Federal Employment:

How Federal Employees View the Government as a Place to Work

GGD-92-91: Published: Jun 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1992.

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GAO surveyed a random sample of federal employees, focusing on the respondents': (1) experiences working for the federal government; (2) employment conditions compared to their expectations before they started work; (3) plans for staying with or leaving the federal government; and (4) views on possible employment policy changes.

GAO found that: (1) two-thirds of respondents said they probably or definitely would accept a federal job again if they were making the decision again today; (2) the remaining one-third said they would not or were not sure what they would do; (3) 13 percent of respondents said they were actively seeking paid jobs outside the federal government; (4) one-third said it was likely they would leave within the succeeding 5 years, while only about 60 percent of all respondents said they were likely to stay until retirement; (5) the respondents indicated interest in programs to help them cope with their work/family circumstances; and (6) 6 percent of the respondents said they were eligible to retire, and many had formulated retirement plans.