Job Overview


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 Operations Research Analyst position within the Audit Operations group on the Quality Assurance, Policy, and Experts team located in Arlington, VA.  The Audit Operations Directorate is responsible for a wide variety of audit functions including:  planning, budgeting, accountability, policies, quality assurance and reports processing.  The candidate must provide expert-level operations research analysis advice related to the development and application of quantitative methods in support of audits and investigations. 


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, May 17, 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 level, equivalent to a GS-11 to GS-13. The salary range for this position is $62,467 - $115,742. The salary figures include locality pay.  Career ladder to GS-13 equivalent at management's discretion.


NOTE: This vacancy is also being announced for internal merit promotion.  Only one selection will be made from either the internal or this external announcement.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

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


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.


The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Performs scientific work that involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques
  • Develops and applies quantitative methods in support of audits and investigations
  • Coordinates and synthesizes quantitative data to analyze the composite cost benefit of operations or systems
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts research on complex operations research analysis issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation to identify appropriate solutions
  • Analyzes operational research problems and provides advice and insight about the probable effects of alternative solutions to these problems