Arlington, Virginia
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
Full Time


The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified Attorney for the Office of General Counsel located in Arlington, Virginia.
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Among the largest Offices of Inspector General in the federal government, we are charged with detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse in the U.S. Postal Service's nationwide operations. The Office of General Counsel provides legal and policy advice to the OIG's nearly 1,000 employees as they work to implement that mission, providing mission critical advice on issues of first impression.

Often acting independently, the successful candidate will provide quality, timely, and responsive legal advice and services related to a diverse range of statutes that apply to the OIG, employment and labor issues, contracting and procurement, federal appropriations law, audits, and other legal issues related to OIG's oversight of U.S. Postal Service programs.

The successful candidate will advise on significant and complex issues involving the sometimes conflicting responsibilities and priorities of the USPS OIG.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on10/15/2021 will be considered.

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/Attorney level, equivalent to a GS-13 - GS-14. The salary range for this position is $103,690.00 - $159,286.00. The salary figures include locality pay.

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.
  • Represents the interests of the OIG in cases before judicial or administrative bodies: e.g., the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal courts.
  • Advises key management officials and staff, identifying and addressing all aspects of laws applicable to the OIG.
  • Formulates legal opinions that recommend or establish new legal or policy positions for the OIG concerning complex and unprecedented questions.
  • Develops guidance and advice to ensure the proper implementation of judicial or administrative decisions and legislative pronouncements involving the OIG.
  • Conducts research in connection with cases to analyze factual and legal issues, and to determine what facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable for successful outcomes.
  • Interprets statutes, regulations, policy, and guidance and advises on their applicability to the U.S. Postal Service and the OIG.
  • Advises on audits relating to all aspects of Postal Service commercial, 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 medical assessment questionnaire.
  • 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 (J.D.) Degree;
  • Membership in good standing with a State Bar or the Bar of the District of Columbia; and
  • At least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience, completed by the time of hire, which may include a judicial clerkship.

  • Prior law firm or federal sector employment litigation experience.
  • Experience interpreting a range of complex statutory and regulatory language and providing advice concerning its implementation.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of OIG authorities or 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.


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, C, and D. 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 four Evaluation Factors (A, B, C, and D).

A. Experience in two (2) or more of the following areas of practice:
  • public sector employment litigation and advice
  • other civil litigation
  • Inspector General authorities
  • contracting or procurement in the context of federal government entities
  • federal appropriations
  • labor law
  • federal administrative law with demonstrated experience in statutory and regulatory construction
  • Applicants will be evaluated based on their experience in these areas, as well as the number of areas in which they have experience.

    B. Demonstrated experience with pre-trial and trial advocacy, including discovery, motions, briefs, and witness preparation.
    C. Demonstrated experience writing legal and policy analysis, providing sound guidance to clients, and recommending appropriate action, particularly when the law is not directly on point. (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.)
    D. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills, including experience providing legal counsel to management officials, executives, and/or agency leadership.

    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.

    For more information about these programs visit

    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.

    For further information, please refer to our website at:

    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 2021-147-11246545-PC, by closing date 10/15/2021.

    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. Upload and save as "COVER LETTER" document.

    4. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL dated within the last 15 months. This is required from all applicants including Federal, USPS, OIG, and private sector employees. If a PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL is not available, you must submit a separate statement with the reason a performance appraisal is not available. (Required: Upload and save as "Performance Appraisal" document.) NOTE: An SF-50 IS NOT acceptable as a performance appraisal.

    5. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:
      Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document. Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans' preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document") Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .
    • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" 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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