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Best Places to Work 2010: How FLRA got its groove back

By Ed O'Keefe

The 2010 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings are out today and colleague Joe Davidson profiles the agency that climbed the most year-to-year, the Federal Labor Relations Authority:

The agency had lost its way and its calling. Bush administration policies left the organization stagnant and malnourished. Its mission of promoting strong labor-management relations in the federal government, in part by resolving complaints of unfair labor practices and negotiation stalemates, was largely unfulfilled.
But things have changed. On Wednesday, the FLRA is being celebrated as the most improved agency on the list of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, published by the Partnership for Public Service and American University's School of Public Affairs.
This year, the agency's score jumped 2.5 times. Last year, it was a true bottom feeder, coming in last among all small agencies. It now ranks 20 out of 34, still far from the top but a great improvement nonetheless.
"We need to be mindful of the fact that when you're so close to rock bottom, you have one way to go and that's up," said Thomas M. Beck, a member of the agency and its immediate past chairman.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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