Analyst in Veterans Policy
Posted on Dec 13, 2018 by Library of Congress
The Domestic Social Policy Division of the Congressional Research Service is seeking an Analyst in Veterans Policy. The analyst will cover aspects of veterans benefits, including disability compensation, pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance; as well as burial benefits and the administration of the National Cemetery system. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.
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The Domestic Social Policy Division of the Congressional Research Service is seeking an Analyst in Veterans Policy. The analyst will cover aspects of veterans benefits, including disability compensation, pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance; as well as burial benefits and the administration of the National Cemetery system. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas, especially in issue areas covered by the Income Security Section (Social Security, pensions, retirement security, Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation).
This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and be familiar with veterans benefit eligibility and administration. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.
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:
Preparing analytical reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members and staff on issues of legislative concern within the employee's area of professional knowledge.
Providing congressional staff with factual and analytical information by phone and in person, often in structured situations.
Preparing descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members, and staff on policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.
Locating and organizes factual information, articles, and publications through independent research, including searches of the reference collections and databases of CRS, the Library, or other institutions.
The employee 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.
This position may be eligible for subsequent conversion to a permanent appointment, contingent upon business need, available funding and the selectee's performance. If the position does not become permanent at the end of the 5-year period, CRS employees will be returned to their former position or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority. Other Library of Congress employees should consult their supervisor or service unit management regarding their appointment status should they be selected but not placed in the position permanently.
Supervisory status No
Promotion Potential 15
Job family (Series) 0101 Social Science
Conditions of Employment
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 veterans benefits policy and programs.**
Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques.**
Ability to write on issues related to veterans benefits policy.**
Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.
Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis, consultation and/or oral presentations.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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 Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Although 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 004745.
The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.
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.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.
A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement. 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 Inclusiveness & Compliance at (see application details) (voice or TTY) or email (see application details). 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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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