The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them.
Findings from an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey, conducted in late December and early January, underscored the toll that those external factors have taken on the SES. Just 43 percent of current SES members said they would join the service today. The view is worse from the outside, however. Only 24 percent of General Schedule employees who took the survey said they would join.