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  • Introduction to the Federal Sector: Part I

    Greg Buchold
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    One of the biggest challenges for bioscientists interested in working in the government setting is being familiar with the distinct process of job application, the branches and institutes of government science, and the stew of acronyms thrown around by government employees.  For example, permanent government employees are known as “full-time employees” or FTEs, and those that perform essential work even when the government is shut down due to budgetary deadlock in the Congress are called “excepted individuals”. For the past several years a new budget was never approved by Congress, which led to a “continuing resolution” or CR maintaining funding of various government agencies at their prior approved level. In a series of articles I will describe the major government departments, agencies, institutes, and centers where bioscience Ph.D.’s typically find employment in this sector. The Executive ...