U.S. Army Audit Agency (USAAA) has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government by the Partnership for Public Service. This is the fifth consecutive year the agency has been officially recognized for placing in the top ranks of the Partnership's competition. USAAA placed 2nd of 224 subcomponent organizations in 2010 (the first year the agency competed in the rankings); 2nd of 240 subcomponents in 2011; 1st of 292 subcomponents in 2012; 3rd of 300 subcomponents in 2013; and 5th of 315 subcomponents in 2014. According to a Partnership representative, no other subcomponent organization has ever placed in the top five for 5 consecutive years. This is an impressive accomplishment and one that speaks to the high level of satisfaction staff have for the agency's mission of serving the Army's Soldiers, civilians, and families and helping Army leaders remain great stewards of the resources entrusted to it.

"I'm proud of our workforce and leadership team for placing in the top five 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for the 5th consecutive year," said Auditor General Randall Exley. "No other subcomponent has ever achieved that! Being a Best Place to Work means we are doing meaningful work and our workforce understands why we do it. It means employees believe the organization has strong values, high integrity, and a higher sense of purpose to which we all aspire. It means employees trust their leaders and believe in our mission. It means we have great communications and dialogue. It means employees feel they are engaged, treated fairly with respect and dignity, and that we invest as much in them as we do our clients. Ultimately, it means we have greater morale and productivity, which translates into greater support to the Soldiers, civilians, and families and the Army leaders we serve."

At the center of USAAA's success is its culture of family first, people always. Agency personnel feel as if they are part of a family and value the relationships they've built with their coworkers and peers. In addition, leadership is deeply committed to providing an optimum balance of work and life. This is evidenced through leadership's promotion of workplace flexibilities such as telework and flexible and compressed work schedules.

Released each year, the rankings are an important tool for ensuring that employee satisfaction is a top priority for government managers and leaders. On December 10 2014, Mr. Randall Exley, The Auditor General, accepted the plaque on behalf of the Agency during a breakfast ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion Room. Also in attendance were Mr. Joseph Bentz, Principal Deputy Auditor General, Ms. Beth Casciaro, Program Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, and Mr. Ira Smallwood, Strategic Planning and Communications.

For more information regarding the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, visit http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/.