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    The Research Associate (RA) assists research staff in the preparation and analysis of data for monitoring the application of the federal sentencing guidelines and for other related Commission or criminal justice research. The RA may also assist on the work of Commission policy teams or congressional report projects by generating tables and graphics, assisting with designing coding instruments, and writing SAS programs for both data quality control and data analysis of data produced by the team.

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    THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DATA (ORD) is the largest unit in the Commission, with approximately 45 employees. Staff collect data from sentencing documents which are submitted electronically by federal courts around the country. ORD staff provide statistical analyses to the Commissioners about the nature and extent of federal crime, the people who commit those crimes, and how the federal sentencing guidelines are applied in criminal cases. ORD's analyses are a key part of the Commission's decision-making process about changes to the guidelines. ORD analyses are also used in various publicly available publications such as the Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics, Quarterly Sentencing Updates, Quick Facts, and various reports to Congress.

    The incumbent will work with research staff to:

    • Review existing data for errors and perform edits and data cleaning of research data files.
    • Assist in the production of sentencing statistics.
    • Compile, organize, and document research-related data files and assist in the preparation of data file documentation, statistical tables, and graphic displays and presentations.
    • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data and contribute to reports and publications based on that data.
    • Assist in the preparation of reports assessing the sentencing impact of judicial and/or congressional sentencing modifications to the guideline structure and process.
    • Assist in the preparation of databases, writing and executing computer program code and working with large data files.
    • Research, review, and analyze social science research literature.
    • Perform support or administrative tasks as needed.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0101 Social Science

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