Washington, D.C
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

  • Proofreads both straight and tabular matter to detect and mark all typographical, spelling, and style errors using standard proofreader marks and the Government Printing Office (GPO) Style Manual.
  • Keyboards coded manuscript copy with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Manipulates files and extensions in the database to make corrections, author's alterations, and updates.
  • Edits and prepares keyboarded material for typesetting.
  • Revises galley corrections and page proofs, manually and/or electronically prepares copy for typesetting in accordance with GPO style and procedures.
  • Meets GPO standards for quality.
  • Utilizes SGML, XML, and associated programs to proofread and typeset government publications.
  • Skills in interpreting Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), coding and troubleshooting typeset files, identify troubleshoot and fix errors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee must be able to undergo a background investigation for suitability.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Selectees must successfully pass pre-employment prior to appointment.
  • Selectees must pass a physical examination prior to appointment.
  • Physical - Effort: The work is generally sedentary and involves a combination of sitting and standing.
  • Working Conditions: Primarily the duties are performed in an office setting. Ear protection, eye protection and safety shoes are provided as necessary.
  • Working Conditions: The incumbent may be required to visit other sections whose work is performed in a production environment where there is exposure to noise, inkmist, odors/fumes, and paper dust from machinery.
  • 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 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.


***This Open Continuous announcement allows acceptance of applications through August 1 2023 or until 250 applications have been received or the all positions have been filled whichever occurs first. ***

***The intent of this announcement is to establish a standing register of qualified candidates and refer for consideration when vacancies occur. Applications will be reviewed and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the Business Unit. The initial cut off for the referral list is August 15, 2022 ***

Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis.


Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities. Subsequent cut-offs will be midnight on the dates below. Applications received after these cutoff dates may be considered on future requests to fill vacancies. Your application will remain in the inventory of tentatively qualified applicants.

The announcement may be closed earlier or extended without further notice. Final application disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period.

Additional application cut-off dates are as follows:
September 5, 2022
October 5, 2022
November 5, 2022

****August 1, 2023 (final closing date)**** (End of Announcement)

To qualify for the Proofreader/Keyboarder, KI -4403-00, you must meet the following requirements:

SCREEN OUT ELEMENT #1) : Ability to do the work of a Proofreader/Keyboarder with normal supervision: Examples of training or experience needed include: proofreading books, newspapers, or magazine proofs for publication or general distribution and must demonstrate skill in manipulating electronic files in order to make corrections, key manuscripts with a high degree of speed and accuracy, working in a fast-paced environment, typesetting material, and applying and interpreting proofreader marks.

This requires knowledge of printing composition technology, processes, and terminology, skill in using and interpreting standard proofreader marks, and skill in using personal computers and software related to the printing/composing trade. To meet this screen out, applicants must have completed a formal, recognized printing apprenticeship; or possess substantially equivalent practical experience in the composing trade (at least four years) in proofreading books or magazine proofs or comparable copies for publication or general distribution would be considered substantially equivalent practical experience.

Experience such as copy holder is not considered as practical experience. In addition, applicants must have at least one year of journey person-level experience in proofreading books or magazine proofs for publication or general distribution or two years of journey person level experience in reading proofs on a daily newspaper.

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 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

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. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for suitability. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months. The Agency may rescind the tentative offer if the candidate is unable to obtain an interim clearance.

Schedule A (Disability Appointment):
Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a "medical professional's" letterhead and signed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process you must contact the HC Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least seven business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The Selectee will work Shift-1.

***Selectees may be assigned to Shifts 2 or 3 after completing required training period on Shift-1***

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.