According to a federal workforce employee survey, the Department of Homeland Security is the worst place to work in the US government.
The worst-ranked jobs were the subject of a congressional hearing said Fox News. The list is extrapolated from the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).
Based on overall positive responses by its employees, DHS got a 44 percent score, the lowest since it was established following the 9/11 attacks. Putting that into context, the cabinet agency with the highest ranking in 2014 was NASA, and it got 74 percent, said Fox News.
That DHS has gotten consistently bad scores from its own employees based on morale, leadership, compensation and more, was of particularly interest in Thursday’s “Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government” hearing by the Government Operations Subcommittee headed by Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
“The Department of Homeland Security rests as the worst place to work among cabinet agencies, and saw its scores drop by nearly three points from 2013,” he pointed out in his opening statement. It scored lowest on leadership, fairness, empowerment and skills to match the mission, Fox News reported.
The lowest ranking large agencies also include the Department of Veterans Affairs (54 percent), Department of the Army (54 percent) and the Environmental Protection Agency (56 percent) – all saw a drop from the year before, said Fox News.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development came in last for the mid-sized agencies with 44 percent, and the Nuclear Defense Facilities Safety Board, drags at the bottom of the small agency list with only 33-percent satisfaction.
Among the 314 agency subcomponents ranked in the survey, two DHS departments come in dead last: ICE (35 percent) and the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (35 percent). The Transportation Security Administration did a little better with 39 percent, Fox News said.
In other FEVS findings, 7 out of 10 respondents said promotions are based on favoritism, not merit, and only 42 percent expressed confidence in their superiors.