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.

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The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill one of three Data Scientist positions in the Countermeasures and Performance Evaluation (CAPE) team located in Arlington, VA. CAPE’s Analytics Lab consists of a creative “test and learn” environment where domain questions, business problems, and analytic techniques and tools can be explored to deliver and deploy data-driven, analytic solutions to end-users within the USPS OIG and Postal Service. Although we have successfully deployed several risk assessment models that support our investigative and audit efforts, CAPE is in motion to expand our analytics capabilities by offering Data Scientists an opportunity to apply their knowledge to support the mission of a public sector agency. The candidate will provide technical expertise and the capability to develop data analysis, data visualizations, analytical models, and outputs.

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 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 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-9 through a GS-13. The salary range for this position is $52,146 - $116,901. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential to a GS-13 is at management's discretion.

Relocation expenses will not 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.

• Performs data analyses including classical statistics, spatial statistics, optimization, Bayesian statistics, and simulation modeling.
• Programming in various languages to build programs, visualizations, reports, or models that support the analytic methods.
• Identifies and analyzes data and information from multiple sources, internal and external, to help support fraud, waste and abuse programs.
• Collects and analyzes data using a variety of methods. Including parsing/cleaning data and then connecting unstructured and structured data sets to build data tables.
• Assists with identifying tools that support data analysis efforts.
• Presents the analytic findings to the organization through understandable reports and visualizations.
• Learns new data modeling techniques and software. Brings cutting edge technology to the group.
• Educates and empowers the organization to apply new analytic techniques and software. Increases the overall value of analytics to meet the organization’s mission.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No