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Officialship - District of Columbia

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of District of Columbia Seek Official Court Reporter

Washington, District of Columbia



Announcement No.: 2017-13

Position Title: Official Court Reporter
(More than one position may be available)

Salary Range: Level 1: $85,015
Level 2: $89,265 (Requires merit certification)
Level 3: $93,516 (Requires realtime certification)
Level 4: $97,767 (Requires realtime certification
and merit certification)

Merit Certification: Registered merit reporter certificate from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

Realtime Certification: Successful completion of a certified realtime examination by NCRA or equivalent exam.

Position Location: Washington, DC

Area of Consideration: Open to all qualified individuals

Open Date: May 16, 2017

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

How to Apply:

Qualified individuals must submit the following:

• A cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the position requirements
• AO-78, Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (can be downloaded from
• A resume detailing all relevant experience, education, skills, and certifications

Failure to submit a complete and signed cover letter, AO-78, and resume will result in immediate disqualification. Description of Work section of the AO-78 must be completed to include salary information. Indicating “see resume” is not acceptable. Incomplete and/or unsigned applications will not be considered, returned or retained. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted and must travel at their own expense. One application per candidate will be accepted for this announcement.

Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to:

United States District and Bankruptcy Courts
Attn: Human Resources (2017-13)
333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 2718
Washington, DC 20001

Or via e-mail as one PDF document to:

Agency Contact Person: Marion L. Boulden, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Manager
(202) 565-1355


This position is located in the Clerk’s Office of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia. The incumbent of this position is responsible for the recording and transcription of verbatim testimony of court sessions and/or other proceedings.


The duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Attend and record verbatim by shorthand or mechanical means court sessions; read back portions of court record, as required.
• Provide transcripts within the time and cost limitations set by the Judicial Conference; electronically file with Clerk of court a copy of all transcripts prepared after delivery to the requesting parties.
• Provide transcripts to the court upon request, without charge, of all arraignments, pleas, and proceedings in connection with imposition of sentence in criminal cases.
• Promptly certify and file all original shorthand notes, audio files, and other original records of proceedings.
• Perform such administrative duties as required, such as billing for transcripts, financial and other record keeping, preparation and filing of required Administrative Office reports, and responding to official correspondence and telephone calls.


Only applicants meeting the following minimum eligibility requirements and qualifications will be considered:

• Four years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service, in other courts, or a combination thereof (e.g., depositions, adversary proceedings before a presiding official, grand jury proceedings).
• Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification is preferred and Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification is required.
• The ability to record and transcribe 180 words per minute for literary matters, 200 words per minute for jury charge, and 225 words per minute for testimony at 95% accuracy.
• Knowledge of and experience with computer-aided transcription (CAT). Must provide own CAT system with realtime capability.
• Possess and provide all necessary personal equipment and software.
• Self-starter, mature, highly organized; possess tact, good judgment, poise, and initiative; maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Strong team orientation and customer service skills. Communicate effective, both orally and in writing.


Full-time employees of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia are eligible for a full range of benefits to include:

• A minimum of 10 paid holidays per year
• Paid annual leave in the amount of 13 days per year for the first three years, 20 days per year after three years, and 26 days per year after fifteen years
• Paid sick leave in the amount of 13 days per year
• Retirement benefits
• Optional participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits, the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance, the Flexible Benefits Program, the Commuter Benefit Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance
• On-site physical fitness facility
• Flexible work schedule


United States citizenship is required for consideration for this position.

Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

Employees of the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause by the court.

Employees are required to use the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Final candidates will undergo a background check.

Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan adopted by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.