http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversigh ... 15/DCB.pdf
I have a few questions, if you don't mind me asking. What's the pay like? What Corporate practice groups are best prepared to enter into a federal agency like this? Sounds like the life.
How much work do you actually do at home anyway?
I'm one of the more junior people I came in as an 11 right out of school now I'm a 13, I'll be a 14 in like 6 months after that you have to supervise some people if you want to be a 15 if you want to supervise even more people you can go into the Senior Executive Service (SES) on its own pay scale. I think I would be happy at 14 no more than 15. Step increases each year until year 4 then 2 years from step 4 to 8. You get steady modest raises. Basically as a fed attorney (Series 0905) you're going to make low to mid 100s
I don't know about corporate practice groups transfering very well thats the stuff they do at the sexy agencies like DOJ, SEC, FDIC, NCUA, CFTC, CFPB
Most of my work is defending the agency in employment actions lots of EEOC and defending agency personnel suspensions and removals in front of the Merrit Systems Protection Board so I guess you would characterize it as employment or administrative law. We also work up Federal Tort Claims Act cases but DOJ Civil AUSAs actually handle the litigation. We draft motions in these cases that the AUSA signs.
I get the feeling that the sexy agencies are totally different than the majority of agencies. Most people at my agency went to Tier 1 and 2 regional schools almost no one I've met went to a top14 this is in DC too lots of American, GW, U of Maryland, ect. My gs-15 boss went to George Mason. Most AUSAs I've worked with went to T14. Thing is we get paid the same. DOJ may be more interesting but I wouldn't do it unless I was looking to leave before retirement. But, the SK and CN pay scale that the SEC and CFPB are on are a nice pay jump so I can see doing that plus exit options. Seriously idk the hours SEC lawyers work but with SK pay scale money it maybe the best entry-level attorney job in America.
Any work I could do in the office can be done at home. Your on agency VPN they make you log on to lync (microsoft messenger) so someone can IM me. We also have blackberries someone can call me if they like. I call into conference calls I have done powerpoint presentations over lync and blackberry from home. There is little work benefit to coming into the office. Thats why OPM cancels work with like an inch of snow in DC everyone works from home and there isn't a problem.
I wouldn't call it "the life" necessarily you'll never be a millionaire like a biglaw partner but you'll have an ordinary adult life. It depends on whats important to you. Family is very important for me. There are no exit options here perhaps private sector employment law but I don't have the academic credentials for biglaw. I'm not really looking to exit though retirement scheme is pretty nice too (pension, 5% 401k match) Work isn't to compelling but I live for the weekend. You're not your job You're not your fucking khakis type of mindset. Another thing is attorney employment in federal government was setup back in the day when they had trouble getting lawyers into government so its setup for you to come in and rapidly advance to gs-14 when in reality now theres a slue of highly qualified people that would work for much less.