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Vacancy Notice – AFIO Director of Outreach

AFIO is seeking to fill its Director of Outreach position.
This is a part-time, in-the-office, flexible hours position, circa 20 hours a week.
Pay starts at $25 an hour and includes some benefits.
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If you are interested, please explore the position with us
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"AFIO NOW" Interview Series — Released exclusively to members...

Remembering Chief of Station-Athens, Richard Welch, and other Aspects of a long CIA Career


Released 21 June 2022

Ron Estes,
Former Senior CIA Operations Officer,
on his long and occasionally harrowing CIA career

Interview of Tuesday, 10 May 2022 between Ron Estes, Former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on Remembering Chief of Station-Athens, Richard Welch, and AFIO President James Hughes, a former senior CIA Operations Officer.
They discuss Ron's long CIA career and some of the harrowing aspects of his career, including the assassination of his friend and Chief of Station, Athens, Richard Welch.
The interview runs 36 minutes.
"Terror in Athens — Remembering CIA Station Chief Dick Welch" by Samantha Randazzo Childress and Carol "Rollie" Flynn, was published in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition of AFIO's Intelligencer journal, and is now available here

Access the Estes interview here or click above image


Prior Videos and Podcasts in this "AFIO Now" Series

To view publicly-released videos, click video below or visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
Page down to see a full listing of the videos in the AFIO Now series.



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Upcoming AFIO and related Organization Educational Events ... Full listings found here
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Thursday, 7 July 2022, 7pm CT - Zoom - San Antonio TX Virtual AFIO Chapter Meeting discusses Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System - both supplied to Ukraine

AFIO BulletThe AFIO San Antonio, Texas Chapter (SATX) will be a real "shoot em up" session. Two segments to get you up to speed on the Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher System. Both weapons have been provided to Ukraine. Total program time is less than 30 minutes.
To receive Zoom Meeting ID, Passcode, and links, contact John Franklin, President, AFIO San Antonio Chapter, at satxafio@gmail.com, or call him at 210 863-0430.


Online version of the Guide
AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence
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Full no-cost, online version of Guide is here.

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.

We regret that the printed, bound edition has sold out. No copies remain for sale.

AVAILABLE ONLINE-ONLY: As an educational service to professors and students, AFIO provides the full 788-page Guide online here for free. This was made possible through the generosity of our foundation, corporate, and institutional members, coupled with the donations we received from our many individual members. We thank all of them.

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Other Upcoming Educational Events....includes selection of events from advertisers, corporate sponsors, and others—

Monday, 18 - 19 Jul 2022, 8:25 AM - 4:30 PM EDT - Online - North American Society for Intelligence History 2022 Conference

The North American Society for Intelligence History will hold its second conference online.
Before the conference we will send speakers and attendees the link to Hopin, our virtual conference platform, to the email listed on the ticket. The email will come from nasihconference@gmail.com so be sure to check spam/junk folders. Participants should use their preferred email to register.
** All times are Eastern (Washington, DC) time **
Abbreviated listing of Panels follows. Online listing includes panels and panelists...see link below.
Panels are: Panel 1: Covert Operations in the Early Cold War: A Roundtable Reassessment; Panel 2A: New Findings on the CPUSA on its Centennial: Julia Stewart Poyntz, George Mink, and Earl Browder; Panel 2B: Anglo-American Intelligence in the European Theater of World War II; Panel 3A: Intelligence Analysis in the Twentieth Century; Panel 3B: The Central Intelligence Agency at 75; Panel 4A: Ethics and Experimentation in Intelligence History; Panel 4B: New Perspectives on Soviet Intelligence; Panel 5A: Intelligence, Terrorism, and Insurrection; Panel 6A: New Beginnings in Signals Intelligence; Panel 6B: Machinery of Government and Intelligence; Panel 7: World War I and its Aftermath; Panel 8A: Intelligence Liaison in History; Panel 8B: Italian and German Intelligence in the Inter-War Period; Panel 9A: New Methods and Best Practices for Teaching Intelligence History and Using Intelligence to Teach History; Panel 9B: US Imagery Intelligence: Meeting the Challenges of the Cold War
Full agenda and Registration here


Wednesday, 27 July 2022 - See Website - CIRA National Summer Lunch Features John Brennan

Please join your CIRA colleagues for our Summer National Lunch!
The keynote speaker will be John Brennan. This will be a conversation with the former director. A cash bar reception will begin at 11:30am, followed by lunch and presentation. Lunch cost is $45 per person and includes salad, entree choice, sides, dessert, and coffee/tea. When you register for the lunch you will need to make a choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian entree. If you have a required dietary restriction please let us know for the venue may be able to provide alternatives.
Payment Details: If you pay by credit card on the website, you will be able to indicate your meal choice at the same time. If you are paying by credit card and bringing a guest(s), please send the name(s) and meal choices in an email to admin@cira.org.
Reservations with Credit Card Payment: Log in to the CIRA Website and click on "Online Payments"
Scroll down the page and click on the blue box named "Make Lunch Payment(s)"
Check Payment/Reservation: Credit card payments are strongly encouraged, but if you prefer to pay by check, it must arrive in our post office box by 19 July. You will need to send your meal choice in the envelope with your check. You will also need to include the name(s) of your guest(s) and their meal choice(s).
Mail your Check to arrive by Tuesday July 19th to: CIRA, PO Box 7154, McLean, VA 22106-7154
Additional Notes: Refunds? We are obligated to pay for the number of attendees guaranteed in advance, so refunds cannot be provided should you be unable to attend. Thank you for your understanding.
We will follow the VA Gov's COVID guidance, but will be taking additional precautions to keep our colleagues safe. Anyone not fully vaccinated must wear a mask.

Additional Events:

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 6 - 7:30pm EDT - Virtual - The OSS Society's "Oh So Social" Conversation Series features General David Petraeus + Dr. Michael Vickers

General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.) and Dr. Michael Vickers talk one-on-one about the state of the world in this latest "Oh So Social" Virtual Conversation Series by The OSS Society.
Fee ranges from free to $1,000.
Register here


Thursday, 27 October 2022, 4:30 - 6:30 pm - Hanover, MD - Cocktails and Codebreakers Event

Please join the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) for Cocktails and Codebreakers, a celebration of women in codebreaking.
Pay tribute to the rich history of trailblazing women in cryptology, to include recognizing the United States Postal Service's launch of a Women Cryptologists of WWII stamp.
Fireside Chat: Ms. Jen Easterly, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with Mr. Greg Myre, NPR National Security Correspondent, as moderator.
Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Bill Nye will speak about his mother who was a WWII cryptologist with the WAVES.
Where: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076. Google map link for driving directions and location.
More info here; or Register here
Questions to R. Diamond at rdiamond@cryptologicfoundation.org


MORE about the AFIO Now Video Series....

AFIO launched a series of recorded interviews and other activities.
These programs are available in our Members-Only section which requires your USERID and PASSWORD
— information on current member cards supplied with each renewal. Some of the featured videos appear below.

Prior Videos and Podcasts in this "AFIO Now" Series

To view publicly-released videos, click video below or visit our YouTube page here
To see all videos log into the Member-Only area of our website here.
To explore podcasts, see links in table below or visit main podcast page here.


Ric Prado, Former Chief CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC), Senior CIA Senior CIA Operations and Paramilitary Officer, on his career From the Shadow Wars Fought Since the Vietnam Era... to the Bin Laden Task Force, as presented in his new book "Black Ops." Prado was involved in the shadow wars that America has fought since the Vietnam Era. After duty stations in Central, South America, and the Philippines, Ric served at CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia. In late 1995 he became Deputy Chief of Station and co-founding member of the Bin Laden Task Force. Three years later, after serving as head of Korean Operations, Ric re-establish a once-abandoned CIA station inside a hostile nation considered a front line of the fight against Islamic terrorism. He and his team carried out covert operations and developed assets that proved pivotal in the coming War on Terror. Members-only.
Carol "Rollie" Flynn, former Senior CIA Operations and Counterterrorism Officer, on Rollie's ground-breaking 30-year career as one of the first women operating abroad as a Clandestine Services Officer and later as Chief of Station. Also covered are the wide variety of career opportunities available at CIA, the ways to be the most appealing candidate, the traits, interests, languages, lifestyle, experiences, and skills one should consider prior to making a formal application. Members-only.

Andrew Hammond PhD, Historian & Curator, International Spy Museum, Former Embed in G2 Intelligence and Security Unit, on the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-89 and major shifts in Cold War Geopolitics. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.

Shane Harris, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, The Washington Post, on the US Intelligence Community's unique role in this latest Ukraine-Russia War . [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Bruce O. Riedel, former CIA Analyst, Served on NSC,
Discussing Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship. Riedel is Director of The Intelligence Project at the Center for Middle East Policy. He discusses Jordan and America's Enduring Friendship -- a new publication released by The Brookings Institution. Members-only. Podcast version here.
Melvin Gamble, a 40-year career CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, discussing the Havana Syndrome as well as the need and benefits of diversity in the intelligence community, and in CIA in particular. Mel served in a number of senior executive positions in the Directorate of Operations in the Central Intelligence Agency to include: Chief and Deputy Chief of Stations in Africa and Latin America; Chief of Central Asia and the Caucasus; Special Assistant to the Associate Deputy Director of Operations; Deputy Chief of European Division, and Chief of Africa Division. Mr. Gamble retired and is currently President of Gamble Advisory Group, a security consulting firm. He also serves as an advisor on security matters to two Wall Street firms. Members-only. Margaret Coker, Investigative Journalist, discussing her 2021 book, The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle against ISIS. It is an account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called "the Falcons" came together to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. [Released to public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Mike Howard, discussing his CIA Career - From Dangerous Overseas Operations to Worldwide Security for Microsoft. The variety of CIA career postings and assignments which took his career rapidly upwards and eventually led him to handle all security for Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation. Mike provided security for DCI Bill Casey, handled risky operations in the Philippines, and reorganized worldwide security for Microsoft, its principals and employees, including personal security for Bill Gates. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
James Lawler discussing the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program through his latest novel "Living Lies" - a story about espionage, human frailty, and loyalty. The plot focuses on a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program, which Lawler -- a former senior CIA operations officer -- devoted his career to battling. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas Ollivant discussing the War in Iraq from in-country, and then while serving on the NSC at the White House. He explains the challenges he faced in 2004 thru 2007 serving in Iraq or overseeing the war in that country. We hear as he first saw the war up close in-country, and then his impressions overseeing the war as he served at the National Security Council at the White House. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bryan Denson, author of "The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" — story of a father and son co-conspirators who deceived the U.S. by selling national secrets to Russia. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Toby Harnden, author of "The First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission To Avenge 9/11," discusses the true story of the secret mission of the eight members of the CIA's Team Alpha, the first Americans to be dropped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan after 9/11. [Released to the public. Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
John Lenczowski PhD, former NSC Staffer/Expert discusses "Chinese Influence Operations in the U.S." The Chinese use the media, academic institutions, think tanks, business community, politicians, Hollywood as a tool for massive propaganda operations, Lenczowski explains. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post discusses traitor George Blake's betrayal of a Cold War secret tunnel, his arrest, incarceration, escape, and flight to Moscow and Vogel's visit to Blake's Dacha decades later. [Released to public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Douglas London, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, discussing his book, The Recruiter, his career, and the changes he's seen at CIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Panel on Proposed Legislation Restricting "Formers" from Sharing Classified Methods with Foreign Employers .with The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of HPSCI; Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter, Reuters, Stewart Baker, and James Hughes [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats, CSIS, on his book "Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare." - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Marc Polymeropoulos, former Senior CIA Operations Officer, on his book, Clarity in Crisis, his career, his experiences with "the Havana Syndrome," and advice to students on how to be appealing to CIA and other IC recruiters. [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David McCloskey, former CIA Analyst, discussing his realistic novel, Damascus Station, set in Syria during their civil wars. - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Mark E. Mitchell former Director for Counterterrorism, NSC, and Principal Deputy Asst Sec Def for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, on "the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Mazār-i-Sharīf, Afghanistan, 2001" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
James Gosler former Director, CIA's Clandestine Information Technology Office, on "Cyber Threats and Mitigation" -[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Shelby Pierson - Interview #2 - the ODNI's U.S. National Elections Security "Czar" on her post-2020 Election Assessment and What the Focus is Now - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian on "CIA and Covert Action — Pros and Cons" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations officer and Arabist discussing the "Red Prince" - Ali Hassan Salameh - the chief of operations — code name Abu Hassan — for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other terror attacks -[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Pete Lapp, former FBI Special Agent, co-case agent for the Ana Montes Investigation discussing the Discovery, Cautious Investigation, Arrest and Conviction of a Cuban Spy in the DIA - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Ralph Hope former FBI Special Agent, discussing his book The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present on the power and influence of the Stasi in Germany today - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Edward Mienie PhD professor of Intelligence Studies, discussing intelligence education and careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Wolman author-journalist, on the Life and Career of legendary NSA Officer, Juanita Moody - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Bob Wallace and Keith Melton author-historians, on their new book, "Spy Sites of Philadelphia: A Guide to the Region's Secret History" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Jason Fagone, author on his book "The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager, Iran: former Division Chief, CIA Operations Officer/COS on the state of Iran today and how current and future administrations need to approach that regime - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Field Operations Officer and Arabist on the geopolitical risks the USG and American businesses face in Iraq - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Carmen Medina, former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, and co-author of "Rebels at Work: A Handbook of Leading Change from Within"discussing women exerting power and being innovative in male-dominated enterprises - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here. Jack Devine, former Deputy Director of Operations and Chief of the CIA Afghan Tast Force, on "Spymaster's Prism" on: The Fight Against Russian Aggression - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Caryn A. Wagner, former Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Dept of Homeland Security, on "Experiences serving as Undersecretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, at the Department of Homeland Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Steve Vogel, Author/Journalist, The Washington Post, on "Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation" on A Cold War Covert Operation of many names — Operation Gold (US); Operation Stopwatch (UK); PBJointly (CIA); Operation REGAL (NSA) - [Released to the public - click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Larry Loftis, attorney, author, professor, on "The Princess Spy" on WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Linda Millis, former Senior Intelligence Officer at NSA, CIA, ODNI on "Women in Intelligence" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation Against Hitler and Stalin" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Joe Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Defector Resettlement Program" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Victor Cha PhD, Former Director for Asian Affairs, NSC on "North and South Koreas — Issues Facing the Biden Administration" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Joseph W. Augustyn, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer on "CIA's Role in the Creation of the Department of Homeland Security"[Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Seth Jones PhD, Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS on "A Covert Action" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Priess PhD, Author, former Senior CIA Analyst and PDB Briefer on "The President's Book of Secrets" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Everette Jordan, Dep Asst Sec for IC Integration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of the Treasury on "Enjoying a Rich, Challenging Intelligence Career Spanning Multiple Agencies." - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bruce Riedel, former CIA Senior Analyst, Served on National Security Council during Iraq War on "Early Gulf War Policy Decisions" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Shelby Pierson, Election Threats Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence on "Nationwide Election Security" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Bruce Klingner, Former CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea; Heritage Foundation Fellow on "U.S. Strategy Towards North Korea" [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Martin C. Faga, former Director, National Reconnaissance Office on "NRO Support to the Gulf War" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Nicholas Dujmović, Professor, Author, former CIA Historian, PDB Editor on "Guidelines and Experiences Teaching Intelligence at the University Level" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. David Robarge PhD, CIA Chief Historian, PDB Editor on "The Complexities of Counterintelligence"- [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here. Vince Houghton PhD, Director, National Cryptologic Museum on "Nuking the Moon...and Other Intelligence Themes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board" - [Released to the public - Click title to view.] Podcast version here.
Series Introduction: Stewart Baker, Chairman, and James Hughes, President - members-only

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Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.

Two valuable booklets are available

The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
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Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
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Be informed on career opportunities in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Intelligence as a Career BookletIntelligence as a Career - with updated listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses, and Q&As on needed foreign languages, as well as the courses, grades, extracurricular activities, and behavioral characteristics and life experiences sought by modern U.S. intelligence agencies.

AFIO's popular 56-page booklet reaches high school and college students considering careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
This is the fourth edition.
The publication is also popular with University Career Guidance Centers, professors and academic departments specializing in national security, and parents assisting children or grandchildren in choosing meaningful, public service careers.
This booklet is provided at no cost as a public service - online and in print - from the generosity of AFIO board, donors, and members. 20,000 printed copies of each edition are distributed. Many more PDF copies are accessed online.
We thank all members for their support which makes this educational effort possible.

Careers Booklet (fourth edition) in PDF Format available here.

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Intelligence Community - Eleven Years in a Row
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
and now higher ranked at #2 in 2020

For the eleventh consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored to be in the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers' job satisfaction and commitment. See more about the ranking here.

The rankings were compiled by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) and American University's Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) and announced recently in Washington, D.C. PPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to attract people to federal careers and improve how the government runs. The institute conducts research and helps federal leaders solve difficult public-policy issues.

In 2019, the IC jumped two spots upwards to now be ranked THIRD overall among large agencies, which includes over 17 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first Federal Government survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, "which is a credit to them."

To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own survey instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey in the IC's annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community's information can be compared with that from other organizations.

Other top-five large organization Best Places to Work are: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, HHS, Commerce and Transportation.

Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and various workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.


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