Writer-Editor


Vacancy ID: 777454   Announcement Number: FS-777454-SW13   USAJOBS Control Number: 330959900

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

777454
1. Title of Job

Writer-Editor
2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required, except for country (unless you reside in an overseas area) and telephone number.
3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

(Required) Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

Enter your veterans' preference claim. (Note: If you are claiming veterans' preference YOU MUST submit supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement to receive eligibility consideration.)
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

These dates are required if you have claimed veterans' preference, unless you have claimed derived preference (i.e., widow, spouse, etc.). Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)
16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

1 Transfer-I am a current Federal employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. Attached is a copy of my SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
2 Reinstatement-I am a former Federal Employee with reinstatement eligibility. Attached is a copy of my latest SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
3 VRA-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment to positions at GS-11 and below based on eligibility under the Veterans Recruitment Authority. Attached is a copy of my DD-214 verifying my eligibility.
4 30% Vet-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on being a 30% compensable veteran. Attached is a copy of my VA letter verifying my eligibility.
5 Peace Corp/Vista-I am eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under an authority for recently returned Peace Corps employees or Vista volunteers.
6 Repromotion-I am currently employed as a Federal civilian on a permanent competitive appointment at the full performance level (or higher) of this position; or a former Federal civilian employee who has held the full performance level (or higher) of this position on a permanent competitive appointment.
7 Other-I am currently on a permanent position which is equivalent to at least the grade of this position (or higher) in the Federal service; however, I am an employee for a Federal agency which has an interchange agreement with the US Office of Personnel Management, or with a Federal agency covered under other special appointing authorities or agreements. (e.g. TSA, US Postal Service, FAA, etc.)
8 VEOA-I have never been a permanent Federal civilian employee in the competitive service; however, I am a veteran who served substantially 3 or more years of continuous active duty in the military -OR- I am a preference eligible; AND my or the veteran's most recent discharge or release from active duty was under honorable conditions.
9 Military Spouse-I am seeking eligibility for a noncompetitive appointment as the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who is performing active duty pursuant to orders authorizing a PCS move, OR spouse of a totally (100%) disabled retired or separated member of the Armed Forces, OR unmarried widow/widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while performing active duty.
10 Persons with Disabilities-I have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
11 None of the above applies to me.

20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 777454.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive & Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) gathering information on specific topics and present the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; 2) preparing documents by following specific styles and formats(such as MLA, APA,AP etc.); 3) writing and editing documents that incorporate authoritative information gathered by personal research; 4) analyzing the impact of new, revised, or proposed legislation for application to written material; and 5) editing, writing, and publishing a wide variety of written communications that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method.
B. I have successfully completed three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Doctorate or Ph.D., or equivalent degree, e.g., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include journalism, creative writing, or English literature. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
C. I have a combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above. When combining education and experience, first take the total number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned and divide by 54 semester hours (or equivalent); then take the total number of months of experience and divide by 12 months; finally, add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only the graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours may be combined with experience to qualify. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
D. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-11 level.

2. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) researching, analyzing, reviewing, editing, and writing responses to inquiries from the White House, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other equally authoritative establishments; 2) preparing documents by following specific styles and formats(such as MLA, APA,AP etc.); 3) writing and editing documents that incorporate authoritative information gathered by personal research ensuring that it is consistent with other presented information; 4) analyzing the impact of new, revised, or proposed legislation or policy changes for application to written material; and 5) editing, writing, and publishing a wide variety of written communications that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method, which include reports, talking points, speeches, and/or standard operating procedures or manuals for review and approval by all levels of leadership.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-12 level.

WRITING

3. Which of the following written materials have you critiqued, edited, or written? (Select all that apply.)

A. Training Materials (e.g. instructional materials, instructional handouts, instructor guides, student guides, etc.)
B. Manuals or Guidebooks
C. Regulations (e.g. organizational policy, request for legislative amendments, etc.)
D. High level correspondence (e.g. responses to White House, Office of Management and Budget, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, etc.)
E. None of the above (If selected, be sure this is the ONLY response selected for this item.)

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Write and edit materials that require tact and diplomacy in presentation method.

5. Write or edit web site material for an organization.

6. Draft talking points or speeches intended to be delivered to the general public.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

7. Research and analyze information on a specific topic.

8. Compile and verify information to amplify or provide full subject coverage.

9. Verify compliance of collected information with current policies and objectives of related programs.

10. Present information that requires a response from an external group.

11. Gather and analyze information by interviewing subject matter experts in a specific field of study.

12. Present information that adheres to current policies and style requirements.

13. Present information that is consistent with other information that has previously been presented.

14. Analyze the impact of new, revised and proposed legislation for application to potential future speech writing assignments.

15. Utilize the Associated Press (AP) or Government Printing Office style guides for writing official materials.

ABILITY TO INTERPRET AND EXPLAIN A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS TO SPECIFIC AUDIENCES

16. Communicate information to audiences on topics that require tact and diplomacy.

17. Write or present documentation that is both complex and controversial.

18. Write or edit responses to inquiries from the White House, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other equally authoritative establishment.

19. Prepare answers to anticipated questions from the audience for a speaker.

20. Write speeches that present materials in an interesting, clear, and thorough matter.

21. Present factual information that is at an appropriate level for the intended audience.

KNOWLEDGE OF UP-TO-DATE AND PERTINENT INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN WRITTEN MATERIALS

22. Utilize the appropriate processes for presenting written information to audiences within and outside the Federal government.

23. Maintain awareness of the types and disposition of audiences to which materials would likely be provided.

24. Verify information through personal research efforts.