Survey: MMS a bad place to work
Updated 4:33 p.m. ET
Today's news that top officials at the Minerals Management Service ignored warnings from agency scientists is consistent with findings in last year's survey of the best places to work in the federal government.
The MMS scored a 63.8 out of 100 and ranked 111th of the 216 agencies, according to the 2009 Best Places to Work survey by the Partnership for Public Service. The survey compiled responses from more than 212,000 federal workers who were asked about job satisfaction, workplace environment, leadership and work/life balance.
Agency workers gave especially low marks to MMS leadership for "Empowerment," "Fairness" and general leadership qualities. The survey signaled low satisfaction with the amount of information provided by management and that leaders did not involve employees in decisions that affected their work. The findings mirror today's reports that MMS regional supervisors frequently ignored the concerns of staff scientists.
A March report by the Government Accountability Office also signaled serious concerns with staff morale. There was almost complete turnover in the Alaska regional office's Environmental Assessment Section between 2003 and 2008, the report said. Just two of the 11 staffers interviewed by GAO auditors in May 2009 had been with the office for more than three and a half years, according to the report.
The Best Places to Work survey has signaled problems at other agencies in the past. The Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration -- two agencies with a host of personnel problems and embarrassments -- also scored very low in last year's survey.
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