Federal Eye: Could poor morale ground FAA?

The Federal Aviation Administration ranks so low on government employee satisfaction surveys that the agency may struggle to retain and recruit employees in the next four years, according to a new government audit.

Thirty-eight percent of FAA employees will be eligible to retire in 2013, the Government Accountability Office said Monday in a new report. The agency ranked 214th out of 216 agencies in the 2009 Best Places to Work rankings -- a poor showing that could make it especially hard to recruit potential hires qualified to help implement the agency's NextGen transportation system.

FAA employee responses to governmentwide surveys suggest they enjoy their work, but the responses are "considerably less positive than the rest of the federal government" regarding issues that impact recruitment, retention and motivation, GAO said.

"The percentage of FAA employees' positive responses regarding communications, involvement in decisions that affect their work, and respect for their leaders were up to 19 points below those of the rest of the federal government," according to the report.

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