This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Writer/Editor, GS-1082-09/11/12/13
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-779988

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United States
Current Status Candidates with Food and Drug Administration Only


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the lead office for all field activities at the FDA. Regulating more than 135,000 business establishments that annually produce, warehouse, import and transport $1 trillion worth of consumer goods, ORA protects consumers by maximizing compliance of FDA regulated products and minimizing risks associated with those products. More than 4,400 ORA personnel in more than 200 locations work every day to maximize compliance of regulated products and to minimize public health risks.

This position is located in the Office of Communications and Quality Management, Internal Communications Staff as a writer-editor. The Office of Communications and Quality Management is charted with providing leadership and direction for all ORA internal communications. The Internal Communications Staff prepares, coordinates, and develops relevan material in collaboration with other FDA technical, regulatory, and policy units as necessary. Staff is responsible for creating and coordinating an internal communications program that effectively keeps all constituencies informed and builds support for ORA's mission. In addition, the staff develops and implements internal communications strategies for key ORA initiatives to ensure employees are educated and engaged and evaluates effectiveness of internal communications and adjusts future efforts accordingly.

Pay Scale:

GS-09 - $51,630.00 - $ 67,114.00

GS-11 - $62,467.00 - $ 81,204.00

GS-12 - $74,872.00 - $ 97,333.00

GS-13 - $89,033.00 - $115,742.00


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-ORA-DE-13-779984 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • U.S Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Moving expenses are authorized.


    ·         Proofreads, reviews, formats, and edits a variety of documents including internal newsletters, Web copy, social media messages, notices and other correspondence that often deal with highly complex and controversial topics.

    ·         Translates complex scientific and technical terminology into language that is accurate as well as understandable to the recipients.

    ·         Gathers research materials and conducts interview to combine information from various sources to prepare articles.

    ·         Edits materials developed by others to ensure the proper style, format and communication objectives are accurate and understandable.

    ·         Explains complex scientific, public health, and regulatory information, issues, decisions, and policies to staff.

    ·         Utilizes computer software applications and Web Content Management System for preparing materials for publication and posting online.


In order to qualify for the GS-09 Writer Editor Vacancy, you must meet one of the following: (transcripts are required if using part or all of education to qualify)

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, that included assisting higher level specialist in researching factual information to write articles, Web copy, newsletters, or pamphlets for senior review; reviewing proposed publications for errors such as format, grammar, punctuation and spelling; and using desktop publishing software to prepare documents; OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D.; OR a combination of the specialized experience and graduate education that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. 


In order to qualify for the GS-11 Writer Editor Vacancy, you must meet one of the following: (transcripts are required if using part or all of education to qualify)

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in Federal service, that included writing articles, Web copy, newsletters or publications that provide factual information according to agency policy; researching various sources to prepare writing assignments; and using software to incorporate illustrations, tables and/or charts into documents; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.


In order to qualify for the GS-12 Writer Editor Vacancy, you must meet one of the following:

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in Federal service, that included creating writing assignments dealing with highly complex and controversial topics; providing technical advice on the writing and editing of publications; developing presentations to meet the publishing objectives; and using various software systems to create materials for distribution.


In order to qualify for the GS-13 Writer Editor Vacancy, you must meet one of the following:

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in Federal service, that included developing a variety of scientific and/or legal publications; reviewing and approving other editor’s materials for publication; and developing authoritative information on program related materials.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your  transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.

Failure to provide any of the above will result in an ineligible rating.  

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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.  For further information, click on foreign education

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Time-in-Grade: Career or career-conditional current and former Federal employees who select to apply under merit promotion procedures must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level of this position.

2.  Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

3. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


4. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


6. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


7. One-year probationary period may be required.


8. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: may be paid


9. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes  


10. Drug Screening Required: No


11. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No



Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

For Current FDA Competitive Merit Promotion Applicants:  The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For current FDA Noncompetitive Applicants (current FDA transfer eligible employees):  All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position.

    ·         Write and edit documents

    ·         Research and development

    ·         Analytical skill

    ·         Computer software applications


The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Career Transition Program:  This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified. Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.

For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on 779988.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.


Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • Standard Form 50 (if you are a current Federal service employee)


Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)


  • College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation for current FDA transfer eligible employees.




For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

Control Number: 330878900
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