Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Economist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

The position is located in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI), in the Division of Policy Development or the Division of Economic and Technical Analysis. OEPI provides strategic vision and leadership in the development of energy policy associated with electric and natural gas markets subject to the Commission's jurisdiction. This position is INCLUDED in the bargaining unit. More than one selection may be made from this announcement, and the office for that selection may vary. Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

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Responsibilities

Major duties of the position include:

  • Develops or creates new economic analyses, often where little if any literature, economic analyses, or precedents exist, necessary to investigate and evaluate efficiency or market power issues in the industries regulated by the Commission.
  • Applies theory and/or quantitative methods to evaluate the economic efficiency of electricity market rules.
  • Analyzes policy, regulation, legislation, and litigation issues of considerable importance and criticality.
  • Keeps informed of the economic literature regarding the industries regulated by the Commission, as well as the work and viewpoints of organizations and analysts within those industries.
  • Develops policy options consistent with the objectives of the Commission.
  • Leads teams of staff from OEPI and other offices on cases and assignments of considerable difficulty and critical importance.
  • With little or no feedback from OEPI Management, writes and orally presents economic analyses, reports, or testimony that are fundamentally sound, substantively correct, and easy to understand.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from current agency employees in the competitive service only.

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • Must provide most recent SF-50 containing grade/step information
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be received by the closing of this announcement. For this vacancy you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade level. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. most recent SF-50, transcripts, etc) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. FERC employees must submit all the required documentation to include the SF-50 and transcripts (if appropriate).

Qualifications

Candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level.

Specialized experience is defined as: significant experience evaluating electric energy policy options for their effects on incentives, competition, and cost/benefit to stakeholders through the use of appropriate economic analysis techniques.

Education

For all grades, you must also show successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to: A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. OR B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You MUST submit your transcripts along with your application in order to be considered for these positions. For more information on education requirements, please visit: http://www.ferc.gov/careers/qualifications/0110.asp

Additional information

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Skill in evaluating electric energy policy options for effects on incentives, competition and cost/benefit to stakeholders through the use of appropriate economic analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of economics and energy markets.
  • Skill in encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; skill in fostering commitment and team spirit; ability to work with others to achieve goals.
  • Skill in recognizing or using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner; ability to write about technical material both for technical audiences and non-technical audiences, as appropriate.
  • Ability to express information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); skill in making clear and convincing oral presentations; skill in listening to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

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Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible). CURRENT FERC EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".) If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit. (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit any SF-50 which documents the experience with another organization other than FERC). CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility. VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply.

Tips For Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given. * Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement. * Submit all requested documentation; e.g. SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts prior to the close of the announcement.

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Agency contact information
Steven Eskin
Phone

202-502-6164

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

steven.eskin@ferc.gov

Address

FERC 888 First Street, NE Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You can check the status of your application by logging into your My USAJobs account. You may be notified up to four points in the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496867900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/30/2018

Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent