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Pam served as a policy analyst, a manager, and a senior-level executive in the Government and Finance Division at the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

As executive, she was responsible for partnering with the Assistant Director to lead and supervise six Section Research Managers and six senior or division specialists. Division management duties include oversight of the research, policy analysis, and consulting work of nearly 60 analysts and specialists in such policy areas as banking, insurance, macroeconomics, public finance, and the operations and management of the three branches of federal government: executive, judicial, and legislative.



In the Government Finance and Taxation Section of CRS, Pam served as:

- Section Research Manager (2008 to 2009)

- Specialist in Public Finance (2007 to 2008)

- Analyst in Public Sector Economics (2003 to



As a research manager, Pam was responsible for a team of twelve economic analysts. Her work


·        Leading, planning, organizing, and coordinating research projects related to public policy issues in economics; and ensuring public policy problems are appropriately conceptualized and defined;

·        Evaluating the written research and analysis of staff to meet quality standards, and;

·        Providing leadership to research staff including, work flow management, goal setting, mentorship and team leadership, and performance evaluation and other personnel management.


As an analyst and specialist, Pam applied knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles and/or practices of economics and public finance for the purpose of:


·        Routinely consulting with, advising, and briefing Members of Congress and their staff on federal tax policy issues;

·        Monitoring and analyzing policy proposals and legislative developments;

·        Writing, editing, and publishing analytic reports and memoranda on federal policy issues with a focus on housing finance and taxation; education tax policy; and tax-exempt organizations, and;

·        Analyzing and using data, program evaluations, academic literature, and existing policy ideas of others to develop and/or examine policy proposals in the areas of education, housing finance, and taxation.


Pam's CRS Publications include:


Housing Tax Policy

Mortgage Revenue Bonds: Analysis of Current

   Legislative Proposals

Fundamental Tax Reform: Options for the

   Mortgage Interest Deduction

Analysis of the Proposed Tax Exclusion for

   Canceled Mortgage Debt Income

The Exclusion of Capital Gains for Owner-Occupied


The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: A Framework

   for Evaluation

An Introduction to the Design of the Low-Income 

   Housing Tax Credit


Education Tax Policy

An Overview of Tax Benefits for Higher Education 


Higher Education Tax Credits: An Economic Analysis


Other Tax Policy

Charitable Contributions of Food Inventory:

   Proposals for Change

Tax Deductions and Benefits for Special Populations

Proposed Federal Income Tax Exclusion for Civilians

   Serving in Combat Zones

Federal Excise Tax on Tires: Where the Rubber

   Meets the Road

The Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline and the

   Highway Trust Fund: A Short History

Income Tax Relief in Times of Disaster

Federal Excise Taxes Imposed on Alcohol Products