Cover letter for a federal government job(5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a federal government job.”

Samples of cover letters for a federal government job

To get a federal government job, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a federal government job”


Hiring Manager Name

Federal Agency, Department, or Administration Name

Street Address

Dear [Hiring Manager Name],

Three months ago, I broke a record that I had always thought unbreakable. My supervisor at the Federal Milk Market Administration tasked me with supporting 7 staff and over 70 projects. I argued that it couldn’t be done—after all, I’d supported at most 5 staff and 50 projects in the past, and that degree of work had sorely stretched my skills. But after working to improve my efficiency with MS Office and database management software, I was in fact able to support 10 staff and over 100 projects.

Your job listing on USAJobs says you need an office automation clerk who can manage staff calendars and documents, and answer phones. In the past two years, I:

Managed staff calendars. Used MS One Calendar to manage schedules for 10 staff members with 99% positive feedback for efficiency and communication.

Managed documents. Stored, retrieved, edited, and printed over 300 documents per month, in both electronic and paper formats.

Answered phones. Fielded 200+ phone calls per month, referring callers to the appropriate staff members or voicemail, with calendar reminders as needed.

[Hiring Manager Name], I believe my 5 years of experience in document preparation and retrieval and Oracle systems can translate to similar success at your office. Can we set aside some time in the next week or so to chat about next steps?

Best regards,

[Your Name], [Job Title]

[Phone Number]


Sample 2: “Cover letter for a federal government job”

“Curtis Hoskin

US Postal Service

2471 Henry Ford Avenue

Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Subject: Application for position of Federal Government employee

Dear Mr. Hoskin,

I know that you are seeking a qualified Federal Government employee for your position at US Postal Service. I have experience in Federal work, and would love to offer my credentials in this resume and cover letter today.

As you can see by my resume, I have worked as a Federal Government employee for a combined value of 10 years. I have a degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Government Studies, and then began, upon graduation, my work for the government as a Postal Worker-delivering mail on a daily basis. I worked I that role for over five years, at which time, I decided to work as a Mail Sorter at the same location. I was employed in this position for the past five years. In both positions, I have found much enjoyment in what I do. I understand the level of commitment and dedication that is required of someone working in a Federal Government position, and I have carried this through on all accounts. I never call in sick, am highly confidential, as well as well trained.

Thank you in advance for your review of this cover letter and resume. I can be contacted at the above contact information.

Yours Sincerely,

(Signature hand written in blue pen ink)

Tommie Mcminn

Encl: Resume”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a federal government job”

“Gino Wilcox

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20202

Dear Gino Wilcox,

As a seasoned educational professional, I am writing to express my intention of applying for the education program specialist position at the U.S. Department of Education. Over the span of my 20 years as an educator, I have seen great changes in our education system. I believe my experience designing curriculums will be highly relevant to this role. I am excited about this opportunity to help create the best educational system possible for future generations.

During my time as principal at West High School, I learned a lot about the needs of students from various backgrounds. It was evident that not every student learned the same way, and it was my goal to help teachers identify the best teaching methods for their classrooms. Based on 1,000 surveys collected from students, we learned that many of the students preferred more hands-on learning. I worked with my staff to adjust lesson plans to fit these needs.

After implementing these changes, the students’ test scores increased by an average of 15 points. Never before in my career had I seen such significant change. I believe that with my ability to collaborate, communicate and listen to the needs of students, I would make a great education program specialist. I think it is important for lessons to be more tailored to each student, and I would work hard in this role to help teachers across the nation implement more effective teaching methods.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my professional background. I am excited to have this opportunity to make an impact on students of all demographics.

I appreciate your consideration and look forward to your response.


Allison Mayer”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a federal government job”

“Dear Ms. Lezlie Carr,

I am seeking a Federal entry-level position where I can gain experience working in this industry while continuing my education.

At this time, I have an associate degree in business from Delgado Community College and over two years of administrative experience to contribute. I have strong computer skills with experience using various programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook along with the ability to keep excellent records and to update the files in the database as needed.

My experience also includes creating schedules, responding to mail and setting up meetings and appointments for clients and executives. I have strong verbal and writing skills along with the ability to understand and convey information in a clear and concise manner. I am a team player but have the self-motivation to take the lead and to inspire others.

I have excellent analytical and problem solving skills along with the ability to manage projects efficiently and to provide friendly and efficient customer service in person or by phone. I am detailed-oriented with strong organization skills and the ability to manage several duties throughout the day efficiently.

Please take a few minutes to review the attached resume to see a detailed look at my experience and skills relevant to this industry. I am dependable, trustworthy and adhere to high ethical standards. If you have an opening for someone with my qualifications, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss the details.

You can reach me at (555)-555-5555 to arrange an interview.



Lorraine Edwards

Encl: Resume”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a federal government job”

“Rene Trenton

Department Head


Moffett Blvd, 

Mountain View, CA 94035

Dear Rene,

It is with enthusiasm that I submit my application for the position of Administrative Manager at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the NASA Ames Research Center. During my 12+ years as a personnel clerk, and then administrative chief in the US Navy, I am equipped with the right staff management and large-scale organization skills to improve the efficiency of operations at Ames.

In the Navy, in the last 5 years I was responsible for orchestrating aircraft carrier deployments with my team of 14 clerks and administrators. Getting every piece of paperwork right, the right supply channels, and taking care of every order, repair and soldier before a 100,000 tonne ship sails out for 6-24 months is a gargantuan responsibility. Overall, I took part in administrating over 150 deployments, and was personally responsible for 50+ of them. As a chief, I was responsible for liaising with the most senior Navy and other military officials, congressional staff and politicians, as well as representatives of the government. We maintained good relationships with all these branches, and on more than one occasion could count on their support or leniency in a tight spot. During this time, my team had 0 major incidents, and responded to two crisis situations in a timely and effective manner. I believe I can bring the military discipline and careful attention to detail across to NASA to increase the safety, comfort and efficiency of the astronauts and researchers alike.

I believe the skills I gained in the Navy are directly translatable to the reality of NASA, and my calmness, military discipline, and error-free meticulousness will secure the level of stability that the most innovative and groundbreaking of the government agencies requires.

When could we meet to discuss the time the crew of a non-nuclear aircraft carrier on the way to training maneuvers in the Pacific arrived in Japan only to discover the fuel supplier missed a zero on the order and only had 10% of the fuel? You’ll never believe who helped us out.

Best Regards,

Matthew Paderewski


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  • Show your passion for the role in your cover letter. 
  • Highlight your specific skills throughout your cover letter. 
  • Accurately format your cover letter.

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