Press Release GAO Moves Up, Tied for Number Two in "Best Places to Work"

Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2016) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has improved its scores in the Partnership for Public Service’s list of the best places to work in the federal government, rising to second place among mid-size agencies and tied with the Peace Corps. Also for the third year in a row, the congressional watchdog agency was again first in its support of diversity in the mid-size agency category.

“GAO has long been known as a terrific place to serve the public in a positive work environment. The Partnership’s 2016 rankings validate our reputation as a leading employer. We have a great fact-based, non-partisan mission and an outstanding workforce that is deeply committed to helping government work better and to holding agencies and programs accountable,” said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “I’m also heartened that GAO’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in continuing high scores in that area.”

Issued every year, the Partnership’s rankings are designed to provide federal agencies and job seekers with insights into employee satisfaction and commitment across government. GAO has consistently placed among the top five overall since 2005; it ranked third in 2015 and now in 2016 moves up to second. The 2016 ratings reflect the perspectives of 407,789 of federal workers at 379 organizations based on survey responses on various workplace issues.

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