Data Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time



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This announcement provides the opportunity for a reassignment/promotion to the position of Data Analyst position in the Research and Insights Solution Center located in Arlington, Virginia.

Do you enjoy gathering, organizing, and analyzing data to help solve problems and drive insights? Our Analytics group offers the opportunity to drive value to the organization by designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other analytical solutions for our audit, investigation, research, and support functions. The OIG relies heavily on our data analytics to make informed decisions as well as helping teams effectively and efficiently conduct their work.

The Research and Insights Solution Center is the chief data and research component of the OIG, comprised of data scientists, data analysts, programmatic subject matter experts, geographic information system professionals, research specialists, economists, and public policy analysts. The analytics program areas consist of:
  • Mail Operations focuses on all aspects of the OIG's work related to the mail network, to include internal mail theft, illegal distribution of narcotics though the mail stream, and mail processing and delivery effectiveness.
  • Financial Operations focuses on all aspects of the OIG's work related to contract financial and contract fraud, waste, and abuse schemes.
  • Health Care Operations focuses on all aspects of the OIG's work related to both claimant and provider fraud, waste, and abuse schemes.
If you are a critical thinker, innovative, and creative - then you are our ideal candidate.

The Data Analyst will analyze both internal and external data, and apply their comprehensive and expert knowledge to advise RISC on needs, operational impacts, strategic objectives, and other related issues.

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.
  • Leverages USPS and 3rd party data sets to identify trends, risks, significance, and appropriate solutions for complex issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation.
  • Develops and applies statistical, mathematical, or numerical analysis of data collected in support of audits and investigations.
  • Designs, develops, synthesizes, and displays quantitative data using interactive reports, dashboards, and visualizations. i.e., (Excel, SAS, PowerBI, R, Python, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains a wide range of data products such as business intelligence reports, data visualizations, infographics, etc., by applying skills in understanding technical concepts, including data analytics and business intelligence software.
  • Researches, designs, develops, adapts, and enhances analytical and reporting solutions using a range of analytics techniques, methods, and tools; makes recommendations regarding how data is collected, used and managed.
  • Completes support requests. Interacts with and maintains effective working relationships with individuals, business stakeholders and subject matter experts to understand problems and needs.
  • Creates appropriate documentation that allows stakeholders to understand the steps of the data analysis process and duplicate or replicate the analysis if necessary.
  • Develops and reviews written materials (such as reports, special analyses, proposals) and presentations to convey information, make recommendations and improvements concerning complex programs and functions to internal and external audiences, demonstrating varying levels of understanding of the organization's programs and activities.

Career Development Opportunities

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-9 to GS-13. The salary range for this position is $60,129.00 - $134,798.00. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential to a GS-13 at management's discretion.

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 medical assessment questionnaire.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Moderate Background Investigation
  • 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.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.
  • Knowledge of data analytics theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques sufficient to conduct complex analyses.
  • Skill using a variety of tools and languages to complete research and data analysis i.e., (SAS, Esri, SQL, Python, R, etc).
  • Demonstrated experience with database platforms to include Oracle and Teradata.
  • Skill using data visualization tools such as PowerBI.
  • Ability to convert business requirements into meaningful and explanatory visualizations.
  • Ability to express and present ideas regarding complex topics to the team through both written and oral communications.

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 11253440, by closing date 10/18/2021.

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

2. SF-50. You can access your Form 50 by logging into and accessing your eOPF.

    Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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