DOI Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is an annual tool for employees to share their perceptions about their work experiences, their agency, and leadership. Employee feedback is voluntary, confidential, and anonymous.

FY 2022 FEVS

The Department of the Interior’s 2022 FEVS will be open the week of June 6, 2022 for six weeks until July 22, 2022. The 2022 FEVS will include:

  • A full census of agency participants, not a sample population;
  • Participant eligibility continues to be expanded to non-permanent, seasonal, and intermittent employees;
  • Detailed reporting will resume at the lower levels, with offices smaller than 10 employees consolidated with larger offices to preserve anonymity;
  • A unique link is sent to each eligible employee to ensure only one response per employee is recorded; and
  • The opportunity to provide feedback on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) initiatives, pandemic-related issues, and other workplace flexibilities, in addition to the core survey questions.

FY 2021 FEVS at a Glance:

  • Administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on behalf of the Department of the Interior
  • Conducted November 8, 2021, through December 10, 2021
  • Disseminated to a sample of the DOI Workforce
  • For FY 2021, OPM expanded eligibility to non-permanent and seasonal employees

The Department of the Interior (Department/DOI) is committed to cultivating a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible. DOI strives to ensure workplaces that are safe and engaging, whether an employee is teleworking or at one of DOI’s 2,400 operating locations.

For FY 2021, the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) included pilot questions that support implementation of Executive Order 14035:  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce. According to OPM, the results of these pilot questions will not be reported with the results of the 2021 FEVS core questions. 

FY 2021 FEVS By the Numbers:

  •  34,859 DOI employees received the survey
  •  13,984 (40 percent) of those employees completed the survey
  • The Department’s Employee Engagement Index (EEI) score increased from 69 percent in FY 2020 to 70 percent in FY 2021.
    • The EEI measures the extent to which an agency created an environment conducive to high employee satisfaction with their job and commitment to the organization and mission.
  • The Department’s Global Satisfaction Index (GSI) score decreased from 67 percent in FY 2020 to 65 percent in FY 2021.
  • The GSI measures employees’ satisfaction with their job, pay and the organization.

Our employees’ responses on the FY 2021 FEVS reflect their resilience during an unprecedented time. Based on the survey results, our workforce demonstrated that, despite the uncertainties and hardships encountered throughout the COVID-19 emergency, we remain committed to accomplishing critical work and delivering public services to the American people.

Key data from the results of the FY 2021 FEVS pandemic-related questions:

  • The Department’s telework participation rate as reported by FEVS respondents is 80 percent. DOI's FY 2021 telework participation rate of 80% remained higher than the Government-wide FY 2021 telework participation rate of 69%. The ability to telework is one of the key drivers of employee satisfaction and maximizes organizational performance.
  • DOI respondents indicated that 75 percent of their senior leaders and 87 percent of their supervisors demonstrated a commitment to their health and safety. Employees who feel their health and safety is a priority are likelier to remain dedicated to accomplishing their mission work.  
  • DOI employees indicated that their organization supported their work primarily through the following:
    • Expanded telework (69 percent),
    • Expanded work schedule flexibilities (66 percent),
    • Consistent communication (58 percent), and
    • Guidance on COVID-19 vaccination protocols (73 percent).  
  • This indicates employees felt that DOI provided essential information and flexibilities for them to continue to accomplish critical work and remain productive during the pandemic.

You Said, We Acted!

Based on survey feedback, the Department instituted the following work flexibilities to help employees accomplish the DOI’s mission while maintaining work-life balance for employees:

  • Expanded core telework opportunities to include supervisory and managerial employees, and
  • Inaugurated remote work arrangements for eligible employees who initiated the remote work requests and met and maintain acceptable performance criteria.

For DOI employees only, visit the DOI FEVS SharePoint for more information about our FY 2021 results (you must be connected to the DOI network to open the dashboard and expand to full screen to view all the data).  Our agency leadership will continue to leverage the FEVS and other survey results to ensure our environment has a safe and inclusive work climate.

Click the links below to view FEVS results:

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