Don Kelley, center, and other federal employees rallied in April outside Social Security Administration offices in Falls Church. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

In what Obama administration officials are calling a first, all permanent, full- and part-time federal employees will have the opportunity to participate this year in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the federal government’s only way of assessing worker satisfaction on a wide scale.

The data, compiled every spring, are then analyzed and tabulated by the Partnership for Public Service, which publishes the widely read “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report. (The Partnership maintains a content deal with The Washington Post.)

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, told agency officials late last week that an increased interest in the survey results compelled his agency to open it up to more than 1.8 million federal employees to weigh in. The move will more than triple the number of eligible respondents.

“While a Governmentwide census will not be conducted every year, having large numbers of respondents will allow agencies the opportunity to analyze results and develop action plans at lower levels in the organization this year,” Berry said in a memo distributed last Friday.

The next survey is scheduled to begin in April, and feds should have a few weeks to complete it. If history is any guide, full results should be published by late summer.

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