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Survey of Federal Government Employees, November 1991-February 1992 [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Office of Personnel Management
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
federal government; government employees; job performance; job training; work attitudes
  • Abstract

    The Survey of Federal Employees is the Office of Personnel Management's first major survey of the work force since 1983. The questionnaire was designed to provide policy-makers with information that was not available from existing sources. Questions covered various personnel areas such as employee characteristics, employees' satisfaction with their jobs, supervisors, and organizations, performance management, training, work schedule arrangements, leave benefits, and dependent care responsibilities and the ways in which employees fulfill these responsibilities.
  • Methods

    A weight variable is not included in the dataset. However, the SPSS commands created and disseminated by the data producer and incorporated as a separate section in the current ICPSR codebook include SPSS syntax for weighting the main sample only.
  • 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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991-11 / 1992-02
    Time period: 1991-11--1992-02
  • 1991-11 / 1992-02
    Collection date: 1991-11--1992-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All federal white-collar employees in the group of federal agencies participating in the survey. The federal agencies that were contacted are listed in Table 1, Appendix A, of the "Original ICPSR Codebook, 1993 Release." Smallest Geographic Unit: ZIP code
The sampling plan for this study included four samples - a primary sample and three specialized subsamples (one for assessing employee values and two for evaluating pay reform). The primary sample, consisting of 56,767 Federal white-collar employees, was stratified by department and by pay category. The SPSS commands created and distributed by the data producer and included in the current ICPSR codebook contain syntax that may be used to select respondents by sample or subsample.
Collection Mode
  • on-site questionnaire

    The SPSS statements created and disseminated by the original data producer to assist in data analysis and/or replication of the analysis results reported in Appendix B of the "Original ICPSR Codebook, 1993 Release" are included as a separate section in the current ICPSR codebook. These statements are designed to assist data users in selecting respondents by sample or subsample, and in weighting the main sample.

2016-01-21 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9983 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09983.v1
  • Buffardi, Louis C., Smith, Jennifer L., O'Brien, Alison S., Erdwins, Carol J.. The Impact of Dependent-Care Responsibility and Gender on Work Attitudes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.4, (4), 356-367.1999.
    • ID: 10.1037/1076-8998.4.4.356 (DOI)
  • Lewis, Gregory B.. Burning the midnight oil: Causes and consequences of gender differences in overtime in the federal service. American Review of Public Administration.29, (1), 44-60.1999.
  • Lewis, Gregory B.. Part-time employment in the federal service: do the benefits outweigh the costs?. American Review of Public Administration.28, (1), 61 -1998.
  • Smithey, Philippa N., Lewis, Gregory B.. Gender, race and training in the federal civil service. Public Administration Quarterly.22, (2), 204-228.1998.
  • Ting, Yuan. Determinants of job satisfaction of federal government employees. Public Personnel Management.26, (3), 313-334.1997.
  • Ting, Yuan. Analysis of job satisfaction of the federal white-collar work force: Findings from the Survey of Federal Employees. American Review of Public Administration.26, (4), 439-456.1996.
  • (author unknown). Personnel Research Highlights special Report on the Survey of Federal Employees (SOFE). Washington, DC: United States Office of Personnel Management, Office of Systems Innovation and Simplification. 1992.

Update Metadata: 2016-01-21 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-01-21

United States Office of Personnel Management (1993): Survey of Federal Government Employees, November 1991-February 1992 [United States]. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.