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Federal Employee Attitudes Survey, 1979-1980

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Office of Personnel Management
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
career expectations; civil service; demographic characteristics; federal government; government employees; job history; job performance; job satisfaction; labor relations; management; occupational mobility; organizational culture; perceptions; personnel evaluation; training; wages and salaries; work attitudes; work environment
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains the results of two surveys administered in 1979 and 1980 to gather information on United States federal employee attitudes and perceptions of federal personnel management practices and working conditions. Conducted as part of the evaluation of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, these surveys are based on government-wide samples of employees. Respondents in each of the studies completed a self-administered questionnaire. Part 1 includes information gathered in the 1979 survey, such as personal and employment background, current position, job and pay rate satisfaction, work relationships with other employees and supervisors, work group performance, attitudes about the agency's organizational culture, and perceived promotional opportunities. Part 2 contains the results of the 1980 survey, which was administered to a sample of senior federal employees. The type of data gathered is similar to that in Part 1, with additional information concerning respondents' attitudes about the Senior Executive Service (SES), labor/management relations, and job performance incentives.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1979 Survey
    • DS2: 1980 Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1980
    Time period: 1979--1980
  • 1979 / 1980
    Collection date: 1979--1980
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States federal government employees.
The 1979 survey was distributed to a stratified random sample of 20,000 federal civilian employees from over 20 federal departments and agencies, and the 1980 survey was conducted with a sample of senior federal employees.
Collection Mode
  • self-enumerated questionnaire

    Some of the demographic variables were recoded to protect confidentiality. For additional information, please see the "Modifications in the Data" section in the "Original ICPSR Codebook, 1982 Release".

2013-08-29 The ASCII data were converted from CARD-IMAGE to LRECL format. The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data file, and a tab-delimited data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.2006-01-18 File CB7804.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7804 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07804.v1
  • Daley, Dennis M.. Management practices and the uninvolved manager: the effect of supervisory attitudes on perceptions of organizational trust and change orientation. Public Personnel Management.20, (1), 101 -1991.
  • (author unknown). Federal Employee Attitudes, Phase 1: Baseline Survey, 1979: Government-wide Report. Washington, DC: United States Office of Personnel Management. 1980.
  • Halter, Gary M.. The Effects of the Hatch Act on the Political Participation of Federal Employees. Midwest Journal of Political Science.16, (4), 723-729.1972.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Office of Personnel Management (1984): Federal Employee Attitudes Survey, 1979-1980. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.