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Grade: 09
* 1.You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for Economist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for an Economist position.
  1. I have a combination of education and professional experience as cited in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.
  3. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in Economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  4. I have not completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, nor have I completed at least 21 semester hours in any combination of Economics, statistics, accounting, or calculus.


* 2.GS-9 You must meet the basic qualifications for the GS-9 grade level. You may meet the basic qualifications for the GS-9 with a combination of education and/or experience. Select the choice which best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I have a Masters or equivalent graduate degree.
  2. I have two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Masters degree.
  3. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience at the next lower level as defined on the vacancy announcement.
  5. I do not meet any of the above statements.


* 3.Applying quantitative methods and techniques for economic analysis:
  1. I have one or more years of current experience applying quantitative methods and techniques for economic analysis.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. I have a Master's Degree in a field of study which involved applying quantitative methods and techniques for economic analysis.
  3. I have a combination of recent experience and education which involved applying quantitative methods and techniques for economic analysis.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.Do you have a combination of current (within the last two years) experience and/or education studying futures, derivatives, or other financial markets, in particular assessing relationships between energy and other financial markets?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have current (within the last two years) experience and/or education applying quantitative methods or techniques of statistical or financial analyses to assess economic or financial issues?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.Do you have current (within the last two years) experience and/or education analyzing economic or financial data and/or using economic or financial models to examine state, national, or international data concerning issues in one or more social, physical and biological science fields?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 7.Select the specific Energy industry area(s) in which you have experience.
  1. Financial Markets and/or Financial Engineering
  2. Energy Markets
  3. Petroleum and/or Natural Gas
  4. Coal, Nuclear, Electricity, and/or Alternate Fuels
  5. None of the above


* 8.Do you have experience and/or education compiling, organizing and analyzing data, identifying significant variables and underlying relationships in energy or commodity futures markets or other financial markets?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 9.Have you developed economic analysis techniques, methods or methodologies that were published in a professional publication?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please identify the professional publication(s) and the date(s) published.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 10.Team Projects: (Check all that apply)
  1. 1. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of course work or academic studies.
  2. I have worked on teams to complete assignments in work positions that I have held.
  3. I have worked on a team project that received special recognition, such as academic publications in a professional, academic or technical journal, or a presentation before academic or technical society.
  4. I have served as the team leader for a project.


* 11.Select all the computer software you use on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. General purpose personal computer software, e.g., Microsoft Office (full suite) or equivalent
  2. Specialized personal computer-based statistical and/or econometric software, e.g., Statistical Analysis System (SAS), statistical software packages (SPSS)
  3. Other database software, e.g., Oracle, SQL Server, Access
  4. Internet software such as HTML, Java Serve Pages (JSP), ASP, etc.
  5. Use of structured programming software, e.g., C., C++, Fortran, Visual Basic, Pascal, or equivalent
  6. None of the above


* 12.Select all the modeling, forecasting, and/or analysis techniques and methodologies that you have used.
  1. Statistical Analysis.
  2. Financial Analysis.
  3. Linear Programming.
  4. Nonlinear Programming, i.e., quadratic, integer, or dynamic programming.
  5. PERT, CPM or Network Analysis.
  6. Monte Carlo Methodologies.
  7. Regression Analysis.
  8. Time series Analysis.
  9. Queuing Theory.
  10. Game Theory.
  11. None of the Above.


* 13.Select the techniques you have used or participated in to conduct research, analyses, and survey activities:
  1. Valuation modeling for financial derivatives.
  2. Risk management.
  3. Statistical inference.
  4. Regression analysis.
  5. Imputation.
  6. Survey sampling.
  7. Time series analysis (including Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average models).
  8. Cognitive methods in survey or forms design.
  9. Internet data collection.
  10. Table production software to create data tables.
  11. Sample design.
  12. Data editing.
  13. Quality control and assurance.
  14. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five (5)years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to provide proof to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.How did you find out about this job?
  1. EIA Website
  2. DOE Website
  3. DOE Federal Employee
  4. Electronic Job Boards such as, Monster, Careerbuilder, Craigslist, etc. OR Internet Search Engine such as, Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
  5. USAJOBS.GOV
  6. Newspaper/Magazine
  7. Job Fair
  8. University/College
  9. Professional Association/Society
  10. Professional Conference
  11. Other