Political Appointees:

Selected Appointees' Views of Their Federal Work Environment

GGD-93-28FS: Published: Dec 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed the views of Senate-confirmed presidential appointees (PAS) to provide a better understanding of areas relevant to their federal service.

GAO found that: (1) 80 percent of PAS respondents reported that they were married and their age as 46 years or older; (2) 83 percent of the respondents were male and 81 percent reported their race as Caucasian; (3) 70 percent of the respondents indicated that they were affiliated with the Republican party and 18 percent with the Democratic party; (4) 51 percent of the PAS respondents indicated that, in accepting a PAS appointment, they made either a moderate or great financial sacrifice; (5) 76 percent of the respondents attended an orientation program on their appointments and indicated that the orientation adequately addressed various areas of government policy management; (6) the most common recruitment source of 49 percent of the respondents was through cabinet members; (7) PAS respondents reported favorable working relationships with both career and noncareer senior executive service members within their agencies; (8) respondents generally believed that they were held accountable for such organizational objectives as formulating policy, representing the agency to the public, improving operations, and improving their unit's capacity to perform its mission; (9) most PAS respondents were generally satisfied with internal agency relationships and operations, general governing issues, and career and personal issues; (10) the aspect of PAS service with which respondents were most dissatisfied was the federal budget process and their ability to reassign or dismiss civil service employees; and (11) the aspect of their job receiving the highest rating was directing senior career employees.

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