Analyst in Defense Logistics and Resource Management Policy

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
Full Time

The ideal candidate will have formal education, training, and/or experience conducting research related to defense logistics and resource management policy issues, including budgets for procurement, research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), and Operations and Maintenance (O&M); supply chain management (from commercial or government sources to end user); personal property management; and logistical operations. Examples of sub-issues within this portfolio include materiel readiness, depot maintenance, strategic mobility, defense industrial policy, and U.S. industrial bases. Applicants should have the ability to apply knowledge of the relevant data sources (e.g.,; techniques (including quantitative analytical methods); principles and practice; laws and regulations; theories; current literature concepts; and processes to analysis of public policy issues in defense logistics and resource management policy.

They will demonstrate an understanding of the causal relationships among political, security, and economic dynamics that affect these areas.

Research tasks within the portfolio include analyzing defense logistics and resource management policy in the context of U.S. national security policy, operational and institutional military service requirements, and comparisons with commercial best practices. Examples include: 1) analyzing defense budget/appropriations, 2) evaluating legislative proposals, 3) identifying emerging issues, 4) assessing public and private implications of government programs or regulations, 5) assessing alternative approaches to public policy issues, and 6) evaluating governmental organization and administrative procedures to accomplish program goals.

Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience. Analyst duties include conducting research and preparing authoritative, objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports on issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participating in team research projects and seminars. The analyst is also expected to develop, over time, the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

The analyst will formulate, plan and execute analytical research projects; determine what questions or issues are amendable to inquiry, and identify the kinds of data needed to address the inquiry, potential data sources and their limitations (i.e. integrity, time and cost to obtain). The analyst will evaluate data sets and related information about the data to determine their use as an authoritative source in a research project.

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 more than a century.

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.

Analyst Duties Include:

Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision making.

Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.

Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.

Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.

Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.


Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.


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 U.S. defense logistics and resource management policy **
  • Ability to analyze public policy issues**
  • Ability to write in a public policy context**
  • Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations
  • Ability to lead collaboratively research tasks
  • Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

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. While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 004748.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flextime or compflex work schedule.


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.

Applicants who are referred for interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment .

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

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 this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email . FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference , and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library's Merit Selection Plan , Section X.D. IF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS NOT ATTACHED, VETERANS' PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

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