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Job Title:  Special Assistant United States Attorney
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General, USPS
Job Announcement Number:  2013-18-820940-PC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,995.00 to $137,740.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 3 Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.


The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Special Assistant United States Attorney position in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). Applicants should have experience in litigation of Postal Service matters.  Previous criminal experience is desired, but not required. 


NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 3 years). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. For this position, the successful candidate will receive life insurance, health insurance, retirement benefits and will earn leave; He or she will be subject to the provisions of the Federal Employee's Compensation Act (FECA). Term appointments may be extended without further competition, but is not guaranteed.

The successful candidate will report to the OIG Office of General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO).  He or she will primarily prosecute Postal employees that have engaged in theft of mail, embezzlement of funds and public corruption.  This individual will prosecute other cases as needed, for training or otherwise, as directed by the USAO.  Further, this individual will engage in grand jury investigations and appear on behalf of the United States in Federal Court for various hearings and trails, including: arraignments, preliminary hearings, plea hearings, sentencing hearings and other matters that require court appearances.  This position also involves writing various motions, motion responses, search warrants, complaints, and charging instruments.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or 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 a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 01, 2013 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-9 to GS-14. The salary range for this position is $51,995 - $137,740. The salary figures include locality pay.  Career ladder to a GS-14 equivalent at management's discretion.


Relocation expenses may be paid for current Postal Service employees.  


May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to take a writing assessment


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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 Office of Inspector General and the federal government as an attorney on assigned cases before judges and hearing officers.  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
  • Works closely with other OIG attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice, and other organizations to keep abreast of legal developments and best practices, and to effectively represent the OIG's interests and be able to provide training as needed.
  • Demonstrate excellent writing and advocacy skills, work effectively in a team environment, have a proven record of creative thinking


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NOTE: Law School Education must be from an ABA accredited institution. 

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:  




You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

  • Experience in litigation of Postal Service matters.
  • Graduated from an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctor Degree
  • Membership in good standing of the State Bar



  • Previous criminal experience
  • Top academic credentials




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

  • Experience in postal litigation;
  • Skill in writing legal opinions and policy analyses and recommending appropriate action;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to represent the OIG in legal proceedings and maintain excellent client relationships


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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 call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.


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When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or to login to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to create or upload required and applicable documents, and submit the Occupational Questionnaire.
NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page using the following 820940 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 


If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.  




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: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to attach all required documentation; or if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position. Only the top-rated, minimally-qualified candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration.  If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.  If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment.  Your rating may be further adjusted by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance.  Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision.





You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, February 01, 2013;


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

2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. To View the Occupational Questionnaire, click here: View Occupational Questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.  (Required: You must click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete questionnaire you may use the following link:


  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit 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 document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • 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.)
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. If you are among the top-rated candidates forwarded to the selecting official, you will be required to submit a copy of your transcripts.  We recommend that you attach them now.  The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued. NOTE: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.
  • A Writing Sample.  (Required; Attach as an "Other" document.) 
  • A Cover Letter (Required; Attach as "Cover Letter" document.)


Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202)855-1234
Agency Information:
US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General
Human Resources
1735 N Lynn Street
Arlington, VA


Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official.

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