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Set aside any notions you might have that the federal bureaucracy is inherently dysfunctional. In fact, Uncle Sam’s best agencies have a thing or two to teach private-sector employers.

The federal agencies that rank highest on the 2009 list of “The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” have three things in common:

1. Their employees respect the agencies’ leaders. In particular, they rate their own supervisors and team leaders highly.

2. Managers freely share information with employees.
Staffers believe they have enough info to do their jobs well and to know what’s going on in their organizations.

3. The work that employees do matches the agencies’ missions.

Here are eight lessons employers can learn from the biennial agency-by-agency ranking of federal employers by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation.

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