Printing Services Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

  • Works as an XML printing services specialist with the XPub development team responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the XPub system.
  • Creates, edits, validates, and publishes semantically rich XML documents that validate against target DTDs ( document type definitions) and XML schemas.
  • Works closely with members of multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement software for the efficient and accurate markup and multi-channel publishing of XML documents per GPO customer requirements.
  • Produces supporting documentation for XML tagging of Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Publication.
  • Tests Xpub between releases and assists users in achieving proficiency with the Xpub system.
  • Identifies, defines, and solves XML publication problems in support of prepress and congressional users.
  • Analyzes, designs, and recommends solutions to address existing and potential problems with systems and procedures.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee may be required to submit to 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
  • Individuals joining GPO must provide proof of receiving at least one dose of the and be scheduled to receive their second dose, or have proof of receiving the Johnson and Johnson single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Except in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception.
  • Individuals who join GPO after November 30, 2021 must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date, except in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception.
  • No physical demands are required. Some work may involve walking long distances in the large central office complex and may involve carrying light packages or papers.
  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting that is well lighted and ventilated. Some exposure to a printing plant environment may be necessary when the employee visits assigned business units for meetings.


To qualify for the Printing Services Specialist, PU -1654-12, you must meet the following requirements:

To minimally qualify for the PG-12 level. you must meet the requirement below. One (1) year of specialized experience at the PG-11 (or equivalent) level or higher. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Experience working with customers providing advice or making recommendations to successfully meet their publishing needs. Experience with XML documents, including but not limited to XML structure, XML tagging, well- formedness, and semantic validity. Uses web-based applications, spreadsheets, or similar tools to track work and report on progress.


One full year of graduate level education in a major study of journalism, business administration, English composition, commerce, accounting, printing or printing engineering, graphic or commercial art, industrial engineering, or economics.


A combination of education and experience as described above.

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(01/24/2022) to be considered.


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

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Selectee will work Shift 1

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 Suitability. 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.

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.