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* 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 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.


Specialized experience is defined as supervisory experience responsible for staff in the development of performance reviews, analytical reports, memorandum, and presentations, related to complex energy market matters.

* 4.Which of the following best characterizes your knowledge and experience related to data analysis?
  1. I have routinely conceived and quality assured methodological details of statistical and other quantitative analytical methods, overseen teams of junior staff in performing data analysis, and ensured that the results produced by the members of team(s) are timely and well informed.
  2. I have routinely assessed market fundamentals and determined risk and value using commonly accepted analytic (both probabilistic and deterministic) techniques for products in electricity markets.
  3. I have routinely and systematically documented (i) the details of the methodology adopted and the model assumptions, such that my analytical work is transparent and the results could be replicated, and (ii) the caveats associated with interpreting the resulting model results.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Select all responses that best describe your knowledge and experience in performing and leading data analysis.
  1. I have experience as technical lead in independently performing and leading team(s) in performing analysis of complex and controversial electricity market and regulatory issues.
  2. I have trained less experienced technical staff providing technical advice, explanation of complex statistical, economic, accounting or market-related data, and provided assistance in resolving issues identified.
  3. I have developed guidelines for performing systematic verification and quality assurance of the results of statistical or other quantitative modeling results, and have routinely overseen systematic implementation of those quality control and quality assurance procedures.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.I have applied analytical methods for assessing the market value and price impact of changing supply/demand fundamentals in energy markets
  1. True
  2. False


* 7.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.


* 8.Select all responses that best describe your knowledge of and/or experience related to physical and financial electricity markets.
  1. I am conversant in the rules of one or more of the ISO/RTOs and understand the structure, rules, and results of its routine auctions for energy, capacity and financial transmission rights.
  2. I have investigated and evaluated the market rules and revenues pertinent to electricity transmission, including seams issues between and among ISOs/RTOs, open access tariffs and transmission services' rates and terms and conditions.
  3. I have analyzed different types of electricity financial instruments available in the markets and how they are used in conjunction with the physical electricity markets.
  4. I have systematically investigated the interactions between the electricity and the natural gas markets, analyzed the impacts of changes to market conditions in one market on the other market, and have produced written documents on the findings.
  5. I am interested in issues related to electricity markets, but have not worked on these issues and policies.


* 9.Select all responses that best describe your experience in electricity markets.
  1. I have developed risk management and quantification strategies associated with multiple inter-related physical and financial electricity assets.
  2. I have analyzed the market and financial viability of new and existing generation technologies against alternatives to inform and support investment decisions.
  3. I have developed recommendations to senior decision makers associated with the economics of developing new products and lines of business in the electricity sector.
  4. I have and led teams that developed, negotiated and implemented strategies for the construction and use of assets in electricity markets.
  5. I have analyzed trading books to evaluate their underlying strategies, risks and value.
  6. I am interested in learning about these issues, but have not analyzed these issues.


* 10.Do you have significant work experience managing projects that require a sophisticated understanding of the rules and regulations associated with physical and financial electricity markets?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.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.


* 12.Select all responses that best describe your experience in communicating technical information regarding market fundamentals, trading, risk management and strategic planning in electricity markets.
  1. I have provided formal structured training on electricity markets to junior staff, peers and supervisors providing technical information regarding the operation and behavior of electricity markets.
  2. I have led presentations of technical information regarding market fundamentals, trading, risk management and strategic planning in electric markets for external industry representatives or at professional or technical conferences.
  3. Several times, I have presented on technical issues regarding market fundamentals, trading, risk management and strategic planning and analysis in electricity markets to internal peer group(s).
  4. None of the above.


* 13.Select all statements that describe your experience in preparing written material.
  1. I have routinely written and supervised team(s) writing analytical reports related to the gas, oil pipeline, and electric utilities industries, and/or energy or financial trading for internal audiences (within an organization).
  2. I have routinely written and supervised teams in writing analytical reports related to the gas, oil pipeline, and electric utilities industries and/or energy or financial trading for external audiences (outside of an organization).
  3. I have routinely written briefing material on policies and procedures related to the gas, oil pipeline, and electric utilities industries, and/or energy or financial trading for a broad internal/external audience.
  4. I have routinely prepared issue papers and/or briefings and overseen efforts in preparing such written materials related to the gas, oil pipeline, and electric utilities industries for subject matter groups and or management officials at all levels of an organization.
  5. I have routinely reviewed and edited reports prepared under my supervision related to the gas, oil pipeline, and electric utilities industries and/or energy or financial trading for accuracy, grammar, organization, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.I have prepared regularly scheduled (weekly, biweekly or monthly) written reports and presentations to senior management and other key decision makers to keep them informed of market developments.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.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.


* 16.Have you frequently led teams dealing with matters in electricity markets such as market evaluation, trading strategies, risk management, or investment analysis?
  1. True
  2. False


* 17.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.


* 18.From the list below, indicate each area in which you have expertise supervising teams.
  1. Established goals, created a strategy to achieve goals including due dates and milestones, and achieved or exceeded established goals.
  2. Provided formal supervisory reviews for members of staff pursuant to your management responsibilities.
  3. Directly supervised staff in a management capacity.
  4. None of the above.


* 19.From the following list of management responsibilities, please identify those that reflect your experience motivating, leading and providing structure to complete work projects
  1. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation was essential to the success of a project.
  2. Provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  3. Used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that held opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  4. Diffused confrontational events involving people who were difficult, or distressed.
  5. None of the above.






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