Technical Writer (Software Specialist)

Washington, D.C
May 27, 2022
Jun 02, 2022
Full Time

  • Creating end-user, topic-based, software documentation in XML format based on the DITA schema.
  • Developing typographic formatting templates for rendering DITA topics in PDF format
  • Researching and learning how to use complex software systems under development
  • Writing CSS stylesheets to render DITA topics for online distribution


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee must successfully pass pre-employment prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Suitability Clearance.
  • Individuals joining GPO are required to provide their current COVID-19 vaccine status to GPO Medical Services prior to their entry on duty date.
  • GPO employees that that work at a GPO or customer facility and are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to participate in the Agency's weekly COVID-19 screening/testing program.


To qualify for the Technical Writer (Software Specialist), PG -1083-13, you must meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the Technical Writer (Software Specialist) PG-13, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the PG-12 grade level in the Federal Service that includes: 1)Writing topic-based, end-user software documentation in XML format based on the DITA schema AND 2) Writing topic-based software design documentation in XML format based on the DITA schema AND 3) Developing software in the C# programming language

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(06/02/2022) to be considered.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Additional information

Employment of Relatives
Section 3110 of Title 5, U.S. Code, prohibits a Federal official from appointing, promoting, or advocating the appointment or promotion of a relative in the agency where the official is serving or exercises jurisdiction. In addition, Section 2302(b)(7) of Title 5, U.S. Code, makes it a "prohibited personnel practice" for a person in authority to "appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative." For further information visit: and

Separated Employees:
If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; or visit the National Archives Website.

Work Life Balance:
The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.).

Background Investigation:
To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy; this position requires a Suitability. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background for a Suitability- Non-Sensitive Low Risk Clearance. This review could include fingerprints and credit checks, as well as a full field FBI background investigation and tax and bar checks for attorney applicants. The background investigation covers a period of seven to ten years depending on the nature of the position; this process may take 6 weeks or longer. The Agency may rescind the tentative offer, if the candidate is unable to pass the background investigation.

The selectee will work shift 1.

The Agency may rescind the tentative offer, if the candidate is unable to obtain an interim clearance.