Senior Executive Service:

Opinions About the Federal Work Environment

GGD-92-63: Published: May 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1992.

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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.