An Insider's Guide To Working for the Federal Government

An Insider's Guide To Working for the Federal Government

Navigating All Levels of Government as a Civil Servant or Contractor

Dan Lindner


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What is it like to work for the federal government? What are day-to-day operations like? How do I get a job in the Beltway? For anyone asking these questions, author and longtime federal employee Dan Lindner draws on more than forty years of experience to provide the answers.

With simple, to-the-point, explanations of the different branches and agencies of government, Lindner guides prospective employees and contractors through the halls of bureaucracy, giving readers everything they need to know to excel in the federal environment. Along the way, Lindner provides “100 Lessons”—nuggets of advice for almost any situation. An Insider’s Guide to Working for the Federal Government tells you how to get the job, how to thrive in the job, and how to retire. There’s even an additional chapter covering Lindner’s own career “war stories.”


Dan Lindner:
Dan Lindner possesses more than 30 years of experience in federal acquisition and program management for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He was a long-time contracting officer for the Navy, and is well-versed in federal acquisition policy and procurement regulations. He has chaired review panels and study teams, negotiated contracts for major weapons system components, worked daily with administrative contracting officers, established a remote buying office, and served as a Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Specialist. As a staff aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he conducted personal briefings on pending Congressional issues affecting defense acquisition, and co-authored the Procurement Reform Act of 1986. Dan also established and chaired the Environmental Committee for Defense Acquisition Regulatory (DAR) Council, and was a member of the Cost Principles Committee, gaining expertise with Cost Accounting Standards.

Dan also has a lengthy career in the private sector, working closely with technical and acquisition clients to define business needs and product requirements, counseling program managers and contracting officers to develop effective strategies, and helping to develop winning proposals. He also served as Vice President for Mindcorp, Inc., a small business furnishing program management support to both Federal and commercial clients.

In academia, Dan was an instructor for the Navy Office of Human Services and with Fairfax County (Virginia) Adult Education where he developed and taught newly-hired employees about procurement basics.