Data Warehouse Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is within the Office of Research and Data.
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ORD is the largest unit in the Commission, with approximately 45 employees. ORD 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 data reports, Quick Facts , and various reports to Congress.

The Data Warehouse Specialist will have a blend of skills related to extracting data from a data warehouse, data wrangling, feature engineering, and data analysis. The incumbent will assist research staff with extracting and/or restructuring data files for analysis, creating descriptive reports, and conducting data analysis. The candidate will develop expertise in the data elements utilized for analysis, how to extract those elements from the data warehouse, and provide analytical support as needed. The incumbent will create descriptive reports (e.g. , district sentencing trend reports) and may assist with policy analysis, congressional research projects, or special data requests from Commissioners, federal judges and probation officers, and other federal agencies.

The incumbent will work with research staff to:
  • Extract analytical files from the Oracle data warehouse.
  • Train ORD staff on data extraction and programming.
  • Assist with feature engineering in the data warehouse.
  • Merge and wrangle data from other federal agencies or from special USSC data collections.
  • Review existing data for errors and clean data.
  • Create automated reports.
  • Create descriptive reports ( e.g. , district sentencing trend reports)
  • Review/verify any data changes/updates to the Commission's Interactive Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics (ISB) public website.
  • Conduct descriptive analyses on defendants sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines, responding to special requests from Commissioners, Congress, the courts, and others, as directed.
  • Assist in the design and development of tables and figures for use in special requests, presentations, and Commission reports.
  • Compile, organize, and document research-related datafiles and assist in the preparation of datafile documentation, statistical tables, and graphic displays and presentations.
  • Analyze quantitative data and contribute to published reports.
  • Learn and implement new technology to enhance ORD capabilities.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is not remote and requires the selected applicant to report, in person, to the agency location.
  • This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to .
  • A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
  • All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one-year probationary period. The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee's appointment, conversion, or rehire.


  • Applicants must have experience working with databases ( e.g. , SQL queries and data warehouse modeling).
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant field ( e.g. , data science, computer science, statistics, etc.).
  • Applicants must have experience with data wrangling and data cleaning.
  • Applicants must have experience in creating descriptive reports and conducting descriptive analysis.
  • Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the grade for which they are applying. For example, to qualify for the GS-13, one year of specialized experience must have been at the GS-12 level or equivalent.

Preference will be given to applicants with the following areas of experience:
  • Experience with Oracle databases.
  • Experience with SAS.
  • Experience with Apex.
  • Experience with criminal justice data.
  • A Master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited university or college.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant field ( e.g. , data science, computer science, statistics, etc.). Preference will be give to applicants who possess a Master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited university or college.

Additional information

The Commission offers limited regular telework (not full-time) to employees in positions deemed eligible by the staff director and who meet the requirements of an approved telework arrangement in which an employee performs official duties at home or at an approved telework center.

The Commission participates in the following federal benefits: The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program; the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program, federal retirement, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and the federal leave program. In addition, the Commission participates in the Judiciary's Flexible Spending Program for dependent care, health care, and commuter reimbursement, and the government-wide Long Term Care Insurance Program, unemployment, and workers' compensation benefits.

The Commission offers a monthly transit subsidy to employees who use mass transit to commute to and from work, subject to the availability of funds. The Commission offers alternative work schedules (AWS), which are fixed work schedules that enable full-time employees to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in less than 10 workdays.

The Commission also offers training opportunities to employees through LinkedIn Learning, and the Judiciary's Online University, which offers academic credit and professional credit programs through web-based learning. These training tools assist Commission employees with taking online courses in a flexible way, by offering training courses in the areas of: staff training and development; credit toward undergraduate degree programs; continuing education and non-credit certificate programs; executive education; contract training; credit credentials courses for continuing professional education and credit for individuals who hold credentials and achieve certifications associated with several globally-recognized sponsored organizations.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. In order to be considered for this position, applicants must address the mandatory and preferred qualifications in the questionnaire on USAjobs as a separate submission from resume and cover letter.

Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Recent job performance evaluation (if available)
  • College transcripts (if available)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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