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“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John F. Kennedy’s inspirational call to action reminds us the importance of national and public service – the importance of going beyond the individual and working towards the common good. These words reflect AskNot LLC’s spirit and mission.

Whether beginning a career in the federal government or making steps towards a career transition, AskNot’s services are structured to assist at every step in the federal application process and Our methods help candidates achieve employment and develop their professional identity – empowering them to tackle challenges facing our nation.


Our goal is for aspiring public servants to gain employment in public service and succeed in their position. And, in effect, make sure federal agencies do not miss opportunities to hire capable candidates.

Mark Arnone
Founder and President

Mark Arnone ( is the Founder/President of AskNot LLC (AskNot). With the help of mentors and the Partnership for Public Service, Mark’s federal career began as a college student. Now, with over 15 years of leadership experience in the federal government and on Capitol Hill, Mark launched AskNot to coach and help others launch their own rewarding careers in public service.


Mark’s commitment to public service gave him unique opportunities to serve including on the staff of the late United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, and at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Department of Defense.

He is committed to helping empower young people to realize their professional aspirations while advising them on how to search and compete for careers in the federal government. As a coach and public speaker, he has worked with various groups including the Government Affairs Industry Network, The Catholic University of America Busch School of Business, and The George Washington University.  

One of his favorite lines is from Tennyson’s “Ulysses” —“to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”


Mark is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and Johns Hopkins University and completed a Senior Executive Fellowship with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Contact Mark at

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