Lead Writer Editor

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Official Journals of Government, Government Publishing Office in Washington, District of Columbia.

Employee will work Shift-1

The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of the Congressional Directory among numerous Congressional offices and major program areas within GPO.
Learn more about this agency


  • Administer, oversee, and ensure that the project vision of the Congressional Directory is shared by internal and external stakeholders which include the JCP, Federal agencies and GPO personnel detailed to the project.
  • Manage complex projects across multiple organizations with a wide variety of stakeholders. Drafts standard operating procedures based on publication style of the Congressional Directory for the details to follow.
  • Plan, organize, direct and review work of subordinates for the Congressional Directory project. Assign work to details based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments and the capabilities of employees.
  • Advise and assist Congressional details with technical operating procedures for compiling the Congressional Directory. Give advice and counsel to details on how to process, update and edit the Congressional Directory.
  • Ensure appropriate resources are available and assigned to maintain appropriate workflow. Provide preplanning technical assistance and liaison service between the Congress and GPO.
  • Research, schedule, track, set priorities, and makes technical determinations when necessary for the Congressional Directory.
  • Balance workload and ensure status and project reports of the Congressional Directory are delivered according to timetable established by the JCP.
  • Negotiate changes with congressional staff on copy submitted. Exchanges and explains information regarding the Congressional Directory in response to inquiries by Members of Congress and their staff, GPO staff, and/or Federal agencies.
  • Maintain database of the Congressional Directory and ensure updates are made online. Meet with representatives of the Congress including JCP to develop procedures to accommodate changes in the Congressional Directory.
  • Draft and assist in the development of GPO policy and procedures for approval of senior GPO officials, typically relating to implementation of changes resulting from Congressional action for the Congressional Directory.
  • Communicate with the JCP and Federal agencies regarding updating the Congressional Directory. Keep records of changes requested by Members of Congress and their staff, Federal agencies, and the JCP.
  • Represent the Office of Congressional Publishing Services at high level meetings with JCP on behalf of the Deputy Director on the status of the Congressional Directory project.
  • Deploy established security measures, close out records when jobs are completed, and authorize other divisions and other cooperating parties to dispose of electronic files. Inform supervisor and documents any problems that may arise.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a current Career or Career Conditional GPO employee to apply.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. Applicants must have served 1 year at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade level of federal service to qualify


To qualify for the Lead Writer Editor, PG - 1082 - 13 , you must meet the following requirements:

To minimally qualify for the PG- 1082-13 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience at the PG-12 or equivalent grade level or higher. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
  • Communicating effectively and diplomatically with internal and external customers;
  • Managing a project on an organizational level;
  • Providing editorial and technical advice/ assistance on difficult assignments and
  • Reviewing and correcting drafts of written material.

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 (07/23/2021) to be considered.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used or 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: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/3110 and https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/2302

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the competencies associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for the job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be made and compared against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your rating is based on both your responses to the questionnaire and information stated in your application. Please make sure that your self-ratings are supported by information in your application. The Human Capital Specialist may verify your qualifications and self-ratings during the application and selection process through quality review, interview questions, work samples, demonstrations, reference checks, and other means. Inflated qualifications may result in you being excluded from further consideration for this position. You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:
    • Customer Service
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing
We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume must CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • The Content of Resume: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or other written form you choose to describe your job-related experiences are used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total number of hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position. To assist you in sending in a complete resume, use the checklist Click Here
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action- If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a SF-50 showing the highest grade level held in the position for which you are using to qualify. Your SF-50 must also include the Position Title and Series, Step, Salary, Tenure, Position Occupied, and promotion potential (if applicable) to verify your status and eligibility.

    If you are unable to provide your most recent SF-50, you should submit a written statement explaining why it was not obtainable. This explanation should include your Position Title and Series, Step, Salary, Tenure, Position Occupied, and promotion potential. Failure to submit the required SF50 document or statement of explanation will result in an ineligible rating under merit promotion procedures.
  • Recent Performance Appraisal -If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your current Fiscal Year (FY2020) Performance Appraisal showing you have performed at an acceptable level. If you are unable to submit your current Fiscal Year (FY2020) Performance Appraisal you must submit a written explanation as to why it was not obtainable. In this explanation you should include your final rating. Failure to submit your current Fiscal Year (FY2020) Performance Appraisal or a written statement explaining why it was not obtainable will disqualify you from further consideration.
  • For applicants qualifying on the basis of education: School transcript(s) - official or unofficial. A transcript or list of completed courses is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript or list of courses should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, semester hours, and GPA. If you provided an unofficial transcript or list of completed courses at the time of application and you are selected you will be required to provide an official transcript prior to appointment.

Similar jobs