General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Full Time

The incumbent's primary role is to review negotiated service agreements filed by the Postal Service, work with the technical staff to assess whether the agreements comply with statutory requirements, and draft related orders. Negotiated service agreements are contracts between the Postal Service and private parties for the provision of domestic and international shipping services, often containing information filed under seal and protected from disclosure. In accordance with the requirements of the PAEA, the Commission reviews the agreements for compliance with applicable statutory requirements and determines whether they can go into effect. The incumbent will receive training from more senior staff who will also review work for accuracy, completeness, and the accomplishment of preset objectives and priorities. After an initial period, the incumbent will be expected to handle routine assignments independently and, when necessary, seek guidance and advice from more senior staff. As the incumbent's experience and proficiency grows, the expectation is that the incumbent will receive additional assignments branching into other areas from the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels, which may include drafting legal memoranda and conducting legal research, drafting legal analysis for Commission orders and reports, reviewing agency policies and procedures, and other legal matters.


Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Employees are required to participate in direct deposit.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national to be eligible for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • This position may require you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry and annually thereafter.
  • The Commission uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.


All of the following qualifications must be demonstrated in your resume and cover letter:
  • A professional law degree (LLB or JD) from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
  • Membership in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If recent law school graduate, applicant must obtain membership in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico within one year of the date of employment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail in a professional or academic setting.
  • In addition, you must demonstrate at least two of the following qualifications in your resume and cover letter:
  • Demonstrated law school academic achievement (e.g., top 25% rank upon graduation, cumulative law school grade point average of at least 3.5 or equivalent under an alternate grading system).
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in economics, econometrics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or other technical or quantitative field.
  • Experience using quantitative methods or performing quantitative analysis.
  • Judicial or other legal internship while in law school or completion of at least one year of a judicial clerkship.
  • Leadership role in a significant law school activity (e.g., membership on the editorial board of an academic law journal or moot court organizer/board member).
  • Publication of an article or note in an academic law journal accredited by the journal's law school.
  • Demonstrated interest, through coursework and/or internships, in regulatory, contract, or administrative law within the context of a regulated industry (financial, energy, etc.).
  • Significant clinical experience or summer internship related to this position's requirements.
  • Prior relevant professional experience related to this position's requirements.

  • Experience with the general principles of administrative law, such as drafting proposed regulations, providing comments in administrative proceedings, drafting administrative decisions or representing parties before administrative law judges or administrative bodies.
  • Knowledge of applicable economic and legal regulatory concepts, such as competition/antitrust law, accounting principles, laws affecting the United States Postal Service, and/or operations and services of the United States Postal Service.
  • Judicial or administrative law clerkship experience that included an extensive research and writing component.

  • Education

    A professional law degree (LLB or JD) from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

    Additional information

    Work Environment
    The Commission annually ranks as one of the best places to work in the federal government as a small agency with less than 100 employees, scoring high in employee engagement and environment in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The Commission also is on the forefront of offering flexible working arrangements, and after an initial training and probationary period, it allows employees the opportunity to participate in telework of up to 7 days per pay period, and potentially fully remote work, combined with alternative work schedules. In the current pandemic situation, all employees are teleworking and supported by a variety of Commission technologies.
    Ethics Requirements
    The Commission is committed to government ethics. As a Commission employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Commission employees are also subject to Commission-specific ethics rules (39 C.F.R. subpart A of part 3001 and supplemental standards of ethical conduct [5 C.F.R. part 5601]). The supplemental standards prohibit Commission employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, from owning any securities issued by entities that are identified on an annually published prohibited securities list. As an employee of the Commission, you must complete initial ethics training within three months of your appointment and, depending on your position, complete required financial disclosure forms within 30 days of your appointment.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Commission will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. All employees are still required to disclose their vaccination status to the Commission.

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. The Commission may offer Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.