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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division is seeking an Analyst in Social Policy (Food Assistance) to work on issues related to federal food assistance and child nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), that serve low-income households. Ideal candidates will have an academic background in public policy, economics, other social sciences, public health, and/or nutrition and will have knowledge of policy in at least one of the federal food assistance programs. Understanding relationships between food assistance programs and other programs and policies serving low-income households, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and federal child care programs would be an asset.


    Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period of up to 120 days beginning early 2018. Some initial appointments may be eligible for subsequent conversion to permanent appointments, contingent upon participants' performance and completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding.

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    CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

    This position will be filled at the GS-09 or the GS-11 level (see "Duties" below).

    The Analyst in Social Policy will provide objective, expert public policy analysis and consultation on policies and issues related to federal food assistance and child nutrition programs for Members and committees of the U.S. Congress. The analyst will locate/interpret factual information; conduct research; prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participate in team research projects and seminars.

    This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. The candidate should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and be familiar with public policy issues related to federal food assistance and child nutrition programs. Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to- understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

    The analyst position carries promotion potential to the GS-15 level.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Recent graduates, students or Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

    1. U.S. Citizens

    2. Enrollment in or anticipated/recent graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program between May 2017 and August 2018 (Library employees may already possess a graduate degree.)

    3. General education requirements for a GS-09 or GS-11 appointment (see "Qualifications Required " below).

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