Job Title:Document Analyst
Agency:U. S. Sentencing Commission
Job Announcement Number:#14-10
/ Per Year|
|Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to
Monday, August 17, 2015|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time -
Excepted Service Temporary NTE 1 Yr &1 Day|
|Many vacancies in the following location:|
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|Open Until Filled. First Cut-Off Date For Review of Applications: September 9, 2014.|
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 http://www.ussc.gov.
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Individuals must undergo a fingerprint background check.
- Employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.
DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position, or experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
Applicants must have excellent analytical and organizational skills.Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in an attached cover letter.
(1) Knowledge of the types of sentencing documents used in federal criminal cases, the federal sentencing guidelines, and the federal criminal justice system.
(2) Ability to handle multiple assignments, focus on details, and produce precise work products in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met.
(3) Knowledge and demonstrated data processing experience and knowledge of data quality assurance procedures.
(4) Ability to analyze federal sentencing documents, identify sentencing variables and interpret sentencing information with respect to the way the federal sentencing guidelines were applied in a particular case.
(5) Ability to interact successfully with staff at all levels and work effectively as a team member.
(1) Knowledge and demonstrated data processing experience.
(2) Knowledge of data quality assurance procedures.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The U.S. Sentencing Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.
The Office of Human Resources: (1) Reviews the applicants application to ensure the proper materials are submitted, (2) Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement; and, (3) Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.
Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the screening panel for review. Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements for the position are automatically disqualified from consideration. In addition, some applicants may be asked to complete a writing test or may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicants experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection.