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NASA Tops Survey of Innovative Agencies

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NASA has the edge over other federal agencies in encouraging innovation, says a report from the Partnership for Public Service.

Government Executive reports the results came from the Office of Personnel Management’s annual survey of federal employee attitudes. OPM surveyed 260,000 workers from 32 large agencies in 2010.

Respondents were asked if they constantly looked for new ways to do their jobs better, if they felt encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things, and if creativity and innovation are rewarded.

NASA tops the list with a average score of 75.9 percent. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not far behind with an average score of 75.6 percent. The General Services Administration, the State Department and the Army round out the top five.

More than 91 percent of respondents from all agencies said they constantly looked for new ways to do their jobs better. Nearly 60 percent said they were encouraged to create new and better ways of doing things and 39 percent said their agencies reward creativity and innovation.

“Well-defined processes and systems support innovation, but they cannot create it; that is the role of leaders,” the report says.

Click here to view the results.

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