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Arlington, Virginia
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill an Attorney position in the Office of General Counsel, located in Arlington, Virginia. The successful candidate will provide quality, timely, and responsive legal advice and services related to employment and labor, contracting and procurement, federal appropriations, and Inspector General-related legislation, audits, and other work related to OIG's oversight of U.S. Postal Service programs.

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The successful candidate will advise on significant and complex issues complicated by sometimes conflicting responsibilities and priorities for OIG programs.

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band/Attorney level, equivalent to a GS-13 - GS-14. The salary range for this position is $99,172.00 - $152,352.00. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential to a GS-14 is at management's discretion.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance to key agency officials, and, upon request, identifies and addresses all aspects laws applicable to the OIG.
  • Develops guidance and advice on the interpretation and application of legal/legislative decisions involving the OIG so that the implementation is consistent with court or administrative agency decisions and best practices. Communicates independently-developed advice and positions to management and staff.
  • Represents the interests of the OIG in cases before judicial or administrative bodies: i.e., the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal courts. Conducts research in connection with cases to analyze factual and legal issues, and determine what facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable for successful outcomes.
  • Advises on audits relating to all aspects of Postal Service commerce, contracting, regulatory, and operational activities.
  • Keeps abreast of legal developments and best practices within the OIG and legal community to effectively represent the OIG's interest.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Background Investigation security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period



You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Graduation from an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctor Degree;
  • Membership in good standing with a State Bar or the Bar of the District of Columbia or; and
  • At least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience, completed by the time of hire, which may include a judicial clerkship.

  • Knowledge of the U.S. Postal Service's legal and labor relations policies and practices.
  • Experience in training and development of legal and labor relations best practices for stakeholders.
  • Prior law firm, in-house counsel, or government counsel experience.

You must have the experience and/or skills as listed in at least two (2) of the seven (7) areas of practice in evaluation factor A (below), plus demonstrated experience as described in evaluation factors B and C. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all the evaluation factor requirements as listed below, in addition to the minimum qualifications will result in a score of zero (0), an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration.

Your resume, cover letter and/or writing sample must address all three Evaluations Factors (A, B and C).

A. Experience in two (2) or more of the following areas of practice:

1. public sector employment litigation;
2. contracting or procurement;
3. federal appropriations;
4. Inspector General authorities;
5. civil litigation;
6. audits; and/or
7. knowledge of USPS policies and practices

Applicants will be evaluated based on their experience in these areas, as well as the number of areas in which they have experience.

B. Skill in writing legal opinions, policy analysis, client guidance and/or recommending appropriate action. (A writing sample is required. Please submit one writing sample between 5-10 pages that demonstrates analytical capabilities in one of the areas of practice in evaluation factor A above.)

C. Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills and to maintain strong working relationships.

IMPORTANT: Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

You will no longer be considered for this position if you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor.

Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

Additional information

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.
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Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see and

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review official or the selecting official for further consideration. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review official or the selecting official based on your interview performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT MINIMALLY QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 2020-02-10620191-PC, by closing date 10/17/2019.

1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document).

2. WRITING SAMPLE. Required: One writing sample between 5-10 pages that demonstrates analytical capabilities in one of the areas of practice in evaluation factor A above.). Upload and save as "WRITING SAMPLE" document.

3. COVER LETTER. Required: Cover letter must address the minimum qualifications and evaluation factors. (Upload and save as "Cover Letter" document.)

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