NASA remains one of the best places to work in the federal government. In a survey released by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, the agency retains its ranking of number five.
"Those of us at NASA know it's a great place to work," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We are the world leader in space exploration and cutting-edge science missions, and contribute to the economic vitality of our great nation. We reach for new heights and challenge our employees to carry out missions to benefit humankind. What job could be better than that?"
NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center stands at the top of the list of NASA centers.
"I also want to acknowledge Stennis Space Center," Bolden said. "They were ranked second out of 240 organizations within the federal government. I'm particularly proud that Stennis was ranked first in the government for employee empowerment, fairness and support for diversity."
The rankings draw on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Employee Viewpoint Survey of more than 150,000 executive branch employees. The evaluation helps job-seekers assess agencies and federal managers improve their workplaces.
"I am extremely honored to lead such an exceptional workforce here at Stennis Space Center," Stennis Space Center Director Patrick Scheuermann said. "The individuals who work at Stennis take pride in what they do, and they know that their efforts truly make a difference."
NASA this week opened up recruitment for the 2013 class of astronauts, who will fly to the International Space Station and visit farther destinations such as Mars. As the agency enters a new era of exploration and develops new capabilities to explore the solar system and beyond, workers with a wide range of skills and interests will be critical.
For more about NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov
For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.
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