Panel questions proposal to cut some FEVS questions
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 18, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is looking askance at plans to cut the number of questions in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
In a bipartisan letter to Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert, the panel expressed fears that an OPM proposal to reduce the number of required questions in the survey may hinder Congress’s ability to obtain data necessary to inform its oversight and reform of federal agencies.
According to the letter, the oversight committee in particular “takes great interest in the annual results and survey long-term trends.”
“Certain questions currently prescribed in regulation may benefit from refinement or clarification,” the lawmakers wrote, “but a drastic change, such as the one proposed in OPM’s new rule, is unnecessary.”
“You should continue to ask the survey questions currently mandated by regulation with minimal clarifying edits in the 2017 FEVS, and in future editions of the FEVS,” the letter continued. “Your agency should also maintain questions currently asked in the FEVS but not necessarily codified in regulation that are used to measure employee engagement and satisfaction. Doing so will allow Congress to help federal employees by collecting the information we need regarding their morale, engagement and satisfaction.”