The Foreign Service Journal - April 2014 - page 15

APRIL 2014
initially denounced such disclosures as
beginning in 2012, Chinese authorities
did an about-face, ordering local gov-
ernments to publish their own data on
PM2.5 pollution levels.
Today 179 Chinese cities issue real-
online (but only in Chinese) and uses to
rank the worst offenders.
Many Chinese activists credit the
United States for its leadership on
ronmental Protection Agency created
in 1986, as a model. However, Linda
ment program, points out that China’s
real-time disclosure program is actually
bigger than anything the EPA has ever
Building on Embassy Beijing’s
example, Ma Jun, head of the Institute of
Public and Environmental Affairs in Bei-
jing, is working with experts to design
a phone app that shows factories that
meet emissions targets in blue and those
breaking the law in red.
Steven Alan Honley,
Contributing Editor
State: Still a Pretty
Good Place to Work
ast December the Partnership for
Public Service, in collaboration with
Deloitte Consulting Services, released
the Office of Personnel Management
collected between April and June 2013
from 376,000 employees of 371 federal
organizations (19 large federal agencies,
23 mid-size agencies, 29 small agencies
and 300 subcomponents) represent-
ing 97 percent of the executive branch
The Department of State slipped one
notch on the large agencies list, from
third to fourth, as 65.6 percent of its
employees expressed job satisfaction
(compared with 68.2 percent in 2012).
The top three agencies in that category
are NASA, Commerce and the intelli-
gence community. (There was no break-
out for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial
In the mid-size division, the U.S.
Agency for International Development
edged up from 15th to 14th of 23 con-
tenders, even though its score only rose
from 58.8 percent to 58.9. At the Broad-
casting Board of Governors, the per-
centage of satisfied employees jumped
four points, from 46.8 to 50.7 percent,
but that was still only enough to boost
its ranking from 23rd to 21st. (Within
the International Broadcasting Bureau,
however, job satisfaction fell nearly five
points from last year, dropping from 56.4
to 51.7 percent.)
In his
in the
Washington Post
, Joe Davidson
reports on the BBG’s ongoing efforts
to improve employee morale. These
include informal sessions during which
employees can air concerns directly
to directors and other senior staff, a
“Civility Campaign” to address labor-
management issues, and a Workplace
Engagement Initiative to get to the root
of the agency’s perennially low job sat-
isfaction. One step that many observers
believe will significantly help is chang-
ing the BBG’s structure from a board of
directors to a chief executive officer.
Among small agencies, the Peace
Corps held on to fourth place among
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