I have been working at US Department of Justice full-time (More than 10 years)
Great issues, great people, much better work-life balance than private practice
the pay at higher levels is pretty depressing
I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Department of Justice (Terre Haute, IN).
The interview was short and to the point focusing upon skills, knowledge, abilities and others of the job description. I was asked questions in review of my credentials, and review of my experience. I was asked why I wanted the contract. The background investigation took a long time with multiple interviews.
None, I bid and won.