GETTING A JOB WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHEN YOUR BACKGROUND INCLUDES A FELONY


(Note: This is adapted from The Washington Post, March 15, 2009, H-1, by Derrick T. Dortch, president of the Diversa Group. He is a career counselor specializing in government searches and military transitions.)

A felony does not prevent a person from working for the federal government. But it does prevent him/her from working for specific agencies, such as those in the law enforcement, national security, homeland security, defense, and intelligence communities.

In addition, depending on the nature of the crime and severity of the sentence, the person might not be eligible for a security clearance.

But he/she is eligible to apply for most other federal positions.