Job Overview


This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Be a part of America's nutrition assistance safety net.  Food Distribution Division is a great place to work, offering a rewarding career where each analyst positively impacts the lives of individuals in need of nutrition assistance. 

Food Distribution Programs include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a food package program serving low-income seniors, women, infants, and children; the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which provides nutritious USDA Foods to eligible low-income households, including Tribal households, living on or near Indian reservations and in Oklahoma; and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which makes both foods and administrative funds available to States for further distribution to local agencies, primarily food banks.  Food Distribution Division also administers the distribution of healthy USDA Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program.   For further information about our programs, go to  

Key Information: 

  • One or more vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Depending on a variety of circumstances, Telework may be available. 
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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Program Analyst, you will:

  • Develop, prepare, clear, analyze and interpret proposed and final legislation pertinent to the Food Distribution Programs. Prepare congressional testimony pertaining to the Administration's legislation. Prepare reports to Congress on request. Respond to congressional inquiries and questions on administration initiatives .
  • Develop, prepare, clear, analyze, interpret and disseminate national program regulations which incorporate the mandates of law, FNS Instructions and Departmental policies governing nutrition and Food Distribution Programs.
  • Provide technical assistance and training primarily to the Regions including regulations, policy and legislation.
  • Compose replies to a full range of correspondence from Congress, State and local Governments, interest groups, and the general public. These letters often concern controversial or technical matters that require a high degree of tact and judgment. Such responses require a thorough knowledge of the Programs and Department policies.