Washington D.C.
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Physical - Effort Duties require prolonged standing, walking, stooping, bending, stretching, reaching above the shoulder, and climbing. A moderate amount of hand, wrist, and arm movements is involved. Moderate lifting is required for objects weighing up to 80 pounds. Incumbent is required to have good eye-hand coordination and proficient vision.

Working Conditions- Primarily the duties are performed in an office setting. However, the incumbent may be required to visit other sections whose work is performed in a production environment where there is exposure to noise, ink mist, odors/fumes, spray powder, and paper dust from machinery. Ear protection, eye protection, and safety shoes are provided as necessary.

U.S. Citizenship is Required.
Selectee must pass a drug test prior to appointment.
Selectees must pass a physical examination prior to appointment.
Selectee must pass a background check prior to appointment.
Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.

To qualify for the position, you must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must meet the following Screen-Out element, Job Element #1 below, to be considered for this position: Ability to do the work of a Proofreader/Keyboarder with normal supervision ( SCREEN OUT). Applicants must have experience and/or training of sufficient scope and quality to independently perform the duties typically required of a Proofreader/Keyboarder at the journeyperson level.

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 book 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 subsequent journeyperson-level experience. Qualifying experience include proofreading book or magazine proofs for publication or general distribution or two years of journeyperson level experience in reading proof on a daily newspaper and must demonstrate skill in manipulating electronic files in order to make corrections, key manuscript 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 proofreader trade.

Note #2: Applicants are urged to provide in the application package: their total experience relating to reading proofs, giving specific examples of the kinds of material read and describing in sufficient detail their responsibilities in proof reading work (include length and percentage of time), and training (include length of time), which apply to each of the job elements listed below.

Note #3: The work of these positions will be performed in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. A qualified typist is required. Selectees must be able to type 40 wpm with no more than 3 errors per minute. Applicants must self-certify by providing a Statement of Typing Proficiency dated within the past three years. Applicants who have held a Federal position with "Typing or Office Automation (OA)" in the title within the last three years do not have to self-certify.

Note#4: Selectees will be required to pass a physical, eye examination, and drug test prior to appointment. The GPO will not pay for travel/relocation expenses incurred by individuals

In addition to the requirements above, GPO employees competing under merit promotion procedures must meet all of the following criteria in accordance with Federal Merit Promotion Plan, GPO Instruction 615.2C (Appendix B): 1. Have completed a formal, recognized apprenticeship or GPO journeyperson training program, or possess substantially equivalent practical experience in the trade of the vacancy; AND 2. Have at least 1 year of journeyperson experience subsequent to completion of the above apprenticeship or training; AND 3. Have served a minimum of 1 year in Career or Career-Conditional appointment in the GPO.


1) Have obtained a Baccalaureate Degree or three years of responsible experience in the printing industry equivalent, at a minimum, to the GPO journeyperson level, 2) Have two years of experience in the printing industry of a scope and quality sufficient to carry out the duties of the position - one year of which was at or comparable to the PG-12 level, AND 3) Have served a minimum of one year in a career or career-conditional appointment in GPO.

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.

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 a 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.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:

  • Ability to recognize and investigate erroneous printed information with research tools used by the proofreader/keyboarder.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to execute various typesetting programs applicable to the print trade.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer keyboard for use in electronic photocomposition.
  • Skill in using and applying printing composition technology, processes and terminology.
  • Skill in using and interpreting standard proofreader marks, and accepted trade practices.

We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume should CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

If you meet the qualification requirements listed above, your application will be rated based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents. Your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

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Drug test required Yes

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