What is it like to work for the federal government? What are day-to-day operations like? How do I get a job in the Beltway? For anyone asking these questions, author and longtime federal employee Dan Lindner draws on more than forty years of experience to provide the answers.
With simple, to-the-point, explanations of the different branches and agencies of government, Lindner guides prospective employees and contractors through the halls of bureaucracy, giving readers everything they need to know to excel in the federal environment. Along the way, Lindner provides “100 Lessons”—nuggets of advice for almost any situation. An Insider’s Guide to Working for the Federal Government tells you how to get the job, how to thrive in the job, and how to retire. There’s even an additional chapter covering Lindner’s own career “war stories.”
Dan Lindner possesses more than 40 years of experience in federal acquisition and program management for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He was a long-time contracting officer for the Navy, and is well-versed in federal acquisition policy and procurement regulations. He has chaired review panels and study teams, negotiated contracts for major weapons system components, worked daily with administrative contracting officers, established a remote buying office, and served as a Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Specialist. As a staff aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he conducted personal briefings on pending Congressional issues affecting defense acquisition, and co-authored the Procurement Reform Act of 1986. Dan also established and chaired the Environmental Committee for Defense Acquisition Regulatory (DAR) Council, and was a member of the Cost Principles Committee, gaining expertise with Cost Accounting Standards.Dan also has a lengthy career in the private sector, working closely with technical and acquisition clients to define business needs and product requirements, counseling program managers and contracting officers to develop effective strategies, and helping to develop winning proposals. He also served as Vice President for Mindcorp, Inc., a small business furnishing program management support to both Federal and commercial clients.In academia, Dan was an instructor for the Navy Office of Human Services and with Fairfax County (Virginia) Adult Education where he developed and taught newly-hired employees about procurement basics.
Lindner offers up another indispensable guide to the particulars of navigating the federal bureaucracy from within. This all-in-one guide introduces readers to the general structure of the U.S. government, the different types of employment available, the application process, and career performance and planning from day one until retirement. The guide is comprehensive and well written, equally applicable to readers who are considering applying for entry-level jobs and those applying for managerial positions. The process of applying for and working within the federal bureaucracy is entirely different from anything experienced in the private sector. Researching the various requirements, pay grades, and experience levels could become a full-time job in and of itself. This guide gives the reader pertinent information along with 100 “lessons” (pieces of advice dispensed in one-sentence highlights throughout the text) that will provide a single road map to the entire process. Nothing is overlooked in this guide; there are exhaustive lists of every federal agency, bureau, committee, service, etc. within all three branches of government. Recommended for large public libraries, academic libraries, and career centers.