The National Park Service (NPS) is committed to transparency and accountability. On this page, you can find information about important issues, discover how and why we make decisions, and learn more about the actions we take. Explore these topics:
Transparency & Accountability in the National Park Service
Workplace Harassment Response
The NPS Work Environment Survey was designed to assess workplace conditions that NPS employees experience, including the prevalence and context of all forms of harassment and specifically sexual harassment. The survey results will help the National Park Service take appropriate action to better understand the issue and ensure that all NPS employees and NPS work sites share and uphold the values of respect for others, teamwork, fairness, civility, responsibility, and accountability.
The survey was distributed in two parts:
- In January 2017, all employees hired before December 10, 2016, received a survey. Almost 50 percent of employees responded. Results of the survey are included below.
- In July 2017, all employees hired after December 10, 2016, received a survey. We expect results from the summer survey in spring of 2018.
Survey Results & Resources
- Technical Report: National Park Service (NPS) Work Environment Survey, January–March 2017 (3.8MB PDF) - The Technical Report provides key findings and conclusions of the survey, as well as detailed descriptions of the methodology.
- Supplemental Statistical Report: National Park Service (NPS) Work Environment Survey, January–March 2017 (10.3MB PDF) - The Supplemental Statistical Report presents in tabular form the results of the survey and is designed to be a companion to the Technical Report. This supplement documents all findings for reference.
- DOI News Release: Secretary Zinke Outlines Action Plan to Combat Harassment and Discrimination
- Director's Order #16E: National Park Service Anti-Harassment Policy
Reports from the Office of Inspector General
Issues identified in investigations by the Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General (DOI OIG) warrant serious concern. The National Park Service works hard to address issues raised in DOI OIG reports, and official NPS responses will be provided here.
National Park Service Testimony to CongressThe National Park Service is sometimes asked testify to Congressional committees on a variety of topics related to national parks and the National Park System. Visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs site to read statements that have been presented to Congress.
Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is a tool that measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies.
- Relevancy, diversity, and inclusion define both a value and a practice for connecting the American public to the nation's shared natural and cultural heritage.
- Information quality guidelines are intended to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information disseminated by the National Park Service as a Federal agency, and to provide administrative mechanisms allowing the public to seek and obtain correction of information maintained and disseminated by the agency.
- The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government.
- Public involvement in the planning process is essential. Find documents open for public comment and learn about the NPS planning process.