United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

About the organization

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating certain genetically engineered organisms that may pose a risk to plant health, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.

Policy and Program Development (PPD) provides analytical services to develop and improve APHIS programs. PPD’s Regulatory Analysis and Development (RAD) staff manages the Agency’s regulatory process and helps programs develop alternatives to rulemaking.


APHIS’ Regulatory Analysis and Development (RAD) staff seeks a writer/editor.

RAD drafts regulatory documents for APHIS programs for publication in the Federal Register, the publication of record for the Federal government. Writer/editors for RAD are responsible for ensuring that the information in these documents, which is often based on highly specialized and technical subject matter, is clearly written in plain English, to be readily understood by a wide audience with differing areas of concern. Documents must also be written to (1) meet intended APHIS program objectives, (2) survive possible challenge in court, and (3) meet the format, content, and legal sufficiency requirements imposed on regulations by law and Presidential Executive orders.

Writer/editors work with a variety of analysts to develop supporting documentation for Federal Register documents, and to review these supporting documents for clarity and consistency. Writer/editors serve as the primary point of contact for reviewers of the Federal Register documents that the writer/editors have drafted. Finally, writer/editors review and analyze official comments received on their documents.

Writer/editors also:
• With appropriate supervision, analyze previous Agency regulatory actions and advise programs on their regulatory options.
• With appropriate supervision, interpret statutes, Executive Orders, and regulatory precedent for APHIS programs.
• Provide training on the regulatory process.


Knowledge of and the ability to consistently apply rules of grammar and syntax is required.

Writer/editors must have some experience drafting and/or copy-editing documents intended for public distribution.

A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the Humanities (or more advanced degree) is preferred, but not required.

*Please note that applicants must have active non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status in order to be considered for this position.*


GS 7/9/11

Application instructions

Contact email: Stephen.O'[email protected]

Send resume, indication of active NCE status, and statement of interest to Steve O’Neill, Chief of RAD. Questions regarding this announcement should also be directed to Mr. O’Neill.

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