David Weaver     
Headquarters, Washington                     
Nov. 16, 2011
RELEASE : 11-389
NASA Named One of Best Places to Work in Government
WASHINGTON -- NASA remains one of the best places to work in the federal government. In a survey released today 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?"

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.

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.

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