I’m delighted to share that NASA has been named the “Best Place to Work” among large agencies in the federal government for an impressive fifth year in a row. The credit for this accolade goes entirely to the NASA workforce, and I am honored to work with every one of them and serve as NASA Administrator.
The annual results of this survey of federal workers is published by the Partnership for Public Service. It ranks nearly 400 federal organizations by overall employee satisfaction and commitment, and also evaluates key workplace focus areas, such as innovation, training and development, leadership and diversity.
This year, participation in the survey increased across the board across all of our NASA centers, which means that more of our workforce made their voice heard about what they love about working at NASA – as well as what they’d like to see improved.
The NASA workforce’s passion and dedication to our missions and each other is also evident in this year’s results, because every single question increased in percent favorability. This commitment to continuous innovation – whether applied to our missions or to improving our work environment – is what makes NASA so special, and is the fuel for our journey to Mars and all of our cutting edge missions in air and space.
I want to thank the Partnership for their continued recognition of the importance of public service and their efforts to call positive attention to federal workers and to careers in the federal government. I also want to give a special thanks to our mid-level managers and supervisors — the frontline resource and role models to our thousands of employees. They motivate all of us to go above and beyond as we reach for new heights in exploring space, learning more about our planet and enhancing human capabilities.
As I reflect on my time as NASA Administrator, I feel incredibly proud to call everyone in the NASA workforce my colleagues. I’ve always said that they are creating the future, and no matter their area of expertise, their commitment to the agency’s missions in every area has made all of our accomplishments possible, and makes everything we dream for achievable.