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    This position will remain open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be February 13, 2018.

    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.

    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.

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    The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director and the Director of ESP, and provides training and technical assistance to probation officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges on the federal sentencing guidelines and related sentencing issues. The incumbent performs a variety of tasks and responsibilities dealing with federal sentencing, in general, and the federal sentencing guidelines, in particular. This position requires moderate to frequent travel within the 50 states and territories of the United States.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Training judges, probation officers, law clerks, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in federal sentencing guidelines and sentencing practice.
    • Developing visual training materials on sentencing guidelines.
    • Researching and analyzing statutes, proposed legislation, and case law related to sentencing or criminal procedures.
    • Acting as a resource for other unit staff in resolution of sentencing-related issues.
    • In consultation with the Director of ESP, identifying sentencing guideline provisions in need of amendment.
    • As requested, participating on policy teams that develop and draft proposed guideline amendments. Reviewing proposed amendments for presentation to the Commissioners, in consultation with the Commission's Office of General Counsel.
    • Participating or leading staff working groups that focus on new legislation, sentencing guideline amendments, and other sentencing issues.
    • Participating as a Commission representative at professional conferences.
    • Completing other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director or Director of ESP, or by the Staff Director.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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