Japan Nuclear Emergency (2011)

Survey: Federal workers still willing to put in extra effort as job satisfaction drops

After Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant melted down in 2011, Nathan Sanfilippo joined a team at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission charged with evaluating what went wrong and determining how to prevent a similar disaster in the United States.

Developing a strategy for the country's safety and Japan's recovery is the sort of assignment that Sanfilippo says allows him to leave work at the end of the day feeling as if his contribution makes a difference.

Sanfilippo and his colleagues at the Rockville-based agency rated their employer among the top federal agencies for job satisfaction in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey administered by the Office of Personnel...