The Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation partners with the Partnership for Public Service to create the Best Places to Work (BPTW) in the Federal Government rankings. The BPTW rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government. The 2010 rankings are the fifth edition of this ongoing series, following the 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009 versions.
The data used to develop these rankings was collected by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) through its Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, completed in February and March 2010. This survey, formerly known as the Federal Human Capital Survey, was distributed to more than 500,000 full-time, permanent executive branch employees. The survey achieved a response rate of 52 percent, resulting in a final sample of over 263,000 employees. The agencies included in the study account for 97 percent of the executive branch workforce.
Beginning in 2002, the survey was conducted biennially. As of 2009, the survey is now conducted every year. Annual surveys allow employees, agencies, prospective federal employees, and interested observers to track trends of overall employee satisfaction, effective leadership, employee skills/mission match, strategic management, teamwork, performance based rewards and advancement, training and development, support for diversity, family friendly culture, pay and benefits, and work/life balance on a department, agency, and sub-agency basis.
The goal of the BPTW survey is to provide comparative information that stimulates competition that leads to increased scores resulting in more effective government.