Sliding a Little

It hasn't been the best time to be a government worker. A new survey from the Partnership for Public Service found that the average score of all federal agencies on a good-place-to-work index has fallen by about three points, ScienceInsider reports, noting that the survey was taken before the government shutdown. This, it adds, is the third consecutive year in which ratings declined.

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