NOAA
Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce


February 13, 2019

Greetings Coast Survey,

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey or FEVS, provides a snapshot of the federal workforce perceptions about their agency, their role within their organization, and the work that they do in serving the American people. For the first time, the 2018 survey went out to every federal civil servant, providing a wealth of information for managers at various levels to understand their organizations on a deeper level.

Sixty-one percent of Coast Survey employees provided their feedback in last year’s FEVS, that is up 14 percent from 2017. The results told us that Coast Survey employees feel their work is important, that supervisors treat employees with respect, and employees look for better ways to do their jobs! In the same vein, there are areas with room for improvement; such as having sufficient resources to do the job (e.g. training, staffing), understanding what is going on in the organization, and opportunities to get a better job within Coast Survey. These results have been further analyzed and questions have been developed to solicit greater clarity on areas that scored lower. While there are not always easy and straightforward solutions to these challenges, leadership is committed to making improvements.

We want to hear from you! You are encouraged to participate in the FEVS Follow Up Survey, coming out in the next several weeks. The input to this survey is completely anonymous and used to make recommendations to senior leaders to make Coast Survey an even better place to work!

You will learn more about this as well as Coast Survey’s new strategic plan next Wednesday, February 20, during our all hands meeting. Click here to add this meeting to your Google Calendar.

Kathryn Ries
Deputy Director, Office of Coast Survey