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How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, 2nd Edition by Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lily Madeleine Whiteman

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CHAPTER 4Location… Location… LocationWorking in Agency Headquarters Offices vs. Field Offices

“You know more of a road by having traveled it than byall the conjectures and descriptions in the world.”—WILLIAM HAZLITT, ENGLISH LITERARY CRITIC

As the saying goes, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. So what are the relative advantages and disadvantages of working in agency headquarters offices located in the Washington, DC, area vs. field offices located throughout the U.S?

These relative advantages and disadvantages are described in the tables below. (But note that these tables provide general overviews: conditions and opportunities vary from office to office, and impressions/perspectives about any particular office would likely differ among staff members, ...

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