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Job Title:  Student Cooperative (SAFO)
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General, USPS
Job Announcement Number:  2014-72-1165501-DR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.00 to $17.00 / Per Hour
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Part Time 10 hours - Excepted Service Temporary
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tallahassee, FL View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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

For further information visit our website at:


The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill our Student Cooperative position in the Office of Investigations, Southern Area Field Office (SAFO) located in Tallahassee, FL. The successful candidate will assist in gathering date and conducting limited inquiries regarding individual case assignments; assist in case development including, surveillance, forensic analysis, researching, assembling, compiling, tabulating information, and preparing memoranda of activity, for agent's use in developing search and arrest warrants, and further assisting agent's in evaluating evidence for administrative, civil, and criminal hearings or trails. The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school.


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, July 29, 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 Administrative Band level. The salary range for this position is $13-$17/hour. Locality Pay is authorized. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • May require some travel


  • No


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must have the ability to work at least 10 hours per week
  • May require some travel


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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon area of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

The employee performs specialized administrative duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or problems that arise in the area of assignment/curriculum. Each assignment typically consists of a series of related actions or decisions prior to final completion.


  • Addresses a wide variety of problems or situations common to the segment of the program or function to which the employee is assigned. Decisions or recommendations are based on the development and evaluation of information that comes from various sources.
  • Identifies and studies factors or conditions and determines their interrelationships as appropriate to the defined area of work.
  • Takes or recommends actions that are consistent with the objectives and requirements of the program or functions.
  • Recognizes the dimensions of the problems involved, collects the necessary information, establishes the facts, and takes or recommends action based upon application or interpretation of established guidelines.
  • Performs various administrative and miscellaneous clerical work in support of area of assignment/curriculum.


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You must meet ALL of the minimum requirements.


  • Students must be currently enrolled full or part-time in an accredited college or university program, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Sophomore, Junior, Senior or  Graduate student, graduating in 2015 or later; must be in "good standing" with college or university. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS AND IN GOOD STANDING)
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice related undergraduate or graduate degree program.



  •  Must be able to report to work in the USPS OIG office for which you are selected during core business hours.


You must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration




Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume.


  • Ability to research, analyze investigative and/or administrative leads
  • Demonstrated experience to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task




  • Do you have training and experience with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Products, and other computer software



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Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits. 


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 or send email to us at 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 a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to create or select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents or to upload required or applicable documents.

  • Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID 1165501 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print the 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.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX), as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


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


In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, which includes the following documents:


1. RESUME. Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT: you will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.

2. COMPLETE SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process.)

3. TRANSCRIPTS. Official copy of current transcripts from an accredited college or university showing GPA, current level of education, and the number of completed semester hours and current status. Transcripts must validate current enrollment status. (REQUIRED: Attach document as "Transcript")

NOTE: Your college or university 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 the equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

• 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")
• 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.)



Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202)855-1234
Agency Information:
Office of Investigations
1735 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA



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; 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 and/or writing assessment. Only the top-rated 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 or rated as ineligible 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. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible.


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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