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Grade: All Grades
* 1.I am currently registered or enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited educational institution and will be registered or enrolled for the Summer or Fall 2013 semester .
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Please indicate the grade(s) that you are applying to.
  1. GS-7
  2. GS-9


* 3.Which of the following best characterizes your knowledge and experience related to data analysis?
  1. I have independently performed statistical analysis as part my school course work or my work place job responsibility.
  2. I have cleaned and prepared data set(s) from raw data for performing my statistical analyses as part my school course work or my work place job responsibility.
  3. I have developed and documented programs that process and analyze large data sets.
  4. I have programmed processes that use communications protocols to collect and analyze data from diverse sources.
  5. I have implemented data verification techniques to quality assure the results of my analysis as part my school course work or my work place job responsibility.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Select the response that best describes your ability to review and analyze data and documents on matters related to the energy industry.
  1. I have work experience assisting in the review and analysis of basic data assocated with energy industries.
  2. I have completed education/training that included energy related courses.
  3. I have work experience analyzing data and/or materials of a technical nature.
  4. I have work experience that includes reviewing documents for accuracy and compliance.
  5. None of the above


* 5.Select all responses that describe your knowledge of and/or experience related to analysis of the U.S. Natural Gas markets.
  1. I have analyzed various aspects of the physical fundamentals of natural gas markets, including production, storage and imports of natural gas and availability of natural gas liquids (NGLs)
  2. I have systematically examined the demand for natural gas in various regions of the U.S. and their influence on natural gas market prices
  3. I have analyzed natural gas pipeline tariffs and pipeline operations and their relationship to the natural gas market
  4. I have analyzed the interrelationships between physical natural gas market and the financial natural gas market
  5. I am interested in learning about these issues, but have not analyzed these issues.


* 6.Select all responses that best describe your knowledge of and/or experience related to analysis of the U.S. Electricity markets.
  1. I have analyzed market rules related to multiple product markets (such as energy, capacity or ancillary service markets) in at least one ISO/RTO wholesale electricity market.
  2. I have examined the inter-relationships between different components of the wholesale electricity markets, such as capacity markets, energy markets, and ancillary services markets.
  3. I have examined various revenue sources of market participants in one or more ISO/RTO wholesale electricity markets
  4. I have examined selected aspects of market rules pertinent to electricity transmission within an RTO/ISO and/or between two or more ISOs/RTOs
  5. I have analyzed issues related to traditionally regulated electircity markets outside of RTOs.
  6. I am interested in learning about and working on these issues, but have not analyzed these issues.


* 7.Have you written analytical reports or documents related to the physical natural gas, fuels, and electric utilities industries?
  1. True

        BRANCHED: * 1.If True, briefly summarize (i) your typical and highest level of responsibility in writing, including (i) the types of documents written, (ii) your role in writing these documents, (iii) intended audience, and (iv) the frequency of your contributions to such writings

       Maximum length of 10000 characters.
  2. False


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience and/or training in using database software(e.g. Microsoft Access). (select only one answer)
  1. I have no experience, education, or training in using database software.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in database software but have not yet applied this skill set.
  3. I have used database software to analyze data and draw conclusions.
  4. I have used database software for classroom assignments or as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a professor, supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have used database software as a central or major part of my academic major or job. I have performed it routinely and have trained others in using database software and/or others have consulted me for assistance due to my expertise in the performance of this task.


* 9.Have you developed models or processes using programming languages (C++, Visual Basic, Java) as part of your graduate course work requirement or as part of your work place job responsibility?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Have you used SAS statistical analysis software to analyze data and develop statistical models as part of your graduate course work requirement, or as part of your work place job responsibility?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If Yes, specify the SAS routines that you have used to analyze the data and the types of SAS modeling activities that you have performed.

       Maximum length of 10000 characters.
  2. No


* 11.Select all those responses that best describe your experience in using programming, statistical, computational and mathematical modeling software
  1. Programming in Advanced Excel (i.e., Programming Macros using Visual Basic).
  2. Modeling using a statistical software other than SAS, such as STATA, SPSS, TSP, RATS, and EViews.
  3. Performed at least one analysis using Simulation Software, such as @RISK and Crystal Ball.
  4. Performed at least one analysis using Linear Programming (LP) Models, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Models or Computational non-linear optimization models.
  5. Modeling/programming using a computer programming language C/C++, Java or SQL.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Which types of documents have you written?
  1. Summary reports
  2. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  3. Technical reports
  4. Standard operating procedures
  5. Directives / policies / regulations
  6. Policy guidance
  7. Option papers / decision memos
  8. Journal or newspaper articles
  9. Books or book chapters
  10. Academic / research papers
  11. Performance review feedback (for self or others)
  12. Commission Orders
  13. Commission Opinions
  14. None of the above


* 13.Select the ways in which you have contributed to the production of written products.
  1. I have provided first drafts to others for their review.
  2. I have reviewed and provided general comments to others� drafts.
  3. I have reviewed and provided grammar, spelling, and organization edits to others� drafts.
  4. I have proofed documents specifically for technical accuracy.
  5. I have consolidated reports from others into a final product.
  6. I have been responsible for written products from start to finish.
  7. None of the above.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written material.
  1. I have written reports for academic projects and or classes.
  2. I have written analytical reports for internal audiences (within an organization).
  3. I have written analytical reports for external audiences (outside of an organization).
  4. I have prepared issue papers and or briefings for subject matter groups and or management officials at all levels of an organization.
  5. I have written analytical reports/documents concerning economic issues.
  6. I have written analytical reports/documents concerning energy issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.Select the responses that describe your experience communicating orally.
  1. I have interviewed or questioned others to gather needed information.
  2. I have provided information to others orally to defend my / my team�s position.
  3. I have given brief presentations or updates at meetings (e.g. pre-filing, staff meetings).
  4. I have discussed and explained material that may have been controversial or sensitive.
  5. I have persuaded others based on facts gathered and determinations that I / my team made.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Select the responses that describe your experience related to oral communication.
  1. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to instruct
  2. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to persuade / negotiate
  3. I have conducted formal training sessions on technical topics
  4. I have represented management in meetings / conferences
  5. I have conducted informal training to others on an individual basis
  6. None of the above


* 17.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience communicating technical information orally.
  1. I have presented non-technical information to superiors or co-workers.
  2. I have presented technical information to superiors or co-workers.
  3. I have presented highly complex technical information to superiors or external stakeholders.
  4. None of the above.


* 18.Have you taken a formal training course related to research methods, information collection, or data interpretation?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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