Job Overview


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's daily activity will focus on analyzing electronic sentencing documents, extracting sentencing data, and accurately entering the information into an electronic database according to established criteria.  Duties include:

(1) Learning federal sentencing guideline application according to established procedures;

(2) Ensuring sentencing documents are received in a format that is approved and required by the Commission;

(3) Identifying and screening out non-guidelines cases mistakenly forwarded by the courts;

(4) Timely and accurately analyzing and processing documents relating to original sentences according to established procedures; identifying, interpreting, and extracting sentencing information and accurately entering data into an electronic database;

(5) Timely and accurately analyzing probation violations, supervised release violations,  and re-sentencing documents and accurately entering data into an electronic database regarding document status and updated sentencing information;

(6) Attempting to resolve database error messages before cases are completed; properly documenting issues, noting processing difficulties and identifying cases that need follow-up or resolution;

(7) Coordinating workflow with the document analyst manager to ensure organizational needs are met in a timely fashion;

(8) Complying with established office procedures, maintaining confidentiality and protecting the privacy and security of all federal sentencing documents and confidential court documents received, and;

(9) Completing special projects as directed by the document analyst manager.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No