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Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process

Federal civil service positions at United States Attorneys' offices, including student temporary positions, are restricted to United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island). Dual citizens may obtain additional information here.

Background Investigation: The mission of the United States Attorneys' offices is essential to making our nation safe. Often, our work is very sensitive in nature. All candidates for permanent employment are required to pass a background investigation, credit check, and drug testing.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. If you are not sure if you are exempt or you have registered, visit the Selective Service System’s website for more information.

Each vacancy announcement will include contact information. If you require a reasonable accommodation, contact the individual listed in the announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management has prepared several tutorials to help job seekers, including suggestions for writing resumes. See USAJobs Tutorials for more information.


Employees enjoy exceptional federal employment benefits, as well as a number of work-life programs. See the USAJOBS Resource Center for more information.


Updated February 24, 2023