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    Summary

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has exclusive jurisdiction over decisions of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board or BVA). The Court reviews Board decisions appealed by claimants who believe the Board erred in its decision. The Court's review of Board decisions is based on the record before the agency and arguments of the parties, which are presented in a written brief, with oral argument generally held only in cases presenting new legal issues.

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    Responsibilities

    The editor is part of the Court's Public Office and reports directly to the Public Office's Chief Deputy Clerk of Operations. The editor works as a part of a team of three editors, who edit the decisions of the Court's nine active Judges and several retired Judges who work in recall status. The editor also cooperates with colleagues in the Public Office in issuing the Court's final decisions; the editor works with the Clerk of the Court in editing letters and materials issued by the Clerk's Office; and with respect to research and acquiring research materials, the editor works with the Court librarian.

    The editor's thorough and timely completion of his or her work directly contributes to the Court's efficiency and productivity. The Judges and judicial law clerks rely on the editor---the Court's expert on writing and style---for professional and thorough review. The editor must take initiative and exercise good judgment and perseverance.

    Major Duties

    Substantive Editing---Review the Court's decisions (that is, the Court's orders, memorandum decisions, and precedential panel decisions, including decisions published electronically on Lexis and Westlaw and those published in the hardbound volumes of West's Veterans Appeals Reporter) to promote clarity, economy, logical progression of ideas, and general intelligibility. This review involves (1) continually striving to help the Court convey its legal analysis in plain English; (2) clarifying and trimming muddy and wordy prose; (3) identifying redundancy; (4) reviewing organization; (5) ensuring facts are presented consistently and accurately; (6) diplomatically and respectfully suggesting revisions; (7) removing barriers to clear expression without interfering with the author's tone and intent; (8) helping to shape the author's thoughts while preserving the author's ideas; and (9) keeping in mind that many pro se appellants read the Court's decisions.

    Copy Editing---Review the Court's decisions by (1) identifying errors in usage and suggesting alternatives; (2) identifying awkward phrasing and suggesting alternatives; (3) ensuring correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; (4) reviewing the consistency of headings; (5) promoting consistency in typeface; (6) ensuring layout comports with the Court's templates and rules for laying out its orders, memorandum decisions, and precedential panel decisions; (7) ensuring style (e.g., capitalization, hyphenation) consistent with the Court's Style Manual, the United States Government Printing Office Style Manual, and The Chicago Manual of Style.

    Legal Editing---Review the Court's decisions by (1) ensuring legal citations are consistent with the Court's Style
    Manual and The Bluebook, and (2) verifying the accuracy of quotations.

    Other Editing Duties---Edit transcripts, review and prepare galleys of Court's tri-annual Judicial Conference and other Court events for publication in West's Veterans Appeals Reporter; edit congressional testimony; help draft and edit Court rules revisions, website and intranet materials, letters from the Court and the Clerk of Court, speeches by Judges and Court personnel, and articles for submission to veteran-related publications and websites; proofread final documents; respond promptly to authors' questions about citation, usage, and grammar; brief new law clerks on the Court's Style Manual and writing style.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13 - GS-13.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559130300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.