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Agency Named #1 Best Place to Work of 28 Small Federal Agencies in 2019;
Operations Office Ranked 3rd Best of 420 Agency Subcomponents


The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is the best small federal government agency to work for and has the highest overall engagement score of all federal agencies analyzed, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s 2019 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

The agency was ranked #1 among the 28 small agencies included in the annual employee engagement rankings produced by the Partnership for Public Service.  The 2019 results were released on December 17, 2019.

The USITC ranked first among small agencies for the first time in 2019, after ranking second in 2018 and 2017.  The agency increased its engagement score by 0.1 points to 85.8 in 2019, the highest overall score achieved by any federal government agency.  The Commission’s overall engagement score has improved by more than 25 points over the last seven years. 

The Commission’s Office of Operations was ranked third among 420 governmentwide subcomponents in 2019.

The rankings are based on data from the Office of Personnel Management’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which was administered May through June 2019 to permanent executive branch employees.  Additional data from 10 agencies that completed surveys with similar questions during a comparable time frame as well as employees at the nation’s intelligence agencies are included in the results.

The USITC also had the highest FEVS response rate in the federal government in 2019.

The rankings cover 490 federal agencies and subcomponents, which includes 17 large federal agencies, 25 midsize agencies, 28 small agencies, and 420 subcomponents.  According to the Partnership for Public Service, the rankings provide employee perspectives on leadership, pay, innovation, work-life balance, and a range of other issues.  The rankings provide a way to measure the engagement of the federal workforce, as well as at individual departments and agencies, and their subcomponents, according to the group.

See the Partnership for Public Service’s analysis of the USITC’s overall score and the Office of Operations’ score for more information.