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Legislative Analyst


The following position will be posted from Monday, March 1, 2021 – Monday, March 22, 2021

NIH-wide Detail Opportunity - Legislative Analyst

This is a full-time, 120-day, detail for an NIH GS-13-GS-14 employee

Series: 601, 301, 343

Office Description/Functional Statement:

NLM is seeking a detailee to work as a legislative analyst with the NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development.  The NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development is responsible for leading NLM's policy development and implementation activities.  In this role, they advise the Director and Deputy Director of scientific, legislative, informatics, health IT, and public policy issues related to NLM's mission; serve as a key advisor to NIH, DHHS, the Administration, and Congress on relevant policy issues; and direct the analysis, monitoring, and provision of technical assistance on relevant legislative matters.  The Assistant Director for Policy Development also establishes NLM, NIH, HHS, and Administration policy statements on issues related to scientific, technical, and medical information, data, and health IT policy; and coordinates with external stakeholders on relevant policy matters.  The Assistant Director for Policy Development is organizationally located within the NLM Office of the Director (

Opportunity Description:

NLM is seeking candidates who are working at the GS-13–GS-14 grade levels and have interest in the advancement of science policy issues relevant to NLM’s mission with a particular focus on monitoring, analyzing, and reporting regarding relevant legislative activities. A successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Policy Development, NLM leadership and colleagues, and NIH colleagues; and execute independently on assigned responsibilities.

As a Legislative Analyst, responsibilities include:  

  • Conducting background research on varied issues to inform legislative and policy development;
  • Monitoring relevant legislation and keeping the Assistant Director for Policy Development appraised;
  • Assisting with developing responses to Congressional inquiries, preparing for Congressional briefings, and developing Congressional testimony;
  • Developing background or briefing materials for NLM leadership and to prepare for meetings and other events and for the NLM Board of Regents (NLM’s Federal Advisory Committee:;
  • Assisting with ongoing legislative activities such as contributing to preparation of NLM’s Congressional Justifications for appropriations (; and
  • Supporting NLM engagement with stakeholders through outreach and presentations, including providing support to the NLM Policy Group, chaired by the Assistant Director for Policy Development.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

Successful candidates for a legislative analyst position should:

  • Have an understanding of legislative processes;
  • Be familiar with the mission and role of NLM;
  • Have strong interpersonal and team-building skills to coordinate across multiple activities, NLM programs, and NIH ICs to facilitate and enhance collaboration efforts;
  • Possess strong project management, communication, and strategic thinking skills that allow the detailee to anticipate and support relevant needs, facilitate collaboration efforts, and promote the success of the NLM policy activities;
  • Have the ability to prioritize multiple work streams, multi-task, and handle multiple responsibilities with competing deadlines;
  • Be able to independently develop memorandums and other means of correspondence; and
  • Be able to create briefing documents and presentations to share with NLM leadership, support the Assistant Director for Policy Development, or present to public stakeholders.
  • Have an understanding of the informatics, data science, and health IT landscape and how it intersects with research and science policy and relevant legislation; and
  • Experience with legislative monitoring services is preferred.


  • Open Date: March 1, 2021
  • Close Date: March 22, 2021
  • Those interested in the position should submit their cover letter, resume, and most recent performance review to  with “NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development Legislative Analyst Detail Opportunity” in the subject line by COB March 22nd, 2021.


Last Reviewed: March 2, 2021