Federal Eye: Eye Opener: New survey on federal agencies

Happy Tuesday! The military, president, Supreme Court and your local government rank higher than federal agencies in a national Gallup survey released Monday. Still, federal employees beat general perceptions of state governments and Congress.

Americans named the Defense Department as most important to the country’s future, followed by the Education Department. Most notably, a large number of young adults aged 18 to 34 rated Arne Duncan’s department the most important.

Other highlights of the Gallup survey highlights appear below. Agree or disagree with the findings? The comments section awaits your rants!

• Respondents said the Social Security Administration has the biggest impact on Americans’ lives, followed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service and Education Department.

• The CIA is the federal employer of choice, with 10 percent of respondents saying they would be interested in working for the spy agency. No other federal agency earned as high a response. Twelve percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 picked the CIA, followed by 7 percent who picked the Education Department.

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Dannielle Blumenthal

Good morning. I posted something on this last night (see “The Biggest Loser” post, below). Thanks for sharing. FYI, Gallup is willing to share the full results with any subcomponent agency, all you have to do is contact them.