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Grade: 13
* 1.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-12 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 experience in planning and developing complex economic analytical studies associated with the regulation of the energy industry or other network industries (i.e. telecom, transportation, etc.).

Grade: All Grades
* 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.I have completed course work in:
  1. Econometrics
  2. Microeconomics
  3. Enviornmental and Resouce Economics
  4. Industrial Organization
  5. Regulatory Economics
  6. Statistics
  7. Operations Research
  8. Energy Economics
  9. Finance
  10. Auction Theory and/or Mechanism Design
  11. The energy industry and or its regulations
  12. None of the above


* 3.Which of the following statement(s) best describe(s) your highest level of experience analyzing and evaluating economic issues regarding regulation of the electric power utility industry:
  1. I have little to no experience analyzing and evaluating economic issues associated with the regulation of the electric power utility industry.
  2. I have experience analyzing and evaluating economic issues regarding the regulation of the electric power utility industry with the guidance of a subject matter expert or supervisor.
  3. I have experience either independently, or serving as a team lead, evaluating novel economic issues or those of a highly complex and sometimes controversial nature in the electric power utility industry.


* 4.Which computer software programs have you used to analyze numerical data?
  1. Excel
  2. Statistical Anlaysis Software (SAS)
  3. Stata
  4. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
  5. Eviews
  6. Matlab
  7. Simulation software (RISK, Crystal Ball, etc.)
  8. None of the above


* 5.Which data-related tasks have you performed?
  1. Exported data from one software package to another (e.g., from Excel to SPSS)
  2. Exported tables from a computer software package
  3. Combined multiple data sets into one large data set
  4. Split one variable into multiple variables
  5. Created a filter to analyze a smaller data set that meets specific criteria
  6. Analyzed large databases (e.g., more than 500 variables and cases)
  7. None of the above


* 6.Which statistical analyses have you performed using a statistical package (Excel, SAS, etc.)?
  1. Descriptive statistics
  2. One sample Z-tests
  3. One sample T-tests
  4. ANOVA
  5. MANOVA
  6. Correlation
  7. Multiple Correlation
  8. Regression
  9. Multiple Regression
  10. Chi-square
  11. None of the above


* 7.In which teams have you participated to achieve work goals?
  1. Small work groups (between 2 and 5 people)
  2. Medium-sized work groups (between 6 and 10 people)
  3. Large work groups (between 11 and 20 people)
  4. Very large work groups (more than 20 people)
  5. None of the above


* 8.What is the longest amount of time that you have worked as part of a team to achieve a goal or complete a project?
  1. Less than one month
  2. One to three months
  3. Three to six months
  4. Six to twelve months
  5. More than one year


* 9.Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience working in a team setting:
  1. I have served as a team leader of a large multi-disciplinary team responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating work tasks to resolve highly complex electric power utility policy issues
  2. I have served as a team leader in the limited capacity of setting work priorities and defining critical work paths in order to resolve electric power utility issues
  3. I have served as a team leader in the limited capacity of monitoring performance and implementation of projects to resolve electric power utility issues
  4. I have served as a team member with some responsibility for monitoring performance and implementation of projects to resolve electric power utility issues
  5. I have worked on a team to resolve electric power utility issues without direct supervision
  6. I have worked on a team to resolve electric power utility issues under direct supervision
  7. None of the above apply to my experience working in teams


* 10.Have you worked in the electric or natural gas industry?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.In reference to the question above, please indicate the time frame and employer(s) in your resume that supports your answer(e.g. 12/10/90 - 2/4/93 Department of Energy). Enter NA if not applicable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Which response best describes your highest level of experience revising policies after an industry regulation or statute changed?
  1. I have no experience performing this task.
  2. I have been trained on how to perform this task, but have not yet done so in a professional setting.
  3. I have worked as part of a team to determine if incentives should be changed.
  4. I have independently recommended that policies be revised after an industry regulation or statute changed.


* 13.Which response best describes your knowledge of and / or experience with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rules, regulations, and policies?
  1. I have little to no knowledge of the Commission's rules, regulations, and policies and refer to subject matter experts for guidance.
  2. I have knowledge of the Commission's rules, regulations, and policies but consult with subject matter experts for a higher level of interpretation and their implications.
  3. I routinely referred to the Commission's rules, regulations, and policies and interpreted them myself.
  4. I routinely helped others interpret the Commission's rules, regulations, and policies.


* 14.Which written documents or sections of written documents do you have experience drafting?
  1. Journal articles
  2. White papers
  3. A book
  4. Internal memos
  5. Technical reports
  6. Summary of internal or external stakeholder meetings
  7. Speeches for external audiences
  8. Policy papers
  9. Commission Orders
  10. None of the above


* 15.Have you been responsible for combining multiple team members´┐Ż sections of a report into the final copy of a written document (e.g., report, policy paper, journal article)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.In reference to the question above, please indicate the time frame and employer(s) in your resume that supports your answer(e.g. 12/10/90 - 2/4/93 Department of Energy). Enter NA if not applicable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 17.For which audiences have you written documents:
  1. Court proceedings
  2. Publication
  3. Distribution to internal stakeholders (e.g., Directors, Senior Management)
  4. Distribution to industry stakeholders
  5. Distribution to team participants
  6. None of the above


* 18.Which errors have you identified?
  1. Incorrect grammar or spelling
  2. Inaccurate or misleading conclusions
  3. Excel formulas that were inaccurate
  4. Incorrect numerical data (consistent use of a wrong number, incorrect decimal placement, etc.)
  5. Inconsistent document / table formatting (footer, borders, shading, etc.)
  6. Missing document / table formatting (footer, borders, shading, etc.)
  7. Missing source information (citations, references, etc.)
  8. None of the above


* 19.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience communicating economic concepts to economists and non-economists in writing:
  1. I have independently prepared written documents to communicate electric power utility related economic information to economists and non-economists
  2. I have prepared written documents to communicate electric power utility related economic information to economists or non-economists with the guidance of a subject matter expert or supervisor
  3. I have independently prepared written documents to communicate economic information to economists or non-economists
  4. I have collaborated with other economists to prepare a written document(s) to communicate economic information to a small audience
  5. I have little or no experience in preparing written documents to communicate economic information to economists or non-economists


* 20.To which audiences have you given oral presentations?
  1. High-level Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) officials
  2. State commission personnel
  3. Public utility personnel
  4. Trade commission personnel
  5. Congressional staff
  6. Members of Congress
  7. Academic students
  8. Professional conferences attendees
  9. None of the above


* 21.What is the largest group of people that you have presented to?
  1. Less than 10 people
  2. Between 10 and 24 people
  3. Between 25 and 49 people
  4. Between 50 and 99 people
  5. Between 100 and 149 people
  6. More than 150 people


* 22.To which audience size do you most frequently present information?
  1. Less than 10 people
  2. Between 10 and 24 people
  3. Between 25 and 49 people
  4. Between 50 and 99 people
  5. Between 100 and 149 people
  6. More than 150 people


* 23.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.
  4. I have presented highly complex technical information to external stakeholders.
  5. None of the above.






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