This Week’s News and Notes: FAA Moves Up in Key Survey; NATCA Loses Beloved Former Rep
Friday, December 14, 2012

A message from FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta:

(On Thursday), The Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit nonpartisan
organization, released the 2012 Best Places to Work in the Federal
Government report. This report, along with the complete results of the 2012
Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FedView), reflects exciting progress for
the FAA.

I am very pleased to announce that FAA was ranked 114 out of 292
sub-agencies. This is a significant improvement over our 2011 ranking of
200 out of 240. The FAA was also listed among the top 5 most improved
agencies in government.

Our performance improved across all three measures used to determine the
annual Best Places to Work rankings:

· 74% of employees report job satisfaction,
· 56% report satisfaction with their organization, and
· 68% would recommend their organization as a good place to work.

Our FedView scores improved in 9 of 10 areas, with significant jumps in
employee Work-Life Balance (+4.3 percent), and Training and Development
(+3.9 percent). These results are an important indicator of the progress
we’re making toward achieving the goals outlined in Destination 2025 to
make FAA a workplace of choice and engage employees in positive changes to
our work culture.

Following last year’s survey results, we embarked upon an Employee
Engagement Action Plan to improve in several focus areas, including
Leadership Development, Training, Work-Life and Performance Management. We
linked specific goals from the FedView survey to performance measures in
Destination 2025.

Overall improvements in our leadership scores indicate that our investments
in leadership development are beginning to transfer to the work
environment. Significant gains in satisfaction with our Work-Life programs
such as health and wellness, employee assistance, eldercare, and telework
suggest that the enhanced marketing and overall increase in utilization of
these programs is making a difference.

Our satisfaction rating with pay improved and even exceeded the government
average by 8 percent, however the survey results and comments on IdeaHub
indicate that many employees have concerns about the existing compensation
system and would like to see it reviewed and improved upon.

Without a doubt, we’re making progress. We still need to move up more than
40 spots in the Best Places to Work Rankings to achieve our Destination
2025 goal to rank in the top 25 percent of all federal agencies.

Agency-wide, we have a chance to use these latest results to strengthen
ongoing actions and create new priorities in light of areas we still need
to improve upon – particularly your perceptions of senior leadership and
overall satisfaction with pay and performance recognition.

Thanks again to all of you who took the Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) FedView survey and registered your opinions on a range of job and
workplace related topics from leadership and pay to teamwork and work/life

I’m proud of these results, and you should be too because every employee
shares an equal part in making our agency a better place to work.

Thank you for all you do.

Grady Padgett, 1953-2012: NATCA Loses A Beloved Former FacRep

Grady Padgett, a beloved NATCA member and former facility representative of Atlanta Tower and A80, passed away in Oklahoma City on Monday, Dec. 10. He was 59.

Mr. Padgett is survived by his wife, Cynthia Padgett. Services are being held today in Norman, Oklahoma. He worked as a contractor in Oklahoma City after retiring from the FAA.

“Grady was a good friend, a brother, a NATCAvist, our Fac Rep, a leader, and a hoot to be around,” said former Atlanta TRACON Facility Representative Jim Allerdice. “But above all he was a good man! I will miss him.”

Mr. Padgett served his country in the United States Air Force. He was an air traffic controller for the FAA, retiring in 2005 after 33 years of service. After retirement, Grady taught air traffic control in Oklahoma until August of this year.

Online condolences may be shared here.

“My father loved his job as an air traffic controller and union rep and did so for 33 years,” said Mr. Padgett’s daughter, Cindy Richards. “He continued after retirement to teach the career that he loved so. He was a good man and loved his family. I want to thank all those who have already sent their prayers and so forth. He will not be forgotten and those that knew him, they will continue to have fond memories of Grady.”

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These are brothers and sisters who are going through some very tough times and need whatever help you can provide.

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