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Report: Federal Employees’ Perception on Innovation Support Drops

digital governmentA new report released by the Partnership for Public Service has indicated a decline in federal employees’ views on government support for innovation from 2012 to 2013, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

Andy Medici writes 54.7 percent of survey respondents say they find ways to improve on their work and 33.4 percent claim their agency rewards innovation.

Responses to the annual survey, conducted in collaboration with Deloitte, fell to 59.4 percent in 2013 from 61.5 percent in 2012, according to the report.

Dave Dye, a director of human capital at Deloitte LLP, told Federal Times that the report calls for agency leaders to focus on innovation within their areas.

“It’s not that leaders have to be innovative in their own right it means they need to set up environments for people to feel that innovation Is encouraged, rewarded and respected,” Dye added.

Medici writes innovation ratings for the U.S. Army declined to 60.1 out of 100 in 2013, 76.0 for NASA and 52.0 for the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Dye told the publication that sequestration, budget cuts and furloughs have in part affected the views of federal employees.

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