Yeah that isn't very good money - especially for D.C.Keep in mind, though, that benefits for federal employees are excellent. Plus, you might not have all of the pressures of a firm job (with billable hours and such) - this is NOT to say that such a job would be easy, it's just not going to be the same as a firm job.I think the federal government also helps you out a lot with your school loans, so I wouldn't immediately trash this potential job just because the bottom dollar isn't as enticing as firm employment would be. Maybe gather some more information from your connection and go from there.
I believe the feds suspended their pensions for new employees quite a while ago. They have a thrift savings program that will match contributions, but the day's of 75% salary in retirement are over.As for other fed benefits, I've known people who worked for the feds and they say the benefits are not that great. There is quite a high monthly premium for medical and dental.