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Loop reader survey: What are the best/worst federal jobs?

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A Loop post Tuesday morning talked about a National Park Service official who landed a job in Paris as deputy secretary for overseas operations for the American Battle Monuments Commission —  a job that requires travel throughout France, Italy, Belgium and Asia and comes with an apartment in the City of Light —  and got us to wondering if there are other excellent federal jobs out there.

Perhaps consul general in Milan? Looks like a sweet gig. Or envoy to Bermuda? Maybe something at the U.S. mission to international organizations. . . based in Rome?

Loop fans can help! Please let us know what you think are simply the best federal jobs — based on location, perks, pay, ease of effort, exoticism (no, we’re not talking about dancers) or any other factors that make the jobs worth going for.

And let us know which ones you think are the absolute worst, based on those or other criteria.

Please send your  suggestions by Thursday night either by leaving a comment below, tweeting @intheloopwp or sending an e-mail to: (Entries “on background” are welcome.)

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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