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Federal Human Capital Survey Results

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS), like all federal agencies, participate in the Federal Human Capital Survey every two years. The survey was first conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in 2002, and over the years, has provided our leadership with useful information on employee perceptions within the FWS.

All agencies are accountable for ensuring the federal government has an effective workforce–one that gets things done. The FWS is committed to using survey results to produce sustained, long-term improvements in the way we do business. We intend to engage employees, develop action plans, and communicate progress.

These results are a useful tool to compare the FWS with other Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus, the federal government, and the private sector. They tell us how we're doing with our valuable human resources and provide information to help our agency work more effectively and efficiently.

Our news is pretty good: The FWS ranked significantly above other DOI bureaus on 54 of 73 (74%) of the survey questions and better than any other DOI bureau on the “Best Places to Work:” we ranked 80 out of 222 surveyed agencies. In addition, the FWS ranked above DOI on four key Human Capital indices: Leadership and Knowledge Management, Results-Oriented Performance Culture, Talent Management, and Job Satisfaction. However, we ranked behind other federal agencies on one of these indices, Leadership and Knowledge Management.

But we have work to do. We need to showcase and sustain what we do well, while still recognizing and indentifying where we need to improve and commit to positive change. Sharing these results is a good start.

Background Information (from OPM Survey Website):

What is the Federal Human Capital Survey?
Who Participated in the Survey?
How Was the Survey Sample Designed and Selected?
How Was the Survey Administered?
Summary Discussion of FWS Results Download Adobe PDF Reader
Actual Results from 2002-2008

Here is a complete look at all FWS, DOI, and federal government responses over time. Responses at or above 65% are considered positive (highlighted in yellow), and those at or below 35% are considered negative (highlighted in blue). Up or down arrows indicate a statistically significant trend.

HCAAF Indices and What They Mean

These rankings reflect agency effectiveness in 'getting things done'. OPM created the Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework (HCAAF) to encourage agencies to create better working environments. The HCAAF supports agency mission results through strong human capital strategies that focus on component systems, standards, and metrics. The Federal Human Capital Survey provides a way to use metrics to evaluate success in four indices: Leadership and Knowledge Management, Results-Oriented Performance Culture, Talent Management, and Job Satisfaction.

Index rankings are based on percent positive ratings of the items that make up each index. By looking at the various items that comprise each index, we get a richer understanding of where we are doing well in and where we need improvement.

DOI and FWS Results by HCAAF Index

Leadership and Knowledge Management
Results-Oriented Performance Culture
Talent Management and
Job Satisfaction

Top 10 Agencies by HCAAF Index

Best Places to Work Report

The Partnership for Public Service recently released the “Best Places To Work” report. DOI ranks 22nd out of 30 large agencies, but FWS ranked 80th of 222 bureau-level agencies, the highest of any DOI bureau. Please visit the Department of Interior information and Bureau/Office relative rankings for the full report.