“While a governmentwide census will not be conducted every year, having large numbers of respondents will allow agencies the opportunity to analyze results and develop action plans at lower levels in the organization this year,” he said.
In past years, the agency has canvassed up to a third of federal workers.
The 2011 survey showed federal employees were surprisingly upbeat despite calls for pay freezes, program cuts and reduced benefits.
With budget cuts and a presidential election, 2012 promises to be similar.
“This year more than ever, the information provided by the FEVS comes directly from many thousands of employees and provides feedback essential for leadership which helps to drive the continuous improvement process,” Berry said.
The survey will take place in April. In the memo, Berry said OPM already was coordinating with agencies on distributing it. OPM announces the results usually in the fall.