Job Overview


The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

This position is located in the U.S. Copyright Office, Licensing Division, Examining Section.

By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

This position serves as a licensing examiner in the Licensing Examining Section. The section examines all types of compulsory and statutory licensing documents for legal conformity to the Copyright Act, regulations and operating procedures, authorizes refunds, and requests additional royalty payments including interest.

The position description number for this position is 060824.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a Flextime, Compflex, or Maxiflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


Determines whether the legal and formal requirements of the copyright laws in the area of compulsory licenses have been met. Interprets the Copyright Act and applicable regulations to correct deficiencies submitted on forms. Analyzes the compulsory licensing document verifying the applicable rate, forms, and whether regulations are followed.

Assists senior specialists in the examination of the statements of account or other documents submitted  quarterly, semiannually and annually. In examining these documents, among other functions, the employee determines: the completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of the documents; whether they have been prepared in accordance with applicable requirements of law and regulations; and whether royalty fees have been calculated properly and paid. Maintains personal work contacts with representatives of related organizations to explain and discuss the Office's position under which a compulsory license may be obtained and the paying of royalty fees.

Examines licensing documents and takes the necessary steps to ensure that the documents are accurate and in conformance with the law and applicable regulations. Seeks advice from senior specialists when new or unusual situations arise.  

Provides information to the general public, state/county and city organizations, industry groups, and community groups . Serves as an information contact for the public at large. Explains policies and procedures. Responds to certain inquiries or requests for information.