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Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS)


Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyThe Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), formerly the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS), was mandated by Congress through passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004.  The FEVS focuses on employee perceptions regarding critical areas of their work life, areas which drive employee satisfaction, commitment, and ultimately retention in the workforce. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has administered the survey every other year, since 2004.

The FEVS contains 84 basic questions, plus 3 USDA specific questions, and 14 demographic questions.  The findings from the survey offer an indication of USDA employees’ perceptions of workforce management in the Department. By looking at trends across the different survey administrations, USDA leadership also can determine how far the Department has come in making improvements and what remains to be done.