District of Columbia / DDS / Legislative & Policy Analyst

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Job Title: Legislative & Policy Analyst CS-0301-13/14
Job ID: 18697
Date Opened: 08/25/2022
Date Closed: 09/24/2022
Possible current annual salary range is GS-13 ($90,799 – $116,991); or GS-14 ($107,316 – $138,251). Years and type of experience will determine the appropriate grade level.

The first screening of applicants will take place within ten (10) business days of the posting of this vacancy announcement. The position is open for 30 days.

If you like to stay busy and immersed in cultural activities, then Washington, DC is the place to be! Museums, restaurants, great climate, green space and job opportunities are among the many positives of living in the Nation’s Capital. Not to mention the residents of the District of Columbia are highly educated and the region has some of the best schools in the country. Each day the District of Columbia continues to be ranked in the top 10 of thriving city indicators where you can live, work and play.

This position is in the Department on Disability Services (DDS), Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI).

The Office of Policy Planning and Innovation (OPPI) is responsible for leading DDS’s efforts related to strategic planning, program and systems development, legislative affairs, policy and regulatory development, development of the Home and Community- Based Services (HCBS) waiver, national data reporting, and research on best and promising practices. OPPI coordinates DDS’s stakeholder relationships to ensure ongoing feedback from the people DDS supports, their families, advocates, and providers.


  • Serves as an advisor to management regarding legislative matters affecting DDS.
  • Maintains knowledge of current and evolving issues and tracks and analyzes Federal and District legislation and other external events with potential impact to DDS. Analyzes legislation to determine the legislation’s meaning, intent, and impact on existing laws affecting DDS. Prepares digests, presentations, summaries and abstracts of findings and recommendations regarding the legislation for management and DDS senior staff. Drafts legislative correspondence and coordinates responses to proposed resolutions and legislation.
  • Performs legislative research on statutes, codes, and regulations and submits assembled information for determination of appropriate actions. Provides expert advice in defining issues regarding proposed or new legislation. Analyzes current legislation and writes, shapes, and recommends improvements to the substance of new laws and regulations.
  • Serves as liaison to the Deputy Mayor’s Office and City Council on legislative matters of interest to DDS. Attends City Council meetings and other legislative meetings; reports findings to management and relevant staff. Prepares outline of answers to questions presented to the agency prior to testimony at DDS Budget and Performance Hearings. Prepares drafts responses to others who make requests for information concerning DDS programs.
  • Works to ensure that DDS policies follow compliance with related laws or regulations and are properly vetted prior to implementation. Provides technical assistance to program staff in preparing policy drafts for consideration. Responsible for maintaining and distributing up-to- date policies. Works with IT department to ensure policies, procedures, and transmittals are up to on the DDS website.
  • Analyzes statutes, codes, regulations, and laws of the District of Columbia and all relevant judicial decisions to make recommendations for revisions and policy development to help ensure compliance with existing legislative requirements.
  • Identifies and analyzes gaps in information flow within DDS and from DDS to the community/its stakeholders; evaluates new options and makes recommendations.
  • Leads meetings of stakeholders including people with intellectual disabilities and their families and encourages them to meaningfully participate and give input into proposed legislative, regulatory, policy or procedure development/ revision.
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to develop regulations, policies, procedures, transmittals and other implementing documents.
  • Researches and advises program staff on national best and promising practices; encourages the introduction/adoption of new best and promising practices into the delivery of existing DDS programs/practices.
  • Develops training materials for professionals and stakeholders regarding new laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Assists with DDS’ efforts to be a national model for Person Centered Thinking/a Person Centered Organization.
  • May represent the DDS in policy forums including the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs (OPLA), the Office of Federal and Regulatory Affairs (FRA), the District Council, and the DC Public Utilities Commission.
  • Acts as Archivist for agency policies, procedures, and transmittals.
  • Assists in development of grants as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant must have one (1) year of Specialized Experience at the next lower grade level. Six (6) years of related work experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities that involve analyzing community problems and influence policy making at the local, state, and/or federal levels.
Specialized experience includes providing advice and analysis for development and implementation of policy and initiatives for people with disabilities.
Evaluating the content of new or modified legislation and regulations for projected impact upon current and future agency programs and resources, and translates basic legislation into organizational program goals, actions, and services for people with disabilities.
Reviewing and conducting in-depth analysis of policies and strategies and identifies issues that impact people with disabilities.
Acts as an advisor for the development, monitoring, coordinating, and implementation of policies.


The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs.

If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

Minimum requirement: Master’s degree in public policy or related area preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Mastery knowledge of analytical ability to assess and evaluate proposed or existing legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, and transmittals to identify legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, and transmittals that are inconsistent with current DDS policies and procedures.
Advanced knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods and a thorough understanding of how regulatory programs are administered to select and apply appropriate program evaluation and measurements techniques in determining the extent of compliance with rules and regulations, which may include evaluating the content of new or modified legislation for projected impact upon DDS’ programs, resources, policies, and procedures.
Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and District laws, recent court decisions, and rules and regulations and best practices in the field that affect DDS to create, modify and/or update DDS internal policies and operating procedures.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with interagency partners, individuals, and groups interested in or affected by programs and legislative changes.
Ability to analyze complex information and the skill to convey such information orally and in writing to others including professionals and people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.
Additional information
Once applications are submitted, applicants will not be able to change their responses to the online questions.

The position for which the individual is applying has been identified and designated as requiring an enhanced suitability screening

If tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check, traffic record check, consumer credit check, and mandatory drug and alcohol test will be conducted (as appropriate); and

The appointee to the position may be offered employment contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory enhanced suitability screening
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide enough evidence in your resume will result in a “not qualified” determination.

Applicants can apply at the District of Columbia’s government employment website at http://careers.dc.gov.

To apply for this job email your details to ksnyder@nasddds.org