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My Coast Guard
Commentary | June 22, 2023

Go Coast Guard, beat FEMA!

By MyCG Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believes it can beat the Coast Guard’s showing in response rates for the annual Office of Personnel Management Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS). Not so fast. 

“The Coast Guard has always been the number one component in DHS, and we've never had to look behind us. FEMA is tied with us now in the Best Places to Work national ranking — and that, my friends, is a nonstarter,” said Ms. Blanca Sanchez, Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity, and Leadership.  

FEMA’s submission rates are currently a bit higher than Coast Guard’s, but we have until July 14 to pull ahead. In other words, we need every eligible Coast Guard civilian to HELP US BEAT FEMA!  

  • Go Coast Guard civilians! Please take your survey by July 14. Get three hours of extra leave! 
  • Commands: Remind your civilian employees to take their FEVS. You’re encouraged to offer incentives for participation, such as pizza parties, early liberty, etc. 
  • Members: Please encourage your civilian colleagues to complete their survey. 

As always, the survey is confidential. OPM aggregates all the data and does not provide individual responses to DHS or the Coast Guard to ensure anonymity.  

Take your FEVS, get three hours of extra leave! 

Vice Adm. Paul Thomas has authorized three hours of excused absence for all civilians who complete the survey, subject to supervisor approval. Instructions for requesting and documenting leave will be communicated from the Office of Civilian Human Resources. 

Employees should use work time to respond to the survey, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.  

Why FEVS matters for the TOTAL workforce 

Your feedback leads to real change for both civilians and uniformed members. Here are just a few initiatives that exist because of the FEVS: 

Questions? e-mailed you the survey May 16. Didn't receive a survey? First, confirm you are eligible based on ANCHR 23-33. Second, check your junk mail folder. Third, email for assistance. 

Your participation in the 2023 FEVS drives the Coast Guard forward to remain an employer of choice. Invest 20-30 minutes of your day to make a positive difference in the workplace.