Interior tops citizen satisfaction rankings

Interior tops citizen satisfaction rankings

Though overall citizen satisfaction with federal government services declined slightly in 2015, a number of agencies earned better than average scores, according to according to the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index.

The ACSI is an annual measurement of satisfaction in which survey respondents are asked to evaluate their recent experiences with the federal government.

The Department of Interior led federal agencies in satisfaction with 75 percent, a score better than the national ACSI score of 73.8 percent, which includes both public and private sector organizations. Agencies at the bottom of the list include the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.

Compared to a year ago, citizens found the information they received from agencies to be clearer and more accessible. Perceptions of the ease and usefulness of federal websites remained unchanged year-over-year.

However, a few specific online services did rank higher individually. For example, the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid scored 82 percent, lifting the overall department’s 61 percent satisfaction score. Similarly, individual e-filers gave the IRS a score of 76 percent, whereas those filing on paper gave the IRS a score of 56 percent.

ACSI satisfaction percent scores by federal department are as follows:

75           Interior Department

71           State Department

70           Department of Defense

67           Department of Homeland Security

66           Department of Commerce

66           Social Security Administration

63           Department of Agriculture

62           Department of Health and Human Services

61           Department of Transportation

61           Department of Education

60           Department of VA

59           Department of Justice

55           Department of the Treasury

Overall citizen satisfaction with local governments also received an ACSI score of 64 percent, though no specifics were included on local government agencies or services.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

Click here for previous articles by Ms. Ziadeh or connect with her on Twitter: @aziadeh610.

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