Job Overview


About the Agency

The United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the Judicial branch of the Federal government, was organized in 1985 to develop a national sentencing policy for the federal courts. The resulting sentencing guidelines structure the courts' sentencing discretion to help ensure that similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences.

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies. Additional information about the Commission can be accessed via the Commission's website at


The incumbent will work with research staff to: 

(1) Assist with modification of existing SAS programs;

(2) Review SAS programs for possible programming errors;

(3) Meet with research associates to discuss data quality issues and use feedback to create new edits to improve data quality;

(4) Assist with providing quick turnaround statistics on defendants sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines, responding to special requests from Commissioners, Congress, the courts, and others, as directed;

(5) Study issues pertinent to the development and application of the federal sentencing guidelines;

(6) Modify existing SAS prison and sentencing impact micro-simulation model to satisfy requests from Commission staff, Congress, and other government agencies;

(7) Compile, organize, and document research-related data files and assist in the preparation of data file documentation, statistical tables, and graphic displays and presentations;

(8) Analyze qualitative and quantitative data and contribute to published reports assessing the sentencing impact of judicial and/or congressional sentencing modifications to the guideline structure and process;

(9) Review existing data for errors and perform edits and data cleaning of research data files;

(10) Research, review, and analyze social science research literature;

(11) Assist in evaluating research problems and applying or adapting available research methods to solve research problems;

(12) Assist staff with statistical programming and software support as needed;

(13) Assist in the design and development of spreadsheets, and;

(14) Perform support or administrative tasks as needed. The job may require occasional travel to give presentations or to attend meetings or conferences.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No