CRS employs more than 400 policy analysts, attorneys and information professionals across a variety of disciplines in 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 quickly to mobilize flexible groups that 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 and other infrastructure offices oversee long-term goals and provide management and administrative support. Descriptions of these offices appear in the Organizational Structure section of this site.
Last Updated: 11/20/2012