Q&A Session – Taking a Contract Job


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Is it legal for a retired military officer to take a contractor job doing the same job he did as when in active duty?


Yes, someone can come back as a contractor and do the same job, but with certain limitations. That person cannot represent a contractor or work on the same matter they worked on as a federal employee. To make sure ethics rules are not being violated (they carry criminal penalties). Contact your designated agency ethics official. They will give you an answer.


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