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If I work for the federal government can I work part-time as a consultant in an unrelated field?

Asked by saservp (291points) February 3rd, 2011

I’m considering accepting a job offer w/ the federal government. For some reason I have it in my head that federal employees aren’t allowed to have side jobs? Is that true? I’d like to do part-time consulting work on the weekends in a field COMPLETELY unrelated to the work I’d be doing for the gov. Is that allowed or do I have to live entirely off of a federal salary? :P

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Seaofclouds's avatar

Most likely you would be able to have a side job in an unrelated field. You would want to check to be sure though because it could depend on what exactly you are doing as a government employee.

dubsrayboo's avatar

I worked for the IRS and we were told that it was fine to have a part-time job as long as there was no conflict of interest. We couldn’t help people with taxes or give personal information about famous and well known people. I don’t know what department you will be in but if it’s in a different field then you should be fine. If you still have questions they will be able to give you more in depth information.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Just clear it with your supervisor before you start and you should have no problems.

Ron_C's avatar

When I was an electronics technician in the Navy, I had a part time job in an appliance store fixing televisions. My bosses didn’t mind and as long as it doesn’t require a security clearance, it shouldn’t matter. Of course if you want to be a lobbyist, you could and should have problems.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

My dad works for the Federal Gov’t and owns a small consulting company that is related to his business, but neither conflicting nor competing, and it’s okay.

YARNLADY's avatar

It depends on the regulations of the agency you are working for.

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