Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process (Budget)

Washington, D.C
Mar 16, 2023
Mar 21, 2023
Full Time

About the CRS Graduate Recruit Program

Initial appointments under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant's successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.

About CRS

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process-from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

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.

Job Responsibilities

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division is seeking an Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process to work on congressional rules, practices, and precedents, particularly those related to the consideration of budget and appropriations legislation on the floor of the House and Senate, as well as organization and procedure of congressional committees and the role of congressional leadership. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of congressional budget and appropriations procedures.

The candidate should have experience in locating and interpreting factual information; conducting research; preparing objective, descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participating in team research projects and seminars. The analyst is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation on budget and appropriations procedures to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels. Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential.

Applicants earning an advanced degree in public policy, public administration, political science or other related social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

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


Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program. (Library of Congress employees who already possess a graduate degree may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).
  • General education requirements for a GS-11 appointment (see below).

  • GS-11 Grade Level

    Three years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, OR

    A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

    Transcripts (official or unofficial) of all completed graduate courses or a self-prepared course list showing grades and the number of credits received must be attached to your online application. Graduate transcripts/course list are mandatory; undergraduate transcripts are optional.


    The critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:

    GS-11 Grade Level

    KSA #1: Knowledge of Congress and the Legislative Process**

    To provide objective, in-depth public policy analysis and background information on congressional budget and appropriations processes for Members, committees and staff of the U.S. Congress.

    KSA #2: Ability to Assess Alternative Procedural Approaches to Addressing Public Policy Issues**

    To research, analyze and synthesize complex information and evaluate implications of various congressional procedures, including alternatives.

    KSA #3: Ability to Write in a Public Policy Context**

    To write analytical and descriptive reports, memoranda, and other products supported by appropriate background research for Congress.


    Refer to Qualifications section above.

    Additional information

    The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    The appointment tenure for this position is full-time temporary with the expectation of subsequent conversion to permanent; flexible work schedules may be available.

    The position description number for this vacancy announcement is 004746, GS-11.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

    Those Graduate Recruit Program participants who are converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent position, and who have not yet completed the one-year probationary period, which is required of all new Library employees, will be required to do so. Time served in the temporary appointment will not count toward completion of this one-year probationary period requirement.

    CRS staff not placed in a permanent position under the Graduate Recruit Program will return to the position occupied before entering the program or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority. Before applying, other Library of Congress employees should consult their supervisor or service unit management regarding the status of their position should they be selected for the program but not placed in a permanent position.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, men, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Carmen Reese at or (202) 707-6275. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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