Senior Executive Service:
Opinions About the Federal Work Environment
GGD-92-63, May 1, 1992
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the working relationships between career executives and political appointees within the Senior Executive Service, focusing on whether changes or improvements were necessary.
GAO found that: (1) in general, career executives and political appointees had similar opinions and were satisfied with many aspects of their work environment; (2) aspects that both groups were not satisfied with included the public image of federal employees; (3) career executives' perceptions regarding many aspects of their work environment were positive or improving; (4) few SES members had personal experience with abuses of the SES system; and (5) career SES members tended to believe that career executives were more likely than political appointees to base grant, contract, and loan decisions solely on merit.