fingerprint check, state and county checks). A criminal background check involves a 5-year inquiry for any location where
the individual has resided, worked or gone to school within the United States or its territories. As a result of this limitation,
the criminal background checks of individuals who have not resided in the United States or its territories for the preceding
5-years may not be considered complete. The Inspection Service may be able to process inquiries for U.S. Citizens only,
but only if their time spent out of the country was spent as: a trailing spouse or dependent of someone working for the U.S.
government (military or civilian), a missionary, a student attending school in a foreign country, a Peace Corps participant, or
as an employee of a U.S.-based employer/company. If the Inspection Service is unable to perform a complete background
check because of residency outside the United States, such individuals will be ineligible for Postal employment.
The U.S. Postal Service Headquarters Law Department is seeking an experienced, hard-working attorney to fill a vacancy in
the Ethics & Compliance group. The Ethics & Compliance group’s primary practice areas include the Standards of Ethical
Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. § 2635), the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for
Employees of the United States Postal Service (5 C.F.R. § 7001), the criminal conflicts of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. §§
201-209), the Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326, 5 C.F.R. § 733-734), Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a), and the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552). The Ethics & Compliance group also handles other practice areas with less
frequency, such as European Union privacy laws, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Federal Register program, the Anti-Lobbying
Act (18 U.S.C. § 1913), the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. § 552b), the anti-pandering advertisement statute (39
U.S.C. § 3008), Board of Governors governance, and legal compliance in general.
The successful applicant will work in a fast-paced environment with a heavy workload to advise internal clients throughout the
Postal Service on new business initiatives involving the collection and disclosure of personal information implicating the
Privacy Act as well as complex legal issues pertaining requests for records under the Privacy Act and the FOIA. The
successful applicant will provide ethics advice and draft communications for the second largest workforce in North America.
The successful applicant will draft legally sound Privacy Act and FOIA administrative appeal decisions, legal memoranda
analyzing complex ethics, Privacy Act, and FOIA issues, and written advice to clients with citations to statutes, regulations,
and case law. He or she will also create visually appealing, engaging training presentations and deliver training sessions to
attorneys, clients, and the postal workforce at large. He or she will be tasked with contributing to team projects designed to
proactively encourage compliance with statutes and regulations. In addition, the successful applicant may be tasked with
ensuring compliance with SOX through filing quarterly and yearly financial reports, answering Federal Register questions and
filing Federal Register notices, and completing other compliance-related projects.
We are looking for an experienced attorney with outstanding legal writing skills, substantial experience analyzing complex
legal issues, excellent client relations skills, great presentation skills, and the ability to quickly learn new areas of the law.
Occasional travel will be required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Conducts legal research and prepares written material for use in representing the Postal Service and advising postal
2. Participates in conferences necessary to representing or advising Postal Service officials.
3. Directly advises postal management officials or represents the Postal Service in legal matters involving outside parties.
4. Prepares replies to inquiries from Congress, government agencies, and the public.
5. Prepares opinions, memoranda, decisions, regulations, testimonies, or formal filings in proceedings in which the Postal
Service is a party.
Manager of unit to which assigned.