FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. REUTERS

Make the FCC a great place to work again

The latest Best Places to Work in Government reports on the quality of life for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) employees and suggests that new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai can make an improvement. The 2016 report, produced by the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte since 2003, surveys 421,000 civil servants from 379 federal organizations on a wide range of workplace topics. Agencies are grouped by their budget and head count and then ranked according to overall employee engagement. Overall the FCC is ranked 20 out of 27 for similar midsized agencies, with less than average scores for all indicators. FCC staff report increasing dissatisfaction with the agency’s leadership since 2013 when Chairman Tom Wheeler took office. Pai has an opportunity to reverse the dismal and declining scores for empowerment, fairness, supervision, innovation, and strategic management.