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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

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mayaj  
#1 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:04:08 AM(UTC)
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I viewed some of the threads here and in the other forums about HHS and particularly, CMS, but most of the post seem a bit old. Does anyone have any current information about working at HHS or CMS regarding the work environment, pros / cons, etc? How about any new 2012 hires and information on the hiring process / hiring timeline?
crazyutty  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 4:02:11 AM(UTC)
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Hi there,

    I applied for a position with NIH back in early January, interviewed towards the end of February and I received my initial offer last week (on or about Tuesday).  The offer was a step 1 and I countered with step 10.  It took NIH 3 or so days to accept my step 10 counteroffer ... unofficially.  They've asked me to fill out the new hire paperwork, but said they can't get an official step 10 offer to me for a couple weeks because of the approvals it will take.
charliebrown  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:15:36 AM(UTC)
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Started in 2004 with HHS and have recycled back to the same department.  I have been very pleased with my career in HHS and would encourage anyone to apply.  With anything you meet good employees and you meet those you wish not to see again.  In my opinon it is very hard to get into NIH; but have found it easy to apply with FDA, SAMHSA, and HQ-Washington, DC you also have a good chance of a promotion.

Charlie Brown
 
charliebrown  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:23:49 AM(UTC)
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"Unofficial" is the key word-   Unless you have received an email with documentation of this possible step increase to 10 this means nothing.  During your career in the governement and as you get promotions always make sure you get that cong. letter with salary from HR which is your official communication.  Small suggesting do not stay in the same grade past a step 4; learn the federal process of the salary table and the length of time in each step.  Always look toward promotions and don't get trapped in the same department you may work for NIH, but it is under the Department of Health and Human Services you have 11 other agencies to choose from.
 
Charliebrown
crazyutty  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:19:52 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the advice CharlieBrown.  I actually did end up getting the offer in writing at step 10.  Unfortunately, it took so long that I had accepted a lower pay grade offer from another agency by then.  When I told NIH this, they turned around and said they can only offer me the two step promotion increase (which was a step 6 instead of 10).  Bummer.
PluckyCharmz  
#6 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:24:01 AM(UTC)
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I work for NIH. Actually before I came here I interviewed more with NIH than any other agency (both inside and outside of HHS). I have a co-worker that came from SAMHSA as a contractor and he highly recommends SAMHSA. I interviewed there a few times as well. I think since it is a small agency (almost all of it is in one building) it is easier to network there. It probably also depends on your background and what jobs you are looking for. I was applying to administrative and financial positions. Wound up with an administrative job but still looking for something that utilizes my financial background. But like charliebrown said, I just like working for HHS. After that it doesn't matter as much which agency I am with. CMS is closer to my home so I would like to transfer there eventually.

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