On 30 January 2017, each Active Duty/Reserve member and Civilian employee
started receiving an individual invitation from the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) to complete the CG-OAS. U.S. OPM sends survey
invitations to Coast Guard work email addresses with a user specific link
which should not be forwarded to other people.
The CG-OAS is the primary source of attitudinal information for the
workforce. This information can be viewed by unit type, staff element, or by
a number of demographic variables. The Coast Guard has administered the
CG-OAS biennially since 2002. It is a rich and evolving source of trend
information for leaders at all levels of the Coast Guard. New for this year
are questions related to attitudes surrounding trust and sexual assault.
Participation in the CG-OAS is completely voluntary and individual responses
are protected by U.S. OPM. Commands are encouraged support participation by reviewing
previous years' trend data and communicating these with their staffs.
Many headquarters program, rating, and specialty managers routinely utilize
CG-OAS results to support decisions surrounding pay/compensation (e.g.
Critical Rating Work Group), work-life programs, leadership, safety,
recruiting/retention, diversity and inclusion, and community specific
policies. The CG-OAS provides valuable information to support chartered
groups (e.g., The Culture of Respect (COR) Integrated Process Team, Military
Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, The Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Reserve Component
Readiness Trend Analysis). Programs, Community Managers, and chartered
workgroups all use the data from the CG-OAS to modify policies and
processes. This is your opportunity to be heard.
The CG-OAS runs through 7 April 2017. We are currently at 14.3% response
rate and with your support, I am certain we can continue to improve overall
response participation. Questions regarding CG-OAS should be directed to the
Human Resources Strategy and Capability Staff, CG-1B, Mr. Paul Redmond.
RDML William G. Kelly
RDML WILLIAM G. KELLY
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 3/8/17