Back in July, a preliminary review by the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General revealed hiring violations and possible whistle-blower retaliation at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). This week, Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel P0neman notified BPA staff that acting administrator Elliot Mainzer, along with the BPA human resources director and general counsel, will now report directly to the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington D.C. This is a significant change for BPA, which has enjoyed a fair amount of autonomy in the past, despite being under the auspices of the federal government.
Oregonian reporter Ted Sickinger has been following the BPA hiring scandal as it’s unfolded and will fill us in on the latest developments.
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016