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GSA Ranked Among "Top Ten Best Places to Work"

GSA #10184

September 14, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
maryalice.johnson@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) was listed among the top ten "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" according to a 2004 survey of government employees.  GSA ranked seventh for overall workplace satisfaction out of 30 major departments and agencies and 218 small independent agencies and major subcomponent organizations.

"GSA continues to achieve excellent results for federal agencies and the American taxpayer through the agency's world class workforce," said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry.  "It is the individual associate's dedication to high performance and continuous improvement that makes GSA one of the 'Top Ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government'."

The agency ranked in fifth place or better in seven categories: GSA was second out of all departments and agencies for Family Friendly Culture and Benefits; third in three categories: Work/Life balance, Training and Development, and Strategic Management; and fourth in Effective Leadership and Teamwork.  GSA successfully increased its employee engagement score from its 2003 score of 64.1 to its current overall score of 69.1.

GSA's 13,000 associates support over one million federal workers located in 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities and overseas.  These rankings demonstrate that government agencies are becoming more responsive to the real and changing needs of their associates. In particular, GSA stands as a model agency for its family friendly atmosphere and policies.

This year’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government results will be posted in this Saturday’s US News and World Report and may currently be found at www.bestplacestowork.org.  The Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation used results from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Human Capital Survey and other agency survey results to derive rankings from over 150,000 responses from civil servants.

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