OPM in early May will begin sending out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, an annual poll of what federal employees think of the government as an employer. The survey will go to nearly all executive branch employees in two phases, with six-week response periods for each and the latter closing in late June.
The survey showed upticks in recent years in several composite measures that OPM creates based on responses to several questions relating to those issues, one on overall satisfaction with their work one on employee engagement and the third on inclusiveness in the workplace. Each of those rose by a point in 2016 over 2015–to 65, 61 and 58 percent positive, respectively.
An OPM official told a House hearing that the survey questions will remain the same in 2017, even though OPM has changed its rules to allow for a reduction in the number of required questions. Agencies may add questions specific to themselves, as well. Results are to be released in late summer and early fall.