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Smithsonian named one of the 10 best places to work in the federal government in 2011
Bronze, wood, and gold leaf ibis standing, 332-30 BC, it probably served as an offering for the god, Thoth. Photo: Michael Barnes, Smithsonian.
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian Institution has been named one of the 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The rankings were released today by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service headquartered in Washington, D.C.

This is the second year that the Smithsonian participated in the survey. The Institution ranked fourth in the top 10, the same ranking as last year. Employee satisfaction at the Smithsonian was 76 out of 100, 12 points higher than the overall Best Places to Work index score for the federal government.

“We’re delighted to be in the top 10 again, but it is no surprise because our employees come to work with a can-do attitude and a commitment to serve the public,” said Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. “I see it every day in many different ways and I’m proud of our passionate people and all they do to make the Smithsonian a better place.”

The annual Best Places to Work rankings are compiled by the Partnership and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. The survey is prepared and conducted by the Office of Personnel Management for federal employees. More details on the rankings are available at Joining the Smithsonian in the Top 10 list of large agencies are (in order):

• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
• Nuclear Regulatory Commission
• Government Accountability Office
• Smithsonian Institution
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration
• Social Security Administration
• Department of State
• Intelligence Community
• Office of Personnel Management
• General Services Administration

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