The Washington Post offers a number of ways to explore the newly released and somewhat bleak rankings from the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report by the Partnership for Public Service.

Lisa Rein broke down the results in an article that explains how various agencies ended up at the top and bottom of the rankings. Her piece also analyzes what the largely declining numbers mean for President Obama, who promised to make government work “cool again.”

Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson wrote about the Federal Maritime Commission setting a “Best Places” record — in a negative sense. The commission showed the largest drop among cabinet departments and independent agencies for the past two consecutive years. What’s going on there?

The Post will also host a live chat at noon with Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier and the group’s head of rankings analysis, Lara Shane. Readers can submit their opinions about the rankings now or wait for the chat to ask questions about the survey, along with the research behind it.

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