CRS employs about 450 policy analysts, attorneys and information professionals in a variety of disciplines working in one of five research divisions. The breadth and depth of this expertise – from law, economics and foreign affairs to defense and homeland security, public administration, education, health care, immigration, energy, environmental protection, science and technology – enables CRS to mobilize quickly, working together in flexible groups to provide integrated analyses of complex issues facing the Congress.
In a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, CRS provides Congress with the vital, analytical support it needs to address the most complex public policy issues facing the nation. Its work incorporates program and legislative expertise, quantitative methodologies, and legal and economic analysis.
The research divisions are:
- American Law
- Domestic Social Policy
- Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade
- Government and Finance
- Resources, Science and Industry
The Knowledge Services Group provides research support services to the policy experts in each of the five divisions.
In addition the Office of the Director, which includes the Communications Office, and five infrastructure offices oversee long-term goals and provide management and administrative support. Detailed descriptions of these offices appear in the Organizational Structure section of this site.
Last Updated: 01/26/2012