RELEASE:

Fed Survey Shows DHS Improving Morale

However Still Ranks Last for Large Agencies

September 20, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to measure worker morale and engagement. The results of the survey indicate that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) experienced a 3 point increase in employee engagement over last year as well as an increase in survey participation.

“I am pleased to see that DHS seems to have reversed a trend and experienced an uptick in employee morale this year. This increase indicates that more of the men and women serving at DHS feel vested in the Department and want to engage to make it better. Should this trend continue, it will be even clearer that Secretary Johnson made morale improvement a top priority. However, despite this modest improvement, DHS is still at the bottom when compared to the other federal agencies and more must to be done to ensure DHS is on the right path. Employee morale and engagement is critical for agency the size of DHS to function effectively – our national security depends on it.”

9/20/16