Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be February 1, 2017.

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.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. In addition to the federal benefits package, the Commission’s location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.


The incumbent will work with research staff to:

  • Create new SAS programs as well as modify existing SAS programs.
  • Utilize SAS macros in order to make programs more generalizable and adaptable.
  • Create PDFs of SAS output, tables, and figures.
  • Create figures (pie charts, bar charts, line charts, etc.) in SAS including titles, footnotes, etc. in Commission styling for use in special requests, presentations, and Commission reports.
  • Assist in the design and development of tables and figures in SAS, Word, and Excel.
  • 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.
  • Train ORD staff in SAS software (procedures and syntax); Review SAS programs written by ORD staff members for possible programming errors.
  • Study issues pertinent to the development and application of the federal sentencing guidelines.
  • Compile, organize, and document research-related datafiles and assist in the preparation of datafile documentation, statistical tables, and graphic displays and presentations.
  • 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.
  • Match USSC datafiles with datafiles from other federal agencies or from special USSC data collections.
  • Modify existing SAS prison and sentencing impact micro-simulation model to satisfy requests from Commission staff, Congress, and other government agencies.
  • Meet with research associates to discuss data quality issues and use feedback to create new edits to improve data quality.
  • Review existing data for errors and perform edits and data cleaning of research datafiles.
  • Research, review, and analyze social science research literature.
  • Assist in evaluating research problems and applying or adapting available research methods to solve research problems.
  • Learn and implement new technology, such as business intelligence tools (e.g., OBIE) to develop dashboards.
  • Perform support or administrative tasks as needed.
The job may require occasional travel to give presentations or to attend meetings or conferences.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No