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Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

  • Proofreads, marks up and revises typographical, spelling, and style errors in both straight and tabular matter.
  • Manually and electronically prepares copies for typesetting in accordance with appropriate style manuals.
  • Revises galley corrections and page proofs; Troubleshoots files to identify and fix errors.
  • Utilizes Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), Extensible Markup Language (XML) and associated programs to proofread and typeset government publications.
  • Operates computer terminals to produce databases.
  • Manipulates various file types to make corrections, author's alterations and updates.
  • Keyboards coded manuscript with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Troubleshoots files to identify and fix errors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Meets standards for quality.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee must pass a drug test 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 (enter security clearance).
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure report may be required.


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

To minimally qualify for the KI-4403-00 level, you must meet the requirement below: Applicants must meet Screen Out/Job Element #1: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision: 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.
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprint reading).
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
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.

This Open Continuous announcement allows acceptance of applications through September 27, 2024, or until 300 applications have been received or 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
October 8, 2023.

Eligible applications received aft er 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:
January 06, 2024
April 05, 2024
July 04, 2024
September 27, 2024 (final closing date)

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(09/27/2024) to be considered.


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.).

Working Conditions:
Performed in an office setting; may be required to visit other sections, whose work is performed in a production environment (exposure to noise, ink mist, odor/fumes, spray powder & paper dust from machinery. Ear/Eye protection and safety shoes are provided as necessary.

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 a suitability clearance . 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.

The Selectee will work shift 1 during a required initial training period of 60 to 90 days. Selectees may be assigned to shifts 2 and 3 after completing training period.

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