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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.


Required specialized experience is defined as significant experience working in the area of industrial control systems and cyber security related to critical energy infrastructure.

2.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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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


* 2.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


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


* 4.In which energy sectors do have you experience related to cyber security?
  1. Electric Power generation, transmission, and distribution
  2. Oil and Natural Gas production, transmission, and distribution
  3. Hydro-electric generation
  4. Nuclear generation
  5. None of the above


* 5.Which response(s) best describes your knowledge of and/or experience with the Electric Energy sector as it relates to cyber security?
  1. I have worked with hydro, fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable utilities to assist with and promote cyber security.
  2. I have worked with generation, transmission, and distribution utilities to promote and provide guidance for cyber security and promote awareness at all management levels.
  3. I have an understanding and technical knowledge of the operation of the Electric sector and am able to convey what the impact will be if a cyber event occurs.
  4. I have worked with technicians and operators to discuss and implement cyber security best practices and solutions.
  5. None of the above


* 6.Which response(s) best describe your knowledge of and/or experience with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center?
  1. I have worked with NERC personnel and am routinely referred to as a subject matter expert of NERC-approved and pending draft standards including CIP standards.
  2. I have a worked with the Electricity Sector-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC) for sharing information, assisting with threat analysis, and providing input for and review of NERC alerts.
  3. I have worked with the private sector, state, and federal governments to understand and interpret the NERC CIP standards.
  4. I have provided assistance to NERC/ES-ISAC personnel for private, local, and federal government workshops and exercises.
  5. None of the above


* 7.Which response(s) best describes your knowledge of and/or experience with the Oil and Natural Gas energy sector as it relates to cyber security?
  1. I regularly interface with private, state, and federal partners to understand the guidelines and cyber security of the oil and natural gas energy sector.
  2. I regularly participate, coordinate, and establish working groups with the oil and natural gas energy sector to better understand and promote cyber security awareness at all management levels.
  3. I have knowledge of the cyber security guidelines that exist for the oil and natural gas energy sector and am routinely referred to as the subject matter expert for interpretation of these guidelines.
  4. I routinely work with the oil and natural gas sector trade organizations and vendors to understand and promote awareness for cyber security.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Which statement best describes your knowledge of and/or experience with critical energy infrastructure protection?
  1. I have in-depth knowledge of industrial control system protection for critical energy sectors.
  2. I have good knowledge of industrial control system protection for critical energy sectors.
  3. I have general knowledge of industrial control system protection for critical energy sectors.
  4. I have little to no knowledge of industrial control system protection for critical energy sectors.


* 9.Which of the following would best describe your experience with cyber security of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for energy as it relates to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB)?
  1. I have worked with, coordinated, and participated in working groups to secure ICS for the Department of Defense.
  2. I have worked with, coordinated, and participated in working groups to secure ICS for the Defense Industrial Base.
  3. I have worked with, coordinated, and participated in working groups in partnership with the Intelligence Community.
  4. I have worked with, coordinated, and participated in working groups in partnership with the Department of Justice.
  5. None of the above


* 10.Which of the following resources have you reviewed as part of your work experience?
  1. FERC orders
  2. Depositions
  3. Reliability standards
  4. Compliance issues
  5. None of the above


* 11.Which of the following have you evaluated as a regular and recurring part of your job?
  1. Mitigation Plans
  2. Operational Studies
  3. Planning studies
  4. Reports written by industry experts related to cyber security
  5. Statements from industry experts
  6. None of the above


* 12.Which actions have you performed as a regular and recurring part of your job?
  1. Leading team meetings, working groups, and technical conferences
  2. Informally mentoring subordinates
  3. Reviewing work completed by subordinates
  4. Review and assess technical information, research, and commercial hardware related to ICS cyber security
  5. Addressing issues of first impression
  6. None of the above


* 13.Which types of documents have you written?
  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.


* 14.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 the energy industry for accuracy, grammar, organization and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  2. I have routinely and independently prepared analytical reports related to the energy industry for internal and/or external audiences with little to no supervision.
  3. I have routinely prepared analytical reports related to the energy industry 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 the energy industry for internal and/or external audiences.


* 15.Select the response that best describes your experience in producing high quality professional papers, book chapters, or industry standards and related written products that receive wide distribution within the electric transmission industry or professional community.
  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.


* 16.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting briefings, meetings, and or seminars to present technical data or concepts, highly complex issues, study results, future directions, industry standards 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.


* 17.Which tasks related to oral communication have you performed in a work setting?
  1. Explained solutions that I developed
  2. Defended solutions that I developed
  3. Discussed policies and practices with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) personnel
  4. Discussed policies and practices with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) personnel
  5. None of the above


* 18.At which management/employment levels have you successfully explained and/or lead discussions of technical cyber security issues?
  1. Corporate and/or government leadership (i.e., CEO, CIO, Undersecretary of DHS)
  2. Senior corporate and/or senior government Leadership (i.e., Vice President Operations, Secretary of DHS)
  3. General level management and/or mid-level government leadership (i.e., Directors, Branch Chiefs, etc…)
  4. Technical staff (i.e., engineers and technicians)
  5. Non-technical staff and legal offices (i.e., Finance, contracts, Office of General Counsel, etc…)
  6. None of the above


* 19.In which of the following settings have you orally presented information relating to the energy industry?
  1. Informal Briefings
  2. Professional/stakeholder conferences
  3. Meetings with Directors
  4. Hearings/depositions
  5. Telephone inquiries
  6. Meetings with Commissioner's Assistants
  7. Staff/group/team meetings
  8. Meetings with group manager/supervisor
  9. None of the above


* 20.Which of the following groups have you worked with in a team environment to accomplish a work-related goal?
  1. Lawyers
  2. IT Specialists
  3. Industry analysts
  4. Auditors
  5. Engineers
  6. None of the above


* 21.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


* 22.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience working as part of a team in a work setting?
  1. I have not had prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have worked on a team with peers, each having been designated a distinctly separate role.
  3. I have worked on a team with inidviduals 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 a positive impact.






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