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* 1.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, SF-50, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. True
  2. False


* 2.Select the option that best reflects how you first became aware of this position.
  1. At a college job fair or professional organizational event
  2. Referral from a professional organization
  3. College placement office
  4. Referral from a state or local agency
  5. OPM 's USAJOBS job board
  6. Internet job board (other than USAJOBS)
  7. Magazine or newspaper advertisement
  8. Referral from another Federal agency or Federal employee
  9. Other


* 3.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described below.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described below.


Specialized Experience is defined as extensive experience working with policy issues associated with complex regulatory, market or operational issues affecting the natural gas or oil pipeline industries. Examples of this would be identifying emerging issues, analyzing and interpreting tariff provisions, or recommending or addressing proposed policy, regulatory, market or operational changes.

* 4.Do you have a working knowledge of major rules, regulations or policies of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.In reference to the question above, please provide a brief statement (maximum length of 250 characters) that supports your answer and identify time frame(s) and employer(s) in your resume (e.g. 12/10/90 - 2/4/93 Department of Energy) that indicates where and when you used this skill or knowledge. Enter NA if not applicable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.Select all responses that describe your knowledge of the market rules, market operations or regulatory issues for natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  1. I have a strong working knowledge of the market rules or the market operations for the natural gas or oil pipeline industries, including regulation of natural gas transportation, including rates for transportation services and storage; issuance of certificates of public convenience and necessity for providing natural gas pipeline service or constructing, operation or abandoning natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; or the regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipeline companies.
  2. I have a strong working knowledge of the complex regulatory issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industries, including regulation of natural gas transportation, including rates for natural gas transportation services and storage; issuance of certificates for providing natural gas pipeline service or constructing, operating or abandoning natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; or the regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipeline companies.
  3. I have applied my industry knowledge and my independent judgment to develop policy positions on complex regulatory, market or operational issues affecting the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  4. I am not familiar with the market rules, market operations or regulatory issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.


* 7.Select all responses that describe your knowledge of or experience with the functioning of natural gas or oil pipeline industries markets.
  1. I have analyzed market and/or regulatory issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industries (e.g., rates for gas transportation services and storage; the issuance of certificates for providing natural gas pipeline service or constructing, operating or abandoning natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; or the regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipeline).
  2. I have conducted research on complex issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industries (e.g., rates for natural gas transportation services and storage; the issuance of certificates for providing natural gas pipeline service or constructing, operating or abandoning natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; or the regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipelines).
  3. I have examined the impact of national, state or local policy on the natural gas or oil pipeline industries (e.g., rates for natural gas transportation services and storage; the issuance of certificates for providing natural gas pipeline service or constructing, operating or abandoning natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; or the regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipeline).
  4. I am not familiar with the functioning of natural gas or oil pipeline industries.


* 8.Select all responses that describe your experience working with natural gas or oil pipeline industry stakeholders or state, federal or international regulators on issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industry or on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues.
  1. I have drafted rulemaking documents such as policy statements, Notices of Inquiry, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking or Final Rules.
  2. I have drafted comments on regulatory documents such as Notices of Inquiry, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking or sought rehearing of Final Rules.
  3. I have participated in industry meetings, conferences, technical conferences or outreach efforts.
  4. I have participated in natural gas or oil markets pricing, buying, selling or managing wholesale products or arranging for transmission service under FERC Tariffs.
  5. I have advised stakeholders (i.e., clients, trade associations or employers) on one or more major policy initiatives that impact the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  6. I have represented industry stakeholders in regulatory proceedings.
  7. I have no experience working with stakeholders or regulators on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues.


* 9.Select all responses that describe your experience working with natural gas or oil pipeline industry stakeholders or state, federal or international regulators on issues associated with the natural gas or oil pipeline industry or on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues.
  1. I have a degree in economics, engineering, public policy, law or other topics related to the regulation of the energy industry.
  2. I have taken one or more advanced training courses related to the electric power industry.
  3. I have worked for a natural gas or oil pipeline company.
  4. I have worked for a natural gas or oil pipeline trade association.
  5. I have worked as a consultant on natural gas or oil pipeline industry issues.
  6. I have worked for an economic regulatory agency that regulates the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  7. I have worked at a think tank or research institution on natural gas or oil pipeline industry issues.
  8. I have worked at a Federal or State governmental agency on natural gas or oil pipeline industry issues.
  9. have worked for a financial institution which funded, capitalized, rated, or invested in natural gas or oil pipeline companies.
  10. None of the above.


* 10.Select all responses that describe your knowledge of or experience with natural gas or oil pipeline industry rate of return regulation and rate case.
  1. I have analyzed rate designs or regulatory issues associated with cost of service ratemaking for utilities involved in the distribution or transmission of natural gas or oil.
  2. I have conducted research on issues associated with cost of service ratemaking and rate of return regulation including return on equity, cost allocation methods, revenue recovery and rate design.
  3. I have examined the impact of national, state or local policies on natural gas or oil pipeline industries and the implications of those policies on cost allocation and rate impacts to public utilities and consumers.
  4. I have a basic understanding of issues associated with cost allocation and regulatory economics.
  5. I am not familiar with concepts associated with cost of service regulation and rate design.


* 11.Which of the following statements best describes your level of experience evaluating the analysis of complex natural gas or oil pipeline issues and options?
  1. I have no experience evaluating an analysis of complex policy issues or options in the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  2. Under the guidance of a supervisor, team leader or subject matter expert, I have evaluated the analysis of policy issues and options in the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  3. As a member of a team, I have contributed to the analysis and evaluation of policy issues and options in the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.
  4. I have independently, or as a team leader, evaluated the analysis of policy issues and options in the natural gas or oil pipeline industries.


* 12.Please select all of the following that apply. In a professional setting, what types of resources have you used to independently conduct research or undertake an analysis on complex natural gas or oil pipeline industry issues or natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues?
  1. Legislation
  2. Regulations or other governmental requirements/guidance
  3. Energy Data
  4. Financial Data
  5. Court Decisions
  6. Academic Materials
  7. Technical or Scientific Materials
  8. Trade Press
  9. State or Federal Commission Orders
  10. None of the above


* 13.Select the response that best describes your experience with planning or conducting research or analysis of complex natural gas or oil markets, regulatory data or issues.
  1. I have independently, or as a team leader, identified the sources of data or key issues for analysis.
  2. As a member of a team, I have contributed to the identification of sources of data or key issues for analysis.
  3. Under the guidance of a supervisor, team leader or subject matter expert, I have collected data or assisted in the analysis of previously identified issues.
  4. I have no experience identifying sources of data or key issues for analysis.


* 14.Please select all of the following that apply: In which of the following areas have you had experience researching, analyzing or making policy recommendations related to the natural gas or oil pipeline industries?
  1. Regulation of natural gas transportation in interstate commerce
  2. Regulation of the rates and practices of oil pipeline companies in interstate transportation
  3. Establishment of service conditions to provide shippers with equal access to natural gas or oil pipeline transportation
  4. Electric gas coordination issues
  5. Regulation of pipeline, storage or LNG facility construction
  6. Issuance of certificates of public convenience and necessity to companies providing energy services or constructing and operating interstate natural gas pipeline and storage facilities
  7. Regulation of natural gas pipeline facility abandonment
  8. Cost-based rates
  9. Rate design
  10. Market-based rates
  11. Incentive rates
  12. Regulation of the transportation of natural gas as authorized by the Natural Gas Policy Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  13. Energy efficiency
  14. Variable energy resources
  15. Wholesale electric power markets
  16. Natural gas or oil pipeline system operations
  17. Natural gas or oil pipeline system planning
  18. Utility finance
  19. None of the above


* 15.Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing a written document related to the natural gas or oil pipeline industries or on natural gas or oil pipeline policies.
  1. I have written a significant research, policy, legal or analytical document independently, such as a major report, dissertation or legal brief, even if it was later revised in review.
  2. I have written a research, policy, legal or analytical document independently, such as a memorandum or short report, even if it was later revised in review.
  3. I was a member of a team that wrote a significant research, policy, legal or analytical document independently, such as a major report, research paper or legal brief, even if it was later revised in review.
  4. I was a member of a team that wrote a research, policy, legal or analytical document independently, such as a memorandum or short report, even if it was later revised in review.
  5. I added additional information to a document written principally by someone else.
  6. I reviewed someone else's written document for factual and/or data accuracy.
  7. I edited someone else's written document for clarity, interpretation, tone.
  8. None of the above.


* 16.Please select all of the following that apply. Which of the following types of written materials, including sections of those materials, have you prepared on the natural gas or oil pipeline industries or on natural gas or oil pipeline policies, individually or as part of a team?
  1. Academic research paper
  2. Master's thesis
  3. Doctoral dissertation
  4. White paper or issues papers
  5. Memorandum
  6. Legal pleadings
  7. Testimony
  8. Technical or non-technical reports
  9. Presentations
  10. Speeches
  11. Journal articles
  12. Regulations or Commission orders
  13. None of the above


* 17.Please select all of the following that apply. To which of the following audiences or in which of the following settings have you made oral presentations about the natural gas or oil pipeline industries or on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues?
  1. Economic regulatory agencies
  2. Business or professional colleagues
  3. Private or non-profit organizations
  4. Government organizations or agencies (including Congressional staff and state or local legislative staffs)
  5. Academic settings
  6. Industry conferences
  7. Supervisors or other members of your own organization
  8. Testified in court or before a legislative body
  9. Company or organization senior management
  10. None of the above


* 18.Please select all of the following that apply. Which of the following types of oral communication have you done on the natural gas or oil pipeline industries or on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues?
  1. I have communicated complex information directly to individuals or as a team leader.
  2. I have communicated complex information to individuals or groups to persuade, negotiate or defend a position.
  3. I have communicated complex information to individuals or groups to present information or instruct them.
  4. I have represented my company or my management in meetings or conferences.
  5. None of the above.


* 19.Have you worked on a team of three or more people to produce an oral or written product on the natural gas or oil pipeline industries or on natural gas or oil pipeline policy issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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