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Grade: 15
* 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-14 level as described below.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described below.


You must have one year of specialized experience which is defined as experience with information control systems, security policies and mitigation measures applicable to physical and cyber security.

* 2.Select all that apply in relation to networked system operations:
  1. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring networked systems. (e.g., LAN design and maintenance)
  2. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring security devices and/or associated security applications.
  3. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring operating systems, servers and applications.
  4. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring various components for nodes and network hardware (e.g., Cisco router).
  5. I have experience implementing and maintaining various system protocols such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, SSH, SFTP, etc.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.How much experience do you have with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System?
  1. I have no experience with this system.
  2. I have heard of the system but do not have experience using the system.
  3. I received training on how to use the system, but have not used it in a work setting.
  4. I have independently used the system in a work setting.
  5. I have trained others how to use the system.
  6. I have supported the operation of this system.


* 4.With which of the following areas do you have experience? (please select all that apply)
  1. Electric utility operations including generation, transmission, distribution, EMS/SCADA, and related critical infrastructure systems operation.
  2. Industrial Control Systems specific to critical operations, (e.g., pipeline operation and control)
  3. Network Security Architecture design for industrial control and/or information technology systems
  4. Cyber Security Regulation
  5. None of the above.


* 5.With which of the following areas do you have experience?
  1. NERC CIP Standards
  2. NIST Special Publications, e.g., SP-800-53, SP 800-82
  3. NIST FIPS
  4. NISTIR 7628
  5. NEI 08-09
  6. IEC Standards, e.g., IEC-61850, IEC-62351
  7. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following infrastructure protection activities have you performed as a regular part of your job?
  1. Establish requirements and make recommendations on infrastructure tools, methods and technologies.
  2. Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems.
  3. Apply information technology security/systems assurance policies, practices and principles in the delivery of all information technology services.
  4. Plan and coordinate an office or department-wide implementation of information technology security defense strategies.
  5. Develop criteria for measuring successes and failures of infrastructure protection activities (metrics).
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select all that apply in relation to electric systems operations:
  1. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring substation LANs.
  2. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring “smart” grid devices and/or associated smart grid applications.
  3. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring RTU’s PLC’s, IED’s and electromechanical components.
  4. I have experience installing, maintaining, and/or configuring various components of an Energy Management System.
  5. I have experience implementing and maintaining various control systems protocols such as SONET, MPLS, DNP3, Modbus, Profibus, etc.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Which types of documents have you written? Select all that apply
  1. Summary Reports.
  2. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  3. Technical reports
  4. Directives / policies / regulations
  5. Option papers / decision memos
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written material:
  1. I have routinely and independently reviewed and edited analytical reports related to industrial control systems and physcial and cyber security issues for accuracy, grammar, organization and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  2. I have routinely and independently prepared analytical reports related to industrial controlsystems and physical and cyber security issues for internal and/or external audiences with little to no supervision.
  3. I have routinely prepared analytical reports related to industrial control systems and physical and cyber security issues for internal and/or external audiences under the supervision of a team lead or supervisor.
  4. I do not have experience preparing analytical reports related to industrial control systems and physical and cyber security issues for inernal and/or external audiences.


* 10.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 provided informal training to others on an individual basis.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting briefings, meetings, and or seminars to present technical data, highly complex issues, technical policies, study results, future directions, and/or resource needs to a variety of audiences (technical and non-technical).
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.In which of the following settings have you orally presented information relating to physical and cyber security? (Select all that apply)
  1. Informal Briefings
  2. Professional/stakeholder conferences
  3. Meetings with Directors
  4. Hearings/depositions
  5. Telephone inquiries
  6. Staff/group/team meetings
  7. Meetings with group manager/supervisor
  8. None of the above


* 13.Which of the following groups have you worked with in a team environment to accomplish a work-related goal. (select all that apply)
  1. Lawyers
  2. Technical Specialists
  3. Industry analysts
  4. Auditors
  5. Engineers in disciplines other than electrical
  6. None of the above


* 14.Choose the responses that describe your experience working on a team.
  1. Facilitating the resolution of disagreements amongst team members within a work group
  2. Identifying and successfully obtaining resources to promote a positive teamwork environment in the workplace
  3. Facilitating the resolution of disagreements amongst team members from different organizations or work units
  4. Facilitating the resolution of issues or disagreements amongst different agencies in the Federal government
  5. None of the above


* 15.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience working as part of a team in a work setting?
  1. I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have worked on a team with peers who each had been designated a distinctly separate role.
  3. I have worked on a team with individuals from different organizations, groups, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  4. I have worked with a team on many occasions with the objective to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, skills, information, support resources, and also sharing responsibility and recognition for the end product or outcomes.
  5. In a leadership capacity, I have created an atmosphere for teamwork, cooperation, and productivity which had positive impact.


* 16.Choose the responses that describe your experience working on a team or as a team leader (select allthat apply):
  1. I have experience leading a multi-disciplinary team on projects or studies.
  2. I have experience as a team leader responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating work tasks.
  3. I have experience as a team leader responsible for setting work priorities and defining critical work paths.
  4. I have experience as a team leader responsible for monitoring performance and implementation of projects and studies to meet goals and objectives related to the organization's mission.
  5. None of the above.


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.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.Are you eligible to receive and maintain a current Top Secret clearance upon appointment?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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