AGRI-PULSE: LOW EMPLOYEE MORALE REPORTED AT USDA
Jan. 3, 2013
USDA ranks 16th of 19 large government agencies in employee job satisfaction, according to "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2012 Rankings.
Morale among employees at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is among the lowest in government, but near the top for those who work for the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
The survey's measurement indicates the level of employee morale at USDA dropped about four points since 2011.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks fifth in the list of large agencies with an index score of 67, compared to a score of 57 at USDA.
Among small agencies, the USTR holds an index score of just below 33, while FCA is around 72 and CFTC is around 69. Within USDA, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) have the highest job satisfaction levels.
The following list ranks USDA sub-departments within a list of 292 government-wide sub-departments.
31 Economic Research Service (ERS)
73 Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
81 Risk Management Agency (RMA
85 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
116 Food Nutrition Service (FNS)
122 Office of Inspector General (OIG)
135 Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
151 Marketing and Regulatory Programs
182 General Counsel
194 Farm Service Agency
197 Departmental Administration
222 Rural Development
254 Forest Service
282 Foreign Agricultural Service (ARS)
283 National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
The lowest sub-agencies of USDA, the FAS and NASS, have index scores around 45, while the ERS score is over 71.
Also, the FDA holds a decent index score of 69 and the 47th ranking of 292