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vision759  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:30:45 PM(UTC)
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Hello All,

Can you work as a government employee and also work for a contractor part time?
Or even bid on a contract and hire sub-contractors to work for you?
Be a government employee and have you spouse bid on a government contract?

Bert  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:16:24 AM(UTC)
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It depends on what you are doing as a government employee.  If as a government employee you have anything to do with the government contract the contractor is working on the answer is no.  But if what you do as a government employee as nothing to do with the contract then you can work for the contractor as long as the job does not interfer with your duties as a government employee.  If you have any input on who gets a contract your spouse can not bid on it.  If your spouse wants to bid on a government contract that you have input then you most remove yourself from the contract selection process.
restonham  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:25:35 PM(UTC)
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Actually that's not true.  OPM rules are very clear that, if you are a full time government employee, you cannot work for a contractor being sold back to the federal government.  Nor are you allowed, as a federal employee, to form a company and bid on federal work.  You could work for a contractor in a position that is not billed to the government or you could work for anyone in any position that doesn't put you in a conflict of interest situation with your current job.  If you are an engineer and you want to play with a band in your off time, that's fine.  What you can't do is work for a company that will then bill your time to the government.
 
Your spouse could bid on a government contract, but you have to be very careful about the ethics of the situation.  Basically, you, as a full time federal employee, can't be involved in her business in any way that ends up being billed back to the government.
 
You can be a federal employee or a contractor enployee billed to the government - you can't be both under any circumstances.
digsrocks  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:22:07 PM(UTC)
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This is great info. . . I've got one other follow up.
 
Do you know if this applies to any gov't agency?  That is, if I'm a permenant PART TIME federal USFS employee, and I've been offered a job in my off season working for the STATE - is that allowed?  Or can I work for a contractor that's funded by the state?
 
I should add that neither job does involves contracting, contract awards, or any sort of payments to contractors (I work in hydrology and stream restoration).
 
thalweg  
#5 Posted : Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:23:06 PM(UTC)
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digsrocks wrote:
This is great info. . . I've got one other follow up.
 
Do you know if this applies to any gov't agency?  That is, if I'm a permenant PART TIME federal USFS employee, and I've been offered a job in my off season working for the STATE - is that allowed?  Or can I work for a contractor that's funded by the state?
 
I should add that neither job does involves contracting, contract awards, or any sort of payments to contractors (I work in hydrology and stream restoration).
 


I've dug a lot of rocks myself (mostly gravel sampling) and I also work for the USFS.

If you work on a unit that is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) then this is covered in Article 4 Section 10 of the Master Agreement:

10. Employees shall have the right to engage in outside activities and employment of their own choosing, and otherwise conduct their private lives as they see fit, in accordance with 5 CFR 2635 and 5 CFR 735 and 5 CFR 8301.

a. Without prior approval, an employee may participate in the activities, not prohibited by law, of national or state political parties and may participate in the affairs of or accept an award for a meritorious public contribution or achievement given by a charitable, religious, professional, social, fraternal, nonprofit educational and recreational, public service, or civic organization. An employee shall not:

(1) Accept a fee, compensation, gift, payment of expense, or any other thing of monetary value in circumstances in which the acceptance may result in or create the appearance of conflicts of interest.

(2) Engage in outside employment that impairs his or her mental or physical capacity to perform his or her job.

(3) Receive any salary or anything of monetary value from a private source as compensation for his or her Government services.


I think you would be ok working for the State in your off time but there is a chance that there could be a conflict of interest.  For example, say that you are working for the State Department of Environment Quality and they regulate the water quality of streams on the National Forests under the Clean Water Act.  I would recommend sitting down with your NFFE steward with the details and then getting something in writing from your supervisor or someone higher in management either approving or disapproving the outside employment.  Private message me if you want to talk or if I can be more helpful.
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