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Grade: 12
* 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-11 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 experience in reviewing and analyzing complex policy issues associated with filings and rulemakings for the purpose of identifying emerging issues, the implications of regulatory policies for new technologies and potential changes to policies.

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.Select all responses that describe your working knowledge of the market rules, market operations or regulatory issues for the electricity power or natural gas industry.
  1. I have a working knowledge of the market rules or the market operations for wholesale electric power markets, natural gas markets, ancillary service markets, capacity markets, demand response or retail electricity markets.
  2. I have a working knowledge of the regulatory issues associated with wholesale electric power markets, natural gas market, ancillary service markets, capacity markets, demand response or retail electricity markets.
  3. I have a working knowledge of the market rules of one or more ISO or RTO or a similarly complex energy/electricity or natural gas market outside the United States and understand the stakeholder process, market structure, market rules, products or market results for energy, capacity, or financial transmission rights within that market.
  4. I have no working knowledge of market rules, market operations or regulatory issues associated with any wholesale electric power markets, natural gas market, ancillary service markets, capacity markets, retail electricity markets or demand response market.


* 4.Do you have a working knowledge of major rules, regulations or policies of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a state public utility commission, or a complex regulatory system outside the United States on electric power or natural gas markets or cost of service regulation?
  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 or experience with the functioning of electric power or natural gas markets.
  1. I have analyzed market and/or regulatory issues associated with wholesale electric power markets (e.g., markets for energy, ancillary services, capacity, transmission service, demand response, energy efficiency or variable energy resources), wholesale natural gas markets or retail electricity markets.
  2. I have conducted research on issues associated with wholesale electric power markets (e.g., markets for energy, ancillary services, capacity, transmission service, demand response, energy efficiency or variable energy resources), wholesale natural gas markets or retail electricity markets.
  3. I have examined the impact of national, state or local policy on wholesale electric power markets (e.g., markets for energy, ancillary services, capacity, transmission service, demand response, energy efficiency or variable energy resources), wholesale natural gas markets or retail electricity markets.
  4. I am not familiar with the functioning of wholesale electric power markets, wholesale natural gas markets or retail electricity markets.


* 7.Select all responses that describe your experience working with the electric power or natural gas industry stakeholders or state, federal or international regulators on electric power or natural gas issues.
  1. I have interacted with stakeholders and regulators on policy issues.
  2. I have participated in industry meetings, conferences, technical conferences or outreach efforts.
  3. I have participated in wholesale power markets pricing, buying, selling or managing wholesale electricity products or arranging for transmission service under an Open Access Transmission Tariff.
  4. I have advised stakeholders (i.e., clients, trade associations or employers) on electric power or natural gas policy initiatives.
  5. I have communicated regulatory policies to clients, colleagues or employers.
  6. I have represented industry stakeholders in regulatory proceedings.
  7. I have no experience working with stakeholders or regulators on energy policy issues.


* 8.Select all responses that describe your training and experience in the electric power or natural gas industries.
  1. I have a degree in economics, engineering, public policy, law or other topic related to the regulation of the energy industry.
  2. I have taken one or more specialized training courses related to the electric power or natural gas industry.
  3. I have worked for an electric power or natural gas company.
  4. I have worked for an electric power or natural gas trade association or as a consultant on electric power or natural gas industry issues.
  5. I have worked for a regulatory agency that regulates the electric power or natural gas industries.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Please select all of the following that apply. What types of resources have you used to conduct research or undertake an analysis? This could have been done for undergraduate or graduate-level course work or in a professional setting.
  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


* 10.Select the response that best describes your experience with research or analysis of electric power or natural gas 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.


* 11.Which of the following statements best describes your level of experience analyzing and evaluating electric power or natural gas policy issues and options?
  1. I have little to no experience analyzing or evaluating policy issues or options in the electric power or natural gas industry.
  2. Under the guidance of a supervisor, team leader or subject matter expert, I have assisted with the analysis and evaluation of policy issues and options in the electric power or natural gas industry.
  3. As a member of a team, I have contributed to the analysis and evaluation of policy issues and options in the electric power or natural gas industry.
  4. I have independently, or as a team leader, analyzed or evaluated policy issues and options in the electric power or natural gas industry.


* 12.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 electric power or natural gas industry?
  1. Electric power markets
  2. Electric power transmission
  3. Natural gas transportation
  4. Ancillary services for electric power transmission
  5. Electricity capacity markets
  6. Electric resource adequacy
  7. Cost-based rates
  8. Rate design
  9. Market-based rates
  10. Incentive rates
  11. Demand response
  12. Energy efficiency
  13. Variable energy resources
  14. Generator interconnections
  15. Bilateral markets
  16. Open access transmission tariffs
  17. Transmission planning
  18. Cost allocation
  19. Qualifying facilities/EWGs
  20. System operations
  21. System planning
  22. Utility finance
  23. None of the above.


* 13.Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing a written document related to the energy industry or the regulation of the energy industry.
  1. I wrote 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 wrote 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, and/or tone.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following types of written materials, including sections of those materials, have you prepared, individually or as part of a team? Select all that apply.
  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. Speeches
  10. Journal articles
  11. Regulations or Commission orders
  12. None of the above


* 15.To which of the following audiences or in which of the following settings have you made oral presentations? Select all that apply.
  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


* 16.How have you orally communicated information? Select all that apply.
  1. I have communicated information directly to individuals or as a team leader.
  2. I have communicated information to individuals or groups to persuade, negotiate or defend a position.
  3. I have communicated 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.


* 17.Have you worked on a team of two or more people to produce an oral or written product?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.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.






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