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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904


News Release

Social Security Administration Receives Top Marks

Agency Named Top Government Employer by Equal Opportunity Magazine and Receives Top Ten Ranking in 2008 Employee Survey

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been named the top government employer by readers of “Equal Opportunity Magazine.”  The magazine annually asks readers to name the public and private sector employers for whom they would most like to work or that they believe would provide a positive working environment for members of minority groups.

“I am honored SSA is at the top of this list,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “President Obama is calling new generations of Americans to public service.  They can read this survey and know that a career at SSA is the right choice.”

Equal Opportunity Magazine is a career-guidance and recruitment magazine distributed to African American, Hispanic, Native-American, and Asian-American college students and professionals in all fields, including engineering, computer science, technology, finance, business, healthcare, liberal arts, and education. 

SSA also has received high marks from its employees in the 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey.  The survey focuses on employee perceptions regarding critical areas of their work life, areas which drive employee satisfaction, commitment, and ultimately retention in the workforce.  SSA received especially high marks from its employees for Job Satisfaction and Leadership and Knowledge Management, ranking among the Top Ten federal agencies in both categories.

“Our workforce is one of our greatest strengths,” Commissioner Astrue stated.  “Despite the many challenges the agency faces, our employees continue to serve the American public with determination, empathy, creativity and integrity.  This survey confirms that they embrace these challenges and have confidence in the course we are setting for the future.”

The Job Satisfaction index indicates the extent to which employees are satisfied with their jobs.  Questions include: do employees think their jobs are important, enjoy the work they do and feel personally fulfilled by their service to the American public?  The Leadership and Knowledge Management index indicates the extent to which employees hold their leadership in high regard.  Questions include: do employees have a high level of respect for their senior leaders and do managers communicate the goals and priorities of the organization?

To see the annual ranking of the Top 50 employers by Equal Opportunity Magazine, go to

To see the results of the 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey, go to


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