Job Overview

Summary

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division is accepting applications for an Analyst in Income Security (Social Security) under the 2013 Graduate Recruit Program. This position will be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level (see "Duties" below).

ABOUT THE GRADUATE RECRUIT PROGRAM:

Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days beginning in the spring/summer of 2013. Some initial appointments may be eligible for subsequent conversion to permanent appointments, contingent upon participants' performance and completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding.

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.

A legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century. 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

The Analyst in Income Security will provide objective, expert public policy analysis and consultation on policies and issues related to income support programs (e.g., Social Security, public and private pensions, disability benefits, and unemployment insurance) 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.

This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. The candidate should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with public policy issues related to income support programs. Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

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