GAO Survey on SEC Personnel and Human Capital Management

U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Introduction

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that works for Congress, has been mandated by Section 962 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111-203) to review the quality of personnel management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including issues related to human capital programs, workforce planning, performance management, and communication. As a part of our review, we are sending this questionnaire to Senior Officers across all mission-critical divisions and offices of the SEC. Your cooperation is critical to providing the Congress with complete and balanced information on how personnel management is functioning across these offices and divisions within the SEC. This questionnaire should take about 20 minutes to complete.

GAO pledges to maintain the confidentiality of the responses to this survey, which means that we will not share individually identifiable information obtained from the responses with SEC, nor release individually identifiable information outside of GAO, unless compelled by a court or requested by the Congress. Our information protection protocols include destroying any link between the identification number assigned to your questionnaire and your identifying information before issuance of our report. The results of this questionnaire will be used to compile descriptive information on SEC's personnel management, and the results will be included in summary form in our final report. Individual answers may be discussed in the report, but we will not include any information that could be used to identify individual respondents.

All of the questions in this survey can be answered by clicking on radio buttons or providing comments in spaces provided at the end of each section. Please complete the questionnaire within 10 business days of receipt. This questionnaire is divided by topic into seven sections:

(1) Recruitment, Training, Staff Development, and Resources
(2) Communication Between and Within SEC Divisions and Offices
(3) Leadership and Management
(4) Performance Management and Promotions
(5) Organizational Culture and Climate
(6) Demographics and Background Information; and
(7) Final Comments.

Although your participation is voluntary, we urge you to complete this questionnaire. We cannot develop meaningful information without your frank and honest answers.

Thank you very much for your time.

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Section 1 - Recruitment, Training, Staff Development, and Resources

Notes on terms used in Section 1:

(1) Division/office: For purposes of this survey, the phrase "division/office" refers to your division or office (such as the Division of Corporation Finance or OCIE in the Headquarters or the Division of Enforcement or OCIE in a regional office).

(2) Supervisors and managers: The phrase "supervisors and managers" refers to those in supervisory or management positions below your current level that you oversee such as Assistant Directors or those in the SK-15 to SK-17 grades that you oversee.

1. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements on recruitment, hiring and retention? (Select one response per item.)

1a. My division/office is able to attract talented and qualified employees.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 51.9 36.5 1.9 5.8 3.8 0.0 52

1b. My division/office retains its most talented and qualified employees.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 23.5 47.1 7.8 17.6 3.9 0.0 51

1c. When new people start in jobs in my division/office, they are given enough guidance and training.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 48.1 42.3 3.8 3.8 1.9 0.0 52

1d. Hiring is sometimes based more on personal connections than on substantive experience or qualifications.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 3.9 3.9 2.0 13.7 72.5 3.9 51

1e. Overall, SEC's Office of Human Resources provides timely support to my division/office.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 21.2 42.3 17.3 13.5 3.8 1.9 52

1f. SEC's Office of Human Resources has the necessary expertise to assist in recruiting and hiring qualified employees.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 15.4 26.9 23.1 15.4 11.5 7.7 52

1g. The process of hiring qualified employees is usually more time-consuming than need be.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 23.1 48.1 13.5 7.7 5.8 1.9 52

1h. My division/office has enough staff to manage the volume of work that needs to be completed.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 5.8 13.5 5.8 25.0 46.2 3.8 52

2. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements on training and development opportunities? (Select one response per item.)

Please note: Some questions ask you to look back over the past three years. If you have worked at the SEC for less than three years, we ask that you look back over the period of time that you have worked at the SEC.

2a. SEC needs to invest more in the development of new employees.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 13.5 40.4 21.2 19.2 3.8 1.9 52

2b. The training I have received over the past three years has provided me skills and experience to meet SEC's needs.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 26.9 51.9 17.3 3.8 0.0 0.0 52

2c. My division/office needs to do more to address skills gaps.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 11.8 31.4 27.5 15.7 11.8 2.0 51

2d. Over the past three years, SEC's leadership training has been effective in improving the management skills of supervisors and managers in my division/office.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 21.2 46.2 15.4 15.4 1.9 0.0 52

3. For those training opportunities that you have been involved with over the past three years, to what extent, if at all, have the following types of training provided information and knowledge that is directly relevant to your work? (Select one response per item.)

3a. Training provided by the SEC University

Not checked
To a great extent To a moderate extent To a small extent To no extent
No basis to judge Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 28.8 46.2 17.3 0.0 5.8 1.9 52

3b. External training or conferences

Not checked
To a great extent To a moderate extent To a small extent To no extent
No basis to judge Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 27.5 33.3 15.7 2.0 19.6 2.0 51

3c. Computer-based training delivered by Internet

Not checked
To a great extent To a moderate extent To a small extent To no extent
No basis to judge Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 9.6 44.2 34.6 5.8 5.8 0.0 52

4. With respect to the hiring freeze that began in January of 2017, what effect, if any, has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's workload?

Not checked Positive effect No effect Negative effect No basis to judge Do not know Number of respondents
% % % % % %
0.0 0.0 5.8 94.2 0.0 0.0 52

a. How large of a positive effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's workload?

a. How large of a negative effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's workload?

Not checked
Large negative
effect
Moderate negative
effect
Small negative
effect
No opinion
Number of respondents
% % % % %
0.0 50.0 42.0 6.0 2.0 50

5. With respect to the hiring freeze that began in January of 2017, what effect, if any, has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's ability to meet its mission?

Not checked Positive effect No effect Negative effect No basis to judge Do not know Number of respondents
% % % % % %
0.0 0.0 13.5 82.7 1.9 1.9 52

a. How large of a positive effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's ability to meet its mission?

a. How large of a negative effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's ability to meet its mission?

Not checked
Large negative
effect
Moderate negative
effect
Small negative
effect
No opinion
Number of respondents
% % % % %
0.0 32.6 41.9 23.3 2.3 43

6. If there are any other issues, details, or information concerning recruitment, training, staff development and resources that you would like us to know about, please use the space below to provide this information.

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Section 2 - Communication Within and Between SEC Divisions and Offices

Notes on terms used in Section 2:

(1) Division/office: For purposes of this survey, the phrase "division/office" refers to your division or office (such as the Division of Corporation Finance or OCIE in the Headquarters or the Division of Enforcement or OCIE in a regional office).

(2) Management: For purposes of this survey, "management" refers to those at the Senior Officer (SO) level (Associate Director, Deputy Director, etc.).

Please note: Some questions ask you to look back over the past three years. If you have worked at the SEC for less than three years, we ask that you look back over the period of time that you have worked at the SEC.

7. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding communication within your division/office or between your division/office and other SEC offices and divisions? (Select one response per item.)

7a. My division/office supports open, two-way communication between staff and Senior Officers.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 70.6 21.6 0.0 3.9 3.9 0.0 51

7b. Information is adequately shared across groups in my division/office.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 37.3 51.0 0.0 9.8 2.0 0.0 51

7c. Communication across groups in my division/office has improved over the past three years.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 51.0 25.5 15.7 3.9 2.0 2.0 51

7d. Overall, information and knowledge are shared openly at all levels within my division/office.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 41.2 39.2 5.9 7.8 3.9 2.0 51

7e. In my division/office, communication between other offices and divisions (such as between OCIE and CorpFin) on work-related matters is encouraged.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 62.7 31.4 3.9 2.0 0.0 0.0 51

8. To what extent do you agree or disagree that, in the past 12 months, communication between my division/office and the following divisions/offices is adequate to achieve SEC's mission? (Select one response per item. If you work in that division or office, select "Not Applicable.")

8a. OCIE

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 50.0 28.0 4.0 4.0 0.0 2.0 12.0 50

8b. Division of Enforcement

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 44.0 34.0 2.0 4.0 0.0 2.0 14.0 50

8c. Division of Corporation Finance

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 37.3 33.3 13.7 2.0 0.0 3.9 9.8 51

8d. Division of Investment Management

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 33.3 41.2 5.9 7.8 2.0 5.9 3.9 51

8e. Division of Trading and Markets

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 31.4 43.1 3.9 11.8 5.9 2.0 2.0 51

8f. Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 43.1 35.3 7.8 7.8 0.0 2.0 3.9 51

8g. Office of Credit Ratings

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 29.4 9.8 19.6 3.9 0.0 23.5 13.7 51

8h. Office of Information Technology

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 27.5 31.4 13.7 9.8 2.0 15.7 0.0 51

8i. Office of the Chief Accountant

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Not applicable
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 45.1 25.5 9.8 3.9 2.0 5.9 7.8 51

9. If there are any other issues, details, or information concerning communication between and within divisions and offices that you would like us to know about, please use the space below to provide this information.

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Section 3 - Leadership and Management

Notes on terms used in Section 3:

(1) Division/office: For purposes of this survey, the phrase "division/office" refers to your division or office (such as the Division of Corporation Finance or OCIE in the Headquarters or the Division of Enforcement or OCIE in a regional office).

(2) Supervisors and managers: The phrase "supervisors and managers" refers to those in supervisory or management positions below your current level that you oversee such as Assistant Directors or those in the SK-15 to SK-17 grades that you oversee.

(3) Management: For purposes of this survey, "management" refers to Assistant Directors and those at the Senior Officer (SO) level including Directors, Deputy Directors, Managing Executives, and Associate Directors.

Please note: Some questions ask you to look back over the past three years. If you have worked at the SEC for less than three years, we ask that you look back over the period of time that you have worked at the SEC.

10. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding the quality of management and leadership in your division/office? (Select one response per item.)

10a. In my division/office, the roles and responsibilities of Senior Officers are clearly defined.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 64.0 24.0 6.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 50

10b. In my division/office the roles and responsibilities of non-Senior Officer supervisors and managers are clearly defined.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 42.9 44.9 6.1 6.1 0.0 0.0 49

10c. Senior Officers in my division/office are genuinely interested in the opinions of their staff.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 70.0 20.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 0.0 50

10d. Non-Senior Officer supervisors and managers in my division/office are genuinely interested in the opinions of their staff.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 46.9 42.9 4.1 2.0 0.0 4.1 49

10e. In my office/division, promotion to management is based more on substantive experience or qualifications than on personal connections or favoritism.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 78.0 10.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 50

10f. Over the past 3 years, I have seen SEC staff leave due to being dissatisfied with a supervisor or manager.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 12.0 16.0 18.0 24.0 28.0 2.0 50

11. Are the numbers of supervisors and managers currently in your division/office more than is needed, less than is needed, or an appropriate amount given the current workload?

Not checked
More than needed
An appropriate
amount
Less than needed
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % %
0.0 18.0 62.0 18.0 2.0 50

12. Are the numbers of supervisory levels currently in your division/office more than is needed, less than is needed, or an appropriate amount given the current workload?

Not checked
More than needed
An appropriate
amount
Less than needed
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % %
0.0 6.0 82.0 10.0 2.0 50

13. If there are any other issues, details, or information concerning leadership and management at the SEC that you would like us to know about, please use the space below to provide this information.

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Section 4 - Performance Management and Promotions

Notes on terms used in Section 4:

(1) Management: For purposes of this survey, "management" refers to those at the Senior Officer (SO) level (Associate Director, Deputy Director, etc.).

(2) Supervisors and managers: The phrase "supervisors and managers" refers to those in supervisory or management positions below your current level that you oversee such as Assistant Directors or those in the SK-15 to SK-17 grades that you oversee.

14. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding how SEC management recognizes and rewards performance in your division/office? (Select one response per item.)

14a. Overall, Senior Officers deal effectively with poor performing supervisors and managers.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 16.0 46.0 10.0 22.0 6.0 0.0 50

14b. In my division/office, Senior Officers have the resources (including training and support from OHR and OGC) they need to effectively deal with poor performing employees.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 18.4 40.8 10.2 20.4 10.2 0.0 49

14c. The opportunities in my division/office to get promoted into a management position are limited.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 40.0 38.0 2.0 14.0 6.0 0.0 50

14d. Current performance incentives are effective tools to motivate employees to perform well.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 8.0 12.0 10.0 38.0 32.0 0.0 50

15. In the past three years, to what extent do you agree or disagree that you have been treated fairly in each of the areas listed below? (Select one response per item.)

15a. Career advancement (Promotions)

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 54.0 22.0 16.0 0.0 0.0 8.0 0.0 50

15b. Awards

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 38.0 30.0 16.0 8.0 2.0 6.0 0.0 50

15c. Training

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 46.0 28.0 20.0 2.0 0.0 4.0 0.0 50

15d. Performance appraisals

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 50.0 14.0 18.0 12.0 2.0 4.0 0.0 50

15e. Job assignments

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 60.0 20.0 14.0 0.0 2.0 4.0 0.0 50

15f. Discipline

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 40.0 6.0 16.0 6.0 0.0 30.0 2.0 50

15g. Pay

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
No basis to judge
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % %
0.0 42.0 26.0 18.0 10.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 50

16. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding SEC's performance management system in place in 2018? (Select one response per item.)

16a. SEC's performance management system uses relevant criteria to evaluate my performance.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 18.0 42.0 10.0 22.0 6.0 2.0 50

16b. SEC's performance management system allows supervisors and managers to have a meaningful discussion with their staff on how they are performing.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 16.3 32.7 22.4 14.3 12.2 2.0 49

16c. The time it takes me to develop, review, and formalize performance assessments under SEC's current performance management system is unreasonable.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 22.0 32.0 14.0 24.0 6.0 2.0 50

16d. SEC's performance management system provides consistent standards for rewarding performance.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 12.2 18.4 16.3 28.6 22.4 2.0 49

16e. Changes need to be made to increase transparency in the process used to rate performance.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 8.0 24.0 32.0 20.0 14.0 2.0 50

16f. Calibration of performance ratings by management improves fairness in the performance management system.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 12.0 52.0 20.0 10.0 4.0 2.0 50

16g. Employee performance appraisals are fair and appropriate under SEC's performance management system.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 16.7 43.8 14.6 18.8 2.1 4.2 48

17. If there are any other issues, details, or information concerning performance management and promotions at the SEC that you would like us to know about, please use the space below to provide this information.

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Section 5 - Organizational Culture and Climate

Notes on terms used in Section 5:

(1) Division/office: For purposes of this survey, the phrase "division/office" refers to your division or office (such as the Division of Corporation Finance or OCIE in the Headquarters or the Division of Enforcement or OCIE in a regional office).

(2) Supervisors and managers: The phrase "supervisors and managers" refers to those in supervisory or management positions below your current level that you oversee such as Assistant Directors or those in the SK-15 to SK-17 grades that you oversee.

18. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding different aspects of organizational culture and climate within your division/office? (Select one response per item.)

18a. There is an atmosphere of trust in my division/office.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 48.0 40.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 0.0 50

18b. Employee morale is generally high most of the time.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 38.0 44.0 6.0 8.0 4.0 0.0 50

18c. I have a voice in decisions that affect me and my work environment.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 56.0 30.0 4.0 6.0 4.0 0.0 50

18d. Senior Officers tolerate honest mistakes.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 60.0 32.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 50

18e. Supervisors and managers tolerate honest mistakes.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 56.0 38.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 4.0 50

18f. There are clearly defined policies and procedures for doing my work.

Not checked
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 42.0 50.0 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.0 50

18g. Innovative ideas are encouraged in my division/office.

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disagree
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Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 54.2 37.5 4.2 2.1 2.1 0.0 48

18h. Fear of public scandals has made SEC overly cautious and risk-averse.

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Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 10.0 28.0 14.0 30.0 16.0 2.0 50

18i. In my view, the fear of being wrong makes Senior Officers in my division/office reluctant to take a stand on important issues.

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Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 6.0 14.0 2.0 40.0 38.0 0.0 50

18j. In my view, the fear of being wrong makes non-Senior Officer supervisors and managers in my division/office reluctant to take a stand on important issues.

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Number of respondents
% % % % % % %
0.0 8.2 20.4 8.2 36.7 24.5 2.0 49

19. With respect to the hiring freeze that began in January of 2017, what effect, if any, has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's morale?

Not checked Positive effect No effect Negative effect No basis to judge Do not know Number of respondents
% % % % % %
0.0 0.0 8.0 90.0 2.0 0.0 50

a. How large of a positive effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's morale?

a. How large of a negative effect has the hiring freeze had on your division/office's morale?

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effect
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effect
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effect
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Number of respondents
% % % % %
0.0 36.4 38.6 20.5 4.5 44

20. If there are any other issues, details, or information concerning the organizational culture or climate at the SEC or in your division/office that you would like us to know about, please use the space below to provide this information.

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Section 6 - Demographic and Background Information

Note on Section 6: As a reminder, your responses will be kept confidential, which means that GAO will not release individually identifiable information unless compelled by a court or requested by the Congress. GAO's final report will only present results in summary form.

21. In which location or regional office do you work?

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Washington, D.C.
(Headquarters)
Atlanta
Boston
Chicago
Denver
Fort Worth
Los Angeles
Miami
New York
Philadelphia
Salt Lake
San Francisco
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % % % % % % %
0.0 67.3 0.0 4.1 2.0 2.0 4.1 4.1 2.0 10.2 4.1 0.0 0.0 49

22. In which SEC division or office do you currently work?

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Division of Enforcement

Division of Corporation
Finance
Division of Investment
Management
Division of Trading
and Markets
Division of Economic
and Risk Analysis
Office of Compliance
Inspections and
Examinations
Office of Credit
Ratings
Office of Information
Technology
Office of the Chief
Accountant
Other


Number of respondents
% % % % % % % % % % %
0.0 40.8 12.2 6.1 8.2 2.0 12.2 2.0 6.1 8.2 2.0 49


Please specify the "other" division or
office where you currently work:

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23. Which of the following best describes your position?

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Director
Associate Director
Associate Regional
Director
General Counsel
Deputy General
Counsel
Associate General
Counsel
Deputy Director
Regional Director
Deputy Regional
Director
Managing Executive
Other
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % % % % % %
0.0 16.7 45.8 18.8 2.1 0.0 0.0 12.5 0.0 0.0 2.1 2.1 48

Please specify your position:

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24. What is your current level or grade?

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% % % % %
0.0 23.4 68.1 4.3 4.3 47

Please specify your current level or grade:

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25. How long have you worked for the SEC (please include total years of service with SEC if you left SEC and came back again)?

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1 to less than
2 years
2 to less than
3 years
3 to less than
5 years
5 to less than
10 years
10 to less than
15 years
15 to less than
20 years
More than 20 years
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % % %
0.0 4.3 2.1 6.4 6.4 23.4 17.0 21.3 19.1 47

26. How many years did you work outside of SEC, but in a position related to the type of work SEC conducts or that dealt with issues SEC covers?

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No related outside
employment
Less than 1 year
1 to less than
2 years
2 to less than
3 years
3 to less than
5 years
5 to less than
10 years
10 to less than
15 years
15 to less than
20 years
More than 20 years
Number of respondents
% % % % % % % % % %
0.0 10.4 0.0 2.1 4.2 10.4 37.5 14.6 6.3 14.6 48

Section 7 - Comments and Final Response Submission

27. Please use the space below to provide any additional information about the SEC's human capital programs, workforce planning, performance management, and communication that you would like us to know about.

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28. Are you ready to submit your final completed survey to GAO?
(This is equivalent to mailing a completed paper survey to us. It tells us that your answers are official and final.)

Not checked Yes, my survey is complete - To submit your final responses, please click on "Exit and Save" below. No, my survey is not yet complete - To save your responses for later, please click on "Exit and Save" below. Number of respondents
% % %
0.0 62.5 37.5 80