A sizable majority of federal employees believe they have the skills to do their jobs and fulfill their agency missions, according to the 2012 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report released by the Partnership for Public Service.

Among 10 workplace categories that drive employee satisfaction working for government, employees government-wide gave the match between their skills and mission the highest rating, with a score of 77.3 on a scale of 100. This was a slight drop from 2011 when the score was 78.6.
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Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership, said even a small decline is disturbing, but he added that it still is a positive sign that workers feel aligned with the goals of their agencies.

“The starting point is having leadership that invests time to create environments for people to do their jobs,” he said. “It crucial for employees to have a line of sight of what they are doing, and making sure they have the tools to achieve the mission.”

The findings of the Partnership report is one of the most important areas for the government to pay attention to because it affects the mission of every agency. The scores are based on a survey of federal government employees conducted earlier this year by the Office of Personnel Management.

While workers report they are comfortable with the match of their skill sets to their positions, it is essential the agencies continue to make positive gains in this field.

Historically, this has been an area where the federal government has excelled, Stier said.

“The drop in that category is disturbing. It’s a strength category for fed workforce. You don’t want to see that strength diminish,” Stier said. “All these categories are interrelated and the starting point is leadership.”

Following are the top five agencies for matching skills to mission at large, mid-size, and small federal agencies, and agency subcomponents. The full rankings and analysis are at the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work website.

Large Agencies – Index Scores

Mid-Size Agencies – Index Scores

Small Agencies – Index Scores

Agency Subcomponents – Index Scores