OMB is A-OK
The Office of Management and Budget has been rated the #1 best place to work in the federal government. A nonprofit, nonpartisan group called Partnership for Public Service, which aims to get people to work for the government, released this in a recent survey. Among the reasons for the high praise are that the environment is fast-paced and people get to work with high-ranking officials. Teamwork is emphasized, and younger employees are treated as part of a group rather than plebes.
This is only the second year that rankings have been done; they were first compiled in 2003 and will be done every other year. Close to 150,000 federal employees were polled about their levels of satisfaction with their jobs. NASA was #1 in 2003, despite the fact that that was the year that Columbia crashed. NASA is only sixth on the list this year. Second place goes to the National Science Foundation, and third goes to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Fourth and fifth are the Government Accountability Office and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of the higher-ranked agencies were small, while larger ones, such as the Departments of Defense and Labor, were in the middle of the pack.
Interestingly, the Small Business Association was ranked last, and the Department of Homeland Security came in 29th out of 30.