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    Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Office of Public Information and Education provides information to the public and to the copyright community regarding U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office services. The Writer-Editor writes and edits Copyright Office publications, reviews written materials, and prepares and advises on written content.

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    The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law; advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and provides information and reference services to the public.

    Staff of the Office of Public Information and Education respond to inquiries from the public, create and distribute Copyright Office publications, plan and execute a variety of educational activities, engage in outreach with diverse audiences via social media, and maintain the Copyright Office’s website.

    The position is Writer-Editor and reports to the Education and Outreach Manager in the Education and Outreach Section of the Office of Public Information and Education. The incumbent provides information in various settings.

    While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Library and Copyright Office materials.

    The position description number for this position is 109710.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    This position has promotion potential to GS-12.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    Plans and assists in the production of material in a specific subject matter. Gathers and verifies facts, edits Copyright Office circulars, form letters, announcements, newsletters, press releases, website, and other related publications for clarity and consistency. Writes and/or edits portions of reports, news, and pamphlets, and assists in the development and presentation of the information.

    Checks bibliographies and exercises editorial control for assigned publication(s). Ensures that deadlines are met in a timely fashion through regular communication with graphic specialists, other writers, etc. Proofreads printer's proofs within established deadlines.

    Writes articles, news releases, and other related data for release to Copyright Office staff, Library of Congress staff, Congressional staff, and the general public concerning a variety of subjects on copyright and the Copyright Office. This material requires the analysis and selection of facts drawn from different sources and synthesized into a unified presentation.

    As assigned, may attend Congressional committee meetings and hearings on the subject of copyright. Prepares summaries and reports as requested. Acquires information about the subject matter through multiple sources of information such as Title 17, U.S. Code, the Compendium of Copyright Office Practices, internal documents, the Regulations of the Copyright Office, library research, reading, and interviewing subject matter specialists, policy officials, and others who can furnish pertinent information or who can amplify written material.

    Assures that the final version has a logical and effective sequence of thoughts and ideas and that the overall tone and level of the work is consistent with the terms of its objectives and the medium in which it is to appear. Further, assures that the work is consistent with other related works in which the material appears.

    Provides an initial review of general interest products to ensure that products meet approved editorial standards of objectivity, style, and manner of presentation. May recommend changes in the organization, presentation, and factual coverage of the written work. Assigned products are of general interest to staff members and the public. Initiates and maintains relationships with subject-matter specialists responsible for preparing products in their respective divisions. Reviews and analyzes comments and resolves routine differences from the various sources of information.

    Performs various other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1082 Writing And Editing

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