If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than the top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked number one in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings.
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FERC’s role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid.
Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy. Join us and help make a difference!
This position is INCLUDED in the bargaining unit.
Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.
This position is located in the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL). As the Commission’s trial staff, OAL seeks to assist entities such as electric utilities, natural gas pipelines and petroleum products pipelines to resolve without litigation disputes regarding rates, terms and condition of service and related issues. Where such resolutions are not possible, OAL develops comprehensive evidentiary records in litigated cases to help assure just and reasonable rates, to promote competitive markets and to obtain other results consistent with the public interest. OAL seeks to settle or litigate cases in a timely, efficient, and equitable manner. The incumbent performs economic analyses on a variety of complex competition and economic efficiency issues and serves as an economic expert witness in cases set for hearing or settlement discussions.
The major duties of an Economist are:
- Prepares analyses on market power, competition, and economic efficiency issues relating to electric utilities, natural gas and oil pipelines or hydroelectric projects.
- Plans and develops economic analysis in litigation cases, including by data requests, written testimony, questioning Intervenors, rebuttal testimony and cross examination.
- Identifies and properly analyzes the key economic issues in each case that is set for hearing or settlement proceedings.
- Testifies as an economic expert witness at Commission formal proceedings on a variety of highly complex and controversial economic issues concerning natural gas and oil, hydroelectric projects and electric utility matters.
- Detects any deviation in recommendations from current regulatory principles and Commission policies. Develops recommendations as to the appropriate disposition. Resolves highly complex regulatory problems and issues.
- Conducts research on a wide variety of economic or antitrust issues related to current or future litigated cases and settlement negotiations. Examples include research to identify and quantify potential competitive or efficiency issues, to develop analytical models regarding complex oligopoly market structure and company behavior, and to clarify, develop, and/or extend the Commission’s understanding about market power analysis, to clarify, develop and/or extend the Commission’s understanding of key competition or market design issues.
- In a non-litigation context, plans, conducts, and coordinates other economic analyses and reports on issues involving complex regulatory policies, public utility standards, principles, and economic theories applicable to the regulation of natural gas and oil pipeline companies, hydroelectric projects and electric utilities.
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.