The incumbent, along with the general counsel, shares the responsibility of supervising OGC staff and assists the general counsel in the development and drafting of the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary (and for amendments thereto) for Commission consideration. The incumbent performs a variety of tasks and responsibilities dealing with federal sentencing and the federal sentencing guidelines.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Supervising staff; coordinating and allocating resources; ensuring short and long-term goals and strategies of the office are met; and approving requests for travel, leave, and work schedules.
- Assisting the general counsel in coordinating the legal unit's input into the guideline amendment process, reviewing sentencing case law, reviewing reports of case law summaries and circuit conflicts for use in amendment consideration and training, and identifying sentencing guideline provisions in need of amendment.
- Performing in-depth legal research and analysis of statutes, proposed legislation, sentencing guideline issues relating to all federal offenses, statutory and constitutional issues relating to federal sentencing and sentencing guidelines, substantive sentencing and criminal law issues, administrative law and federal agency practice, personnel, ethical, and administrative matters.
- Writing legal briefs, legal memoranda, and other documents on matters pertinent to the work and administrative functioning of the Commission; and presenting legal research and analysis relating to federal sentencing and sentencing guidelines for use in amendment consideration and on other matters pertinent to the administrative functioning of the Commission.
- Providing legal advice and counsel to Commissioners and staff on issues relating to the sentencing guidelines for both individual and organizational defendants, substantive criminal law issues, administrative law and federal agency practice, and personnel and administrative matters.
- Participating on or leading staff working groups that focus on new legislation, sentencing guideline amendments, and other sentencing issues.
- Responding to inquiries from judges, probation officers, attorneys, congressional staff, and inmates on the application of the federal sentencing guidelines and other sentencing issues.
- Representing the Commission at seminars and other programs on sentencing guideline issues.
- Participating in the recruitment and selection of legal unit staff.
- Performing back-up duties in the absence of the general counsel and other duties as assigned.