Congressional Research Review Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jun 21, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking a senior Congressional Research Review Specialist to work in the CRS Review Office. The Review Office is a four-person unit within the Office of the Director. The Review Office is responsible for the final agency review and approval of all CRS written research products, including reports, confidential memoranda, congressional testimony, and seminars, briefings, and presentations for Members of Congress and congressional committees and staff. Each Review Specialist is responsible for reviewing up to two dozen CRS products daily, often under tight deadlines, in response to congressional demands, and in anticipation of pending issues before Congress.

The Review Specialist is responsible for reviewing, evaluating, and clearing written research products prepared by staff within all six CRS research divisions, These products may involve issues addressing constitutional law and other legal matters; domestic social policy; foreign affairs, defense, and trade; federal government operations and finance; and natural resources management, science, and industry.

The Review Specialist interacts with CRS analysts, legislative attorneys and informational professionals to ensure that CRS products meet the organization’s strict quality and policy standards for authoritativeness, objectivity, accuracy, and nonpartisanship. The Review Specialist provides advice and guidance to CRS research staff on the preparation of written research work, is responsible for explaining review policies to CRS research staff and managers and recommends or introduces edits or other changes to such products often via use of common editing software.

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 a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is accurate, 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.

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.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of several different areas of public policy. **

Ability to review written products and make recommendations. **

Ability to negotiate changes with authors and/or management to remedy deficiencies in reviewed products. **

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to exercise objectivity.

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.

Ability to work effectively in a high pressure environment.

Knowledge of the rules, procedures, organization, and operations of the U.S. government.

Knowledge of research standards and methodologies.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

No additional requirements to those listed above.

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Reviews, evaluates, and clears written products from all CRS divisions, including American Law; Domestic Social Policy; Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade; Government and Finance; Resources, Science, and Industry; and the Knowledge Services Group.

Interacts with authors to ensure that products meet the organization’s quality and policy standards of authoritativeness, objectivity, impartiality, and nonpartisanship.

Provides advice and guidance to CRS research staff on the preparation of written research work.

Participates in the development of CRS review policies.

Responsible for explaining review policies to CRS research staff and managers.

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