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NNSA Improves Standing in ‘Best Places to Work’ for Second Year in a Row

December 22, 2016

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Advances made since 2014 show the significant gains the agency has made in supporting its workforce

WASHINGTON — For the second year in a row, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has made significant gains in its “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings. This year, NNSA improved its score in the index by nearly 12 points to a score a 62.5. Just two years ago, that number was 44.7.

“By focusing on the mission and our people, NNSA continues to make significant progress in empowering our team members, making sure they have the training and skills to do the job and ensuring that the right leaders are in place to complete their objectives,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.). “This year’s result are a powerful indicator that our efforts are having a positive impact.”

The Best Places to Work metrics are based on Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) data, which compared to last year showed marked improvements in the areas of:

  • Effective leadership
  • Employee empowerment
  • Managing the mission strategically
  • Support for diversity

The rankings, an independent analysis of federal workers’ job satisfaction and commitment based on FEVS data, provide critical information to help agencies, the administration, and Congress assess workplace performance by measuring overall satisfaction and commitment, as well as employee attitudes on various workplace categories.

The FEVS, which is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, includes 379 federal agencies and their subcomponents, which represent the vast majority of the federal executive branch workforce.

The Best Places to Work rankings are made by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that aims to revitalize the federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit for more information.