Being a Voice for Healthcare in Washington, D.C.
By Jonathan Imbody | December 01, 2016
by Jonathan Imbody
With the election of 2016 now behind us, we the people now transition to the task of governing ourselves—not only through the leaders we have chosen, but also directly through government service.
With a new administration that has voiced support for pro-life protections and religious freedom, you have an opportunity to help realize those goals by serving in the United States government and being a voice for healthcare.
Three Ways You Can Serve
- Land a federal job – The new administration will fill more than 4,000 positions (one-fourth of which require Senate confirmation), from cabinet posts to mid-level agency leaders. These positions often pay well and enhance your career.
- Serve on a federal commission – For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers 269 committees that provide input to policy makers. Committees typically provide travel expenses and often a stipend. Network with national leaders in your field and help shape national policy on key issues.
- Provide counsel to U.S. lawmakers and policy leaders – Use your expertise to inform lawmakers and policy makers, either behind the scenes or more publicly, such as in Congressional hearings. You can employ your knowledge and skills to help shape legislation and regulations.
If you’re interested in a federal job, we can help you by working with our key contacts in Washington, D.C. developed over two decades. So what can you do to get started? Here are steps you can take to land a job in the new administration.
1. Learn about the opportunities and the process.
- President-elect Donald Trump’s transition website
- Help wanted – A news release about needing 4,000 political employees
- "Plum Book" – A presidential appointments listing where you can research specific positions for each agency, Google job titles to find out more about the specifics of each position and determine which of the different types of positions (e.g., senate-confirmed, non-career senior executive, etc. you are interested in).
Top Senate-confirmed appointments position descriptions
Office of Personnel Management guide for employees applying for positions and rights
- Partnership for Public Service
- Administration application - Submit your CV, brief essay and cover letter and indicate in what areas (i.e., agencies, job functions, policies) you’d like to work.
3. Submit your information to candidate referrers.
Freedom2Care (exclusively for healthcare professionals) – Send your CV in Word or PDF format, along with three to five bullet points summarizing your qualifications and a list of positions you are interested in, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Federal Interest Survey – Indicate your experience, interests and values.
- Federal Registry on LinkedIn – Keep your CV and get updates on opportunities for federal service. On the www.LinkedIn.com website (sign in or join for free), go to the search box, click the left arrow and select Groups. Type in Freedom2Care. (If you have problems, email email@example.com and ask to be added to the group)
Heritage Foundation (for all candidates)
- Restore America Candidate Form – Use this form to note your own availability. After completing this step, healthcare professionals can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an endorsement.
- Restore America Recommendation Form – Use this form to endorse or recommend a colleague.
There are several types of appointments available, including:
- Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation (PAS): 1,212 senior leaders, including cabinet secretaries and deputies, heads of most independent agencies and ambassadors, who must be confirmed by the Senate. These positions first require a Senate hearing in addition to background checks and other vetting.
- Presidential Appointments without Senate Confirmation (PA): 353 PA positions, mostly White House staff plus some in smaller federal agencies
- Non-career Senior Executive Service (NA): 680 key positions just below top presidential appointees, bridging gap between political leaders and civil service throughout the federal government. Most SES members are career officials, but up to 10 percent of the SES can be political appointees. (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service).
- Schedule C Appointments (SC): 1,403 Schedule C appointees who serve in a confidential or policy role, ranging from schedulers and confidential assistants to policy experts.
Gaining federal jobs and commission appointments in a new administration often hinges on experience and skills, as well as personal recommendations. If you are interested in exploring your opportunities, please sign up for the federal registry and complete the survey. If and when an opportunity arises for which you are qualified and interested in, you will be contacted.
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