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 Special Assistant United States Attorney position located in Los Angeles, CA.  Applicants should have experience in litigation of Postal Service matters. The position is within the OIG Office of General Counsel.  This is a three-year appointment, with two options to renew for one year each, for a potential of five years total.  Previous criminal experience is desired, but not required.  Additionally, applicant must possess strong academic credentials from an ABA accredited law school, demonstrate excellent writing and advocacy skills, work effectively in a team environment, have a proven record of creative thinking, be an active member of good standing of the State Bar of California, or be able to obtain Bar membership within one year.

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, the OIG Office of Investigations, and the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO).  He or she will primarily prosecute Postal employees and contractors who 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 and papers, motion responses, search warrants, complaints, and charging instruments.

Candidates will be evaluated on the demonstrated skills which 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, September 20, 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/Attorney level, equivalent to a GS-14. The salary range for this position is $107,701- $140,008. The salary figures include locality pay. 

Relocation expenses may be paid.   


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
  • Demonstrate excellent writing and advocacy skills, work effectively in a team environment, have a proven record of creative thinking