Strategic Statement: This question is specific enough to probably reflect no more than just a desire to get more background about your work habits and attitude. Don’t get political!
Sample Response: Federal agencies are immense. Chances are that you will not have a connection with an individual, but with a process... and it is the process that needs to be respected and adhered to. Federal agencies are slow. They are slow to move, slow to respond, slow to change... and that also needs to be acknowledged and respected. The agency holds the ball, the agency defines the process and the agency issues the rules. Deadlines are meant as ‘law’ for the receiver-of-services, and as guidelines for the agency. The final challenge of working with a federal agency is that everything could change tomorrow.