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Welcome to the Inspector Recruitment Application System (IRAS). This system is designed to serve as your source of information regarding your progress through automated portions of the Postal Inspector application process. From this site, you will be able to:

  1. Create an account, using the “Applicant Registration” tab above, which will allow you to initiate the application process. (This feature is only accessible during open seasons.)
  2. Monitor your application status and update your profile, using the “Login” tab above.

Click here to access IRAS Troubleshooting Tips.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All start times and end times in the IRAS system are based on Central Standard Time.

Open Season Is Closed

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is an equal opportunity employer.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is accepting applications from Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 10:00am CDT until Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 10:00am CDT for the position of Postal Inspector.

Individuals who meet the minimum requirements for the Postal Inspector position may apply. OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigator applicants (career or career-conditional) will undergo an abbreviated applicant screening process.

Minimum Requirements:
• Must be a U.S. Citizen.
• At least 21 years of age at the time of application and less than 37 years of age at the time of original law enforcement appointment (age exception may be granted for preference eligible veterans).
• Possess a current valid state driver’s license with at least two years of unsupervised driving experience and a safe driving record.
• Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must meet Selective Service registration requirements.
• Possess a conferred, four-year degree from an accredited academic institution (college / university).
• Have no felony or domestic violence convictions.
• Be in good physical condition and meet minimum physical fitness standards.
• Write and speak English clearly.
• Must be willing to relocate.

Hearing Requirements:
Hearing acuity in the better ear is NOT to exceed an average loss of 30db at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz. The loss can NOT exceed 40db in each ear, separately, at either 500 Hz or 1000 Hz or 2000 Hz. Hearing aids MAY be acceptable for meeting the USPIS hearing standard.

Vision Requirements:
Having vision in ONLY one eye is disqualifying. The ability to see using both eyes at the same time is required. Visual acuity using both eyes together, at the same time, must test 20/40 (using Snellen eye chart) WITHOUT corrective lenses. Uncorrected vision must test at least 20/100 in each eye, separately. Vision in EACH eye, separately, must be corrected to 20/20. Eye surgery MAY be acceptable for meeting the USPIS vision standard.

Special Knowledge Tracks:
There are four special knowledge tracks that make applicants more competitive for the position of Postal Inspector: language skills, postal experience, specialized non-postal skills, and academic achievement. Candidates without special knowledge will only be minimally qualified. Click here to access Special Knowledge Qualifications

Division/Domicile Locations:
Applicants must be willing to relocate to all locations. While location preference(s) will be given consideration, placement will be determined based on the needs of the Postal Inspection Service at the time an offer is made. Reimbursement of relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with agency policy. Click here to access available Division/Domicile Locations.

PLEASE READ: Before the application launches, applicants are asked, “Are you currently an Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigator (career or career-conditional)?”. The following instructions are provided to assist with a response.

OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigators should refer to their most recent Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, Block 24, to confirm appointment status, click here to access Tenure Guidelines:

If Tenure Block 24 indicates “1” or “2”: 1811 applicant MUST respond “YES” to confirm current status as an OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigator in a career or career-conditional appointment.

If Tenure Block 24 indicates “0” or “3”: 1811 applicant MUST respond “NO” to confirm current status IS NOT an OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigator in a career or career-conditional appointment.

Applicants who ARE NOT OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigators MUST respond “NO” to confirm current status IS NOT an OPM-designated 1811 Series, Criminal Investigator in a career or career-conditional appointment.

IMPORTANT: All requirements and conditions, as described, MUST be met for your application to be considered. If you apply and do not meet ALL criteria, you will not be considered for a position.

Applications will be accepted via the Inspector Recruitment Application System (IRAS) by clicking on the Applicant Registration link above.

Please contact PIRecruitment@uspis.gov if you have questions.
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