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2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Open Through Dec. 10

A blue sign reads: FEVS share your feedback by December 10 - personalized email will go to sample of eligible NIH employees

The 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is currently open until Friday, Dec. 10. The highly anticipated government-wide survey gives eligible federal employees an opportunity annually to provide confidential feedback about work satisfaction, leadership and work/life balance. 

Last year, 10,976 employees (68 percent of eligible NIH staff) completed the survey to voice their opinions. NIH participation has grown more than 28 percent in the past 6 years as leaders across the agency began to prioritize FEVS and its data transparency, making pivotal changes based on employee feedback.  

This year, instead of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s normal approach to provide a census survey to all federal NIH employees, OPM will be conducting a stratified sample. OPM will send a personalized invitation to a sample of 7,956 NIH employees, representing 43 percent of the usual eligible workforce.  

Eligible federal employees who will be included in the sample are full- and part-time permanent and non-permanent employees, on board on or before Apr. 25, 2021. 

Employees selected by OPM to participate will receive an email:

From: Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey-HE

Subject: 2021 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

It is anticipated that in May 2022, FEVS will return to a survey of all eligible federal NIH employees.

For more information on FEVS, visit or email

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