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Four weeks to prove myself or fall flat on my face

My office has an opening for a supervisor. They've decided that since things move slowly in our organization (government), before selecting someone permanent for the job, it will be opened up to the office and anyone interested can serve in the position for four weeks to "get full sense of the responsibilities." I'm interested in the job for a few reasons but concerned about the pitfalls of being a supervisor for merely four weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2014 - 8 answers

What does a federal legal assistant do?

I recently applied for and am now actively being considered for a legal assistant/senior case technician position with the federal government (Social Security Administration). The job description sounds a lot like what I used to do as a paralegal (reviewing records, analyzing cases, making recommendations for further action, contacting medical providers), but I'm worried that what I've actually applied for is a secretarial position (e.g., making travel arrangements, maintaining calendars, hanging out a copy machine a lot, collating and binding copies). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Identify my job (government/nonprofit) so I can find a different one

What is in a job title? What partnership building jobs exist in the public and nonprofit sectors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

miss manners: government shutdown edition

How can I, a government employee, tactfully field ribs about being furloughed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2013 - 38 answers

I love my country; just don't make me live there.

I am a US citizen living and working overseas until mid-2015. I want to figure out how to make it permanent. Difficulty: I am a federal employee in a sensitive position, and so I can't just pull chocks and do the same work for somebody else. How do I solve this in the next two years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2013 - 12 answers

SF85 - Please calm me down.

I have accepted a job through a contractor and start next week. I have just been sent the SF85P-S and SF85P to fill out and bring with me the first day of my job. I am freaking out. I figure if it was a super huge deal and not just a formality, they would have had me fill out this stuff a while back, right? I had no idea I would be filling this out or that the job was a federal agency, I thought it was just for the state, like civil service. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Career ladder positions in the Federal system.

I am in a career ladder position in the Federal government. I'm approaching the end of my first year on the job. I have heard from colleagues/friends in government, that going up to the next GS-level in the ladder is almost automatic (requires sign-off from supervisor). Is this true? How do I request this increase from my supervisor? Also, can you help me find documents online which show that one is eligible to go up a grade after one year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

I would like to keep my job, but I might have to sue you...

What are best practices for navigating an employment situation that maybe is heading in the direction of filing a complaint with an EEO commission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

If three-quarters of Washington isn't already on on psych meds, they should be

Does being treated for anxiety disorder pose a threat to the career of a mid-level Treasury employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 answers

How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?

How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

What happens to a cleance if I leave the job?

Will a U.S. security clearance investigation in progress be halted if I leave my sponsoring company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I hope for future government employment after failing an SF85P?

Having failed an SF85P investigation, have I wrecked any chances of future government employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions

I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Secretary with the big "S"

Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 6 answers

But I'd have to kill you...

Is clinical depression generally a disqualifier for positions entailing a psychological exam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Public sector $

I would like to find out the starting salary for a particular graduate program within a Victorian (Australia) statutory body, and how it compares to private sector salaries. I have been able to find Federal government pay classifications but not the Victorian ones, but I believe they should be available somewhere. Unfortunately, Google has not been helpful. Can someone enlighten?
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I go to law school if I have no interest in being a lawyer?

Does it make sense to go to law school if I never intend on actually practicing law? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 51 answers

Should I cash this check?

I served on grand jury duty and received a check today for the standard $40 a day. However, I had told the court previously that my job did not dock my pay, so I should not receive a check for my service. Should I cash it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 - 32 answers

Tips for a newbie convention delegate to not seem like a newbie?

Tips for a newbie delegate to a political convention? I agreed to act not only as a Democrat delegate but as a vice-chair for my precinct. Our county organizing convention is coming up this weekend. I've read a tiny bit about what to expect on the agenda (but not a lot), but am more worried about just seeming out of place. I'm young, don't have a lot of political experience, and also had to change my affiliation from unaffiliated to do this. Part of me says that in a state where Democrats are a minority no one will be judging me for wanting to serve, but what can you tell me (or links can you give me...) to better prepare me? I'm looking for both what I should know about how it'll run and the more nuanced aspects of interaction/networking/flow.
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

As an expat, should I register with the Canadian govt?

I'm a Canadian (Ontario) citizen, currently living in Eastern Europe. I usually "register" with the Canadian govt. each time I live abroad, just because, well, you never know what might happen. But this time, I have a couple questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Don't Worry About the Government

Government security clearance help: how long does it take? What will (and won't) they find? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Journalist/Political Blogging from, and about, Turkey. Censorship issues?

I'm re-locating to Turkey in the upcoming months (due to unrelated circumstances), and whilst there, I intend on starting, and keeping, a regular blog about current events, human rights issues, the EU bid, and such. Photojournalism, where appropriate - and available - will also be included. So, I suppose I have a few questions. (long post, my apologies!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Labor law help needed for socal govt contract employee

I believe my company, a government contractor, is using alot of grey areas in their employee time cards to get away with paying as little as possible. For example, I am listed with them as "salary", which by my understanding would mean I get x amount of payment per pay period. However, they still have everyone fill out a time card, and pay us per the hours we have worked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 - 14 answers

With the recent election, when's the best time to apply for a gov. job?

Given the recent presidential election, what's the best time to apply for a job with the Federal Government? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum?

Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum? Say theoretically a government department ran a consultation via web forum, with invited, non anonymous participants, and wasn't happy with what some of their own staff said. Would it be ok for them to order the staff to edit the posts? Are there any useful examples of the consequences?
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Should I pursue or let it go?

I currently work for the government and recently applied for another job in a different location (still with the government). The new job description sounds like it was written for me. I am currently doing the exact same job and more at the same pay grade. I am extremely well qualified and went to one of the best schools in the country for this field. The problem is – I didn’t even get past the first hurdle to be considered for an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Do I confess to Uncle Sam?

I'm thinking about applying for a government job in a field which would almost certainly require a backgound check. I've toked up. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2006 - 30 answers

I've never read the paper and now at 30+ want to educate myself on Politics, Gov, Current Events, World History, etc. Where to start?

I'm over 30 and probably know as much or less about history, politics/ gov, and current events as my 7 year old niece. Now, I want to be aware and don't know where to begin. I've tried just "merging in" but the references, terms, and names are lost on me. I need a starting point that will give me a framework or bird's eye view to start from and build on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2005 - 27 answers

Government background check

I opened my unlisted mailbox this morning to find an unaddressed business card with the seal of a federal agency, claiming that "The U.S. Government is conducting a background investigation on a person you may know." Is it for real and what should I make of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2005 - 48 answers

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