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    Summary

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division is accepting applications under its 2021 Graduate Recruit Program for an Analyst in Public Finance. This position will be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level (see "Duties" below).

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    Responsibilities

    About the Graduate Recruit Program:

    Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days.  Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant’s successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding.  Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.

    About CRS

    CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process—from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

    CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

    DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

    The Analyst in Public Finance will work on legislation and oversight issues in the areas of tax policy, small business or economic development, and other public finance policies for Members and committees of the U.S. Congress. The analyst will locate and interpret factual information; conduct research; prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participate in team research projects and seminars. The work also includes briefing congressional staff and Members of Congress. The applicant should be able to demonstrate their proficiency through relevant coursework or experience. Applicants earning an advanced degree in economics are especially encouraged to apply.

    The ideal candidate will have formal training in or experience with microeconomics with an emphasis on tax policy, small business or economic development; knowledge and experience with public policymaking; and/or formal training in public finance and economics. The analyst in public finance is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

    Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience.

    The analyst position carries promotion potential to the GS-15 level.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

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    0110 Economist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    No additional requirements to those listed above.

    Qualifications

    Who may be considered:

    Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

    1. U.S. Citizenship
    2. Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program. (Library employees who already possess a graduate degree and maintain Library employment status without a break in service may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).
    3. General education requirements for a GS-09 or GS-11 appointment (see table below).

    GS-09 Grade Level

    GS-11 Grade Level

    Two years of progressively higher level appropriate graduate education leading to a Master's degree, OR

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

    Three years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, OR

    A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level   in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

    ADDITIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ECONOMIST POSITIONS:

    1. A degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

    OR

    1. A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A (1) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    The critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, needed to

    successfully perform the duties of the position:

    GS-09 Grade Level

    GS-11 Grade Level

    Knowledge of Microeconomics with an Emphasis on  Tax Policy, Small Business, or Economic Development**

    To provide objective background information and limited public policy analysis on macroeconomics and the U.S. economy for Members, committees, and staff of the U.S. Congress.

    Knowledge of Microeconomics with an Emphasis on  Tax Policy, Small Business, or Economic Development**

    To provide objective, in-depth public policy analysis and background information in the areas of small business, economic development, and general tax policy for Members and committees of the U.S. Congress.

    Ability to Design and Utilize Research and Analytical Methods and Techniques**

    To assemble, analyze, and interpret information to identify and evaluate public policy issues and options.

    Ability to Design and Utilize Research and Analytical Methods and Techniques**

    To research, analyze and synthesize complex information and evaluate implications of various policy alternatives.

    Ability to Write on Issues Related to Microeconomics with an Emphasis on Tax Policy, Small Business, or Economic Development Policy**

    To with limited analysis for Congress. write descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and other documents

    Ability to Write on Issues Related to Microeconomics with an Emphasis on Tax Policy, Small Business, or Economic Development Policy**

    To write analytical and descriptive reports, memoranda, and other products supported by appropriate background research for Congress.

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    Additional information

    The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    The appointment tenure for this position is full-time temporary with the expectation of subsequent conversion to permanent; flexible work schedules may be available. The position description number for this vacancy announcement are GS-09 (4737) or GS-11 (4738).  Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. Applicants who are referred for an interview will be required to submit a completed Form 1862 Library of Congress Applicant Data Form/Reference Form.

    Those Graduate Recruit Program participants who are converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent position, and who have not yet completed the one-year probationary period required of all new Library employees, will be required to do so. Time served in the temporary appointment will not count toward completion of this one-year probationary period requirement.

    CRS staff not placed in a permanent position under the Graduate Recruit Program will return to the position occupied before entering the program or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority. Before applying, other Library of Congress employees should consult their supervisor or service unit management regarding the status of their position should they be selected for the program but not placed in a permanent position.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, men, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Carmen Reese at CRSGraduateRecruit@crs.loc.gov or (202) 707-6275. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Completed application packages will be forwarded to a panel of CRS staff that will first assess applicants against basic eligibility and general education requirements of the position. An evaluation panel will then assess the degree to which candidates meet the critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position and offer the better qualified candidates an opportunity for an interview in person, by telephone or by other telecommunications means. In addition to the critical KSAs listed above, the following competencies will also be addressed during the interview:

    • Ability to Convey Analysis and Information Orally through Briefings, Consultations and Other Presentations
    • Ability to Exercise Objectivity in All Phases of Analysis, Consultation, and/or Oral Presentations
    • Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing

    A complete applicant package will require applicants to provide responses to a vacancy questionnaire, which includes mandatory submission of a Candidate Statement of Interest.  Finalists may be required to submit a writing sample related to their academic discipline.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    It is recommended that you review your application to ensure it contains the following items:

    • Resume (uploaded through USAJobs.gov)
    • Completed vacancy questionnaire
    • Graduate transcripts or a self-prepared course list (attachment to application)

    Note: the "Documents" section of the application may request that you attach Form 1862 Library of Congress Applicant Data Form/Reference Form.  You may choose to upload this form as part of your application or submit it at the time of interview.  Incomplete applications will not be referred to interview officials and will be disqualified from further consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.loc.gov/careers/working-at-the-library/benefits/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Carefully follow instructions under the How to Apply tab.

    You are required to apply online. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes.

    Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. The Library of Congress will NOT be able to access your Social Security information.

    Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. It is recommend that you go to the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer when you get to Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

    Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment.

    Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions.

    Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.

    (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.

    (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, (e.g. two undergraduate transcripts from different schools), be sure they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.

    Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.

    If you are experiencing technical difficulty, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov, no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED. If you have questions you MUST CONTACT Carmen Reese at CRSGraduateRecruit@crs.loc.gov or (202) 707-6275 no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT of the closing date.

    Agency contact information

    Customer Service Center

    Phone

    202-707-6275

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    CRSGraduateRecruit@crs.loc.gov

    Address

    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    LM-107
    Washington, District of Columbia 20540
    United States
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    Next steps

    Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/591942200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.