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Connelly wants answers on FEVS delays

Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) wants to know what’s going on with the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Originally scheduled to be distributed in May, it was postponed until July 13 so that agency employees could focus on their missions and the Office of Personnel Management could maximize participation in the survey.

According to a June OPM memorandum, the questionnaire has been modified to include questions about federal employee' experience during the pandemic response, with questions relating to how employees were able to maintain continuity of operations during the public health emergency.

On July 9, it was pushed back again until Sept. 14.

In an Aug. 12 letter to OPM acting Director Michael Rigas, Connelly wrote that after the second delay, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations is “concerned about the apparent mishandling” of the survey by OPM, adding that the agency provided “conflicting and contradictory reasoning” for the latest postponement.

“It is concerning that OPM would, without reasonable warning or justification, delay the FEVS a second time,” Connelly  wrote. “Views of federal employees should never be ignored, especially during a time of crisis.”

Connelly asked for all documentation related to decisions to postpone the survey, as well as a briefing on the most recent delay and the steps OPM is taking to ensure the 2020 FEVS will go out Sept. 14.

Reader comments

Sun, Aug 23, 2020

At the big outfit in Bethesda, the corrupt management minions get bonuses for promoting a biased race and gender/age policy of discrimination. Senior management endorses such activity.

Thu, Aug 20, 2020 Big Dave

My department ranks #10 out of 11 depts. and my agency, US Forest Service ranks well below 200 our of 230+ agencies every year, neither really cares about the employees or their opinions.

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Tell the idiots in congress and the senate that this is the most insulting worthless survey federal employees have no say in their concerns so stop wasting their time. No one does anything to improve morale by reducing the number of corrupt inept management minions.

Sun, Aug 16, 2020

Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) should be informed that the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is a a complete joke and no one takes it seriously especially the management in most federal offices. At the big outfit in Bethesda, management is the reason for the turn over of career employees due to age and other forms of obvious discrimination. Individuals who take sick leave for a medical condition (who have legitimate issues) come back to the office and have had their responsibilities re-assigned to lesser qualified individuals without any notice to the affected employee about the decision. Also, the management cheats on telecommuting (pretending to be working off site when in fact they are on vacation not using annual leave. The corrupt management lists certain individuals not on the basis of productivity but how they are liked by minion managers with a personal grudge against them. Instead of insulting hard working federal employees with another ridiculous survey, look into what is breaking the morale of the employees. A reduction in the number of worthless minion backstabbing management idiots would be a great step forward.

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