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For those who left big law for DOJ, SEC, etc., what do you see as the best benefit to have done so (other than the reduction in workload)?

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If interviewing with a number of different agencies and/or divisions within an agency, how do you handle multiple offers? Are you given time to think it over or is it akin to a clerkship where you are… more

Anyone work for cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency and want to talk about it

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Has anyone had success renegotiating pay while remaining in the same position? The last two years have significantly changed my local market and the less-than-inflation federal pay raises are not cut… more

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What is your office social committee called? Events committee? Party planning committee? Beatings will continue until moral improves committee? Social committee? Any fun names?

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New week, ugh, I have just not been feeling motivated lately.

How do you stay motivated?

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I'm a little new here and truth be told, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. Any tips on how to prioritize your workload?

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Anybody know of anyone who actually didn’t get the formal offer after suitability cleared? I’m worried if I wait any longer to give notice I’ll be employed at both places at this point. Any advice or … more

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How do I determine the likelihood of getting a Top Secret Security clearance? I am qualified for a number of federal jobs but haven’t applied because of an allegation of misconduct at my job five year… more

Does anyone know if USAOs make opportunistic hires/accept resumes when there is no open position link on the website?

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What kind of security clearance do attorney positions with domestic agencies require? I’ve been disincentivized from seeking positions with the federal government because I’m not confident about my ab… more

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Does it violate any ethical rules for federal attorneys to use services like FedRooms (specifically the leisure travel options)? My instinct is no, but I do not have a great handle on the ethical rule… more

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Does anyone know if the SEC hires in enforcement at SK-14 or 15 or just 13 and lower? There are openings right now but it’s just advertised as SK-13 or SK-11.

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I have an scheduled interview with DOJ for a criminal trial attorney with the Fraud Section. Any insight into the interview process would be greatly appreciated! (Also, I have a few other referrals, b… more

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Are there any headhunters out there that work on getting people into a government attorney position?

Interviewed with a panel, then about 4 days later, I am now being asked to interview with the same panel members again. The only difference seems to be the timeframe, which went form 40 mins to 1 hr. … more

Could anyone elaborate on or point me in the direction for info on AUSAs, when it comes to restrictions on trading securities? I know the SEC is very strict and has a blanket rule for all attorneys, … more

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How long do SEC background checks usually take for new hires? Is it shorter/longer than the typical USAO/AUSA background check?

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Assuming personal interest in each agency’s work is equal, any benefits or advantages to joining one of the three over the others: SEC, DOJ (antitrust, market integrity, etc.), or FTC?

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Anyone have insight how long it will take after a panel interview to get word on whether the position is going to be offered or not? Recommendations on follow ups with HR to find out status?

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Did anyone apply for the recent CFTC labor and employment trial attorney posting? These things are a black hole so I thought maybe we could share status updates as they come.

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Hi! I’m a law student interested in working as an attorney for the DOJ or FBI. I was wondering how often do FBI attorneys go to trial? If it varies by region, what is the region that goes to trial the… more

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Anyone else here feel like their bosses in the feds maybe either slightly incompetent or just don’t care about the job? It sadly makes me miss private practice sometimes. Any tips on how to navigate… more

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Any suggestions for AUSA interviews? Entry Level?

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For those that lateraled private practice to gov’t, what was the lag time between referral of your application to interview process?

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How long do fed agencies give for maternity leave? does it matter if you take leave within your first year? does it vary from agency to agency? Specifically interested in SEC/CFTC.

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For those who've filled out an OF-306: Is a citation for failing to update the address on my driver's license a "traffic fine" that can be omitted? If not, is it the type of convict… more

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Assuming a clean record, any thoughts on giving notice to a firm before a background check for a low risk position clears?

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For folks that went from big law to DOJ or SEC as a junior to mid level attorney, was it difficult to get traction on your applications? How long were you applying before you got bites on your resume?

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Anyone familiar with Attorney Advisor roles with the ALJ Office of the FTC?

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Does anyone have insight on being an Attorney Advisor with the Department of Health and Human Services? If so, I would love to chat. Thanks!

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Can you negotiate steps within the GS scale? Anyone have any tips?

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Is NYC currently hiring ICE General attorneys? I applied in January and haven’t seen any updates since the referral to the local hiring manager.

I’ve worked as an appellate prosecutor for state government for almost 3 years, but I’m now looking to transition into a federal government agency. I have the research, writing, and even oral argument… more

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anyone apply to the recent CFTC NYC posting? any movement?

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Does anyone have tips for the structured interview process? I’ve done my research but am not getting past the first round. My credentials must be acceptable if I’m being invited to interview at all. S… more

Anyone recently apply for a position with HHS and the background check is taking ages??

Has anyone pivoted from a firm to intelligence work for the fed gov? Intelligence analyst/specialist positions. Just hearing your path would be helpful. Thanks!!

Anyone have experience at the FTC?

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Anyone work for FDA and leave for a firm? Any thoughts or advice (pros/cons)?

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