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Teresa wrote at 2007-12-15 03:38:41
Yes, you can work for the federal government with a felony conviction.  I'm living proof. Please be honest on your application. You may not be able to work for all parts of the Federal government, but someone will give you a chance

thacaro wrote at 2009-02-08 18:05:17
You answer is incorrect, and outright wrong.  This is the answer directly from the USAJOBS website:

"Being an ex-offender does not prevent you from obtaining Federal Employment.  OPM or the hiring agency considers your criminal conduct in determining your suitability but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. We consider a number of relevant factors such as the duties of the positions you have applied for, the nature and recency of the misconduct, and any evidence of rehabilitation.

Although there are no general prohibitions against employing you in the Federal Government, there are some regulations which will prohibit you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction. The most common situation involves being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. These persons are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997)

Other statutory or regulatory debarments exist, but are rarely applicable. They cover debarment from Federal employment from such offenses as treason, inciting rebellion against the U.S., willful and unlawful destruction of public records, or knowingly and willfully advocating the overthrow of the U.S. Government.

It is important for you to provide all the required information about your criminal record when you apply for Federal employment.  Then, either OPM or the employing agency can determine early if a specific prohibition exists. "

Chas wrote at 2009-05-28 00:30:56

You quoted the resources found on the USAJob's site, but seemed to mis-understand the quote.

Teresa answered accurately. Unless someone has been convicted of the crimes that are referenced in your quoted text...they DO have an opportunity to work for the Federal Government.

It is vital that we all provide accurate data, as to misrepresent the truth is to possibly diminish someone's hope of a promising future.

As Teresa stated...Honesty, is the best policy!!

Blessings to ALL!!

ivy wrote at 2010-10-30 12:16:13
Also the Veterans Administrations will hire convicted felons if they have serve in the military, there are programs set up for this the veterans administrations takes very good care of their veterans and gives them another chance in society.

Federal Employee wrote at 2011-04-28 21:48:03
There is NO prohibition in the Federal Govt against hiring a convicted felon for most positions, other than law enforcement, as convicted felons are prohibited from modern firearm possession.   This is a common myth.  However, if convicted while a Federal employee, you would likely be terminated.  I suggest you check with the Office of Personnel Management ( for reference and corroboration.  

Cheryk wrote at 2011-10-16 02:39:32
can a felon get a job as a letter carrier? they have two felony charges for theft and drug and alcohol problems?  two 1-15 year prison sentences suspended and probation if they complete their rehab program.

Dave wrote at 2015-01-21 12:01:47
I don't understand how this answer is possible considering there are federal laws the prohibit blanket discrimination against hiring people with felony records.

Jody Social Worker wrote at 2015-04-08 08:07:38
Thanks everybody for your helpful posts, especially Teresa who started the post! I found everyone's post to be extremely helpful to me in decreasing some of the anxiety I had about applying for a licensed social worker position in a local VA substance abuse clinic. You see, I just recently obtained my masters in social work and became licensed to practice 6 months later. I've been working as a supervisor in a crisis unit for the past 2 years but it is 2nd shift (which effects me parenting my 11 year old) and pays poorly. I have been in recovery from my own substance abuse issues for the past 16 years. When I saw this recent social worker position posted I was elated and thought "what a perfect job!" Veterans hold a special place in my heart, as my fathers is a veteran and also in recovery from alcohol. My dilemma is: like all recovering substance abusers...I have a past which involves 2 felony charges when I was 18 years old, 19 years ago! Both of these charges who committed while I was under the influence, I admit to them and accepted my punishment for them. I have overcome much and do not believe in your past holding you back. When it comes to working for the federal government though, I really was unsure and anxious about applying for this job for fear of rejection based on my past! After just reading everyone's post, I have renewed my confidence in applying for this position am just going to go for it! :) Thanks again for everyone's helpful advice. I know to be honest and upfront during the applying/interview process. Yes, honesty is always the best policy. I may not always like the results from being honest, but if others are to judge me based on my past, its probably not a place I want to work for anyways. I try to live based on the motto, "to thine own self be true"...when I am honest with others and myself, I can't go wrong!  

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