Hiring Practices
6:43 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Hand HR Functions Back To BPA

Desert Southwest Foreman II Electrician Rod Chaffee trains Bonneville Power Administration Electrician Paul VonLindern how to perform a rescue using the new equipment.
Credit Western Area Power / Flickr

The U.S. Department of Energy says the Bonneville Power Administration can be in charge of hiring new employees again. 

Last year the BPA got in trouble with the feds over hiring practices and retaliation against whistleblowers. The Energy Department found the BPA had not given preference that veterans were entitled to during hiring.

The government effectively took over the BPA's human resources department for about a year.

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BPA Management
5:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Administrator Steps Up To Handle BPA Woes

Elliot Mainzer now helms Bonneville Power Administration

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 5:32 pm

The region’s largest power marketer has a new permanent top manager.

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BPA Hiring Scandal
5:56 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Wyden Says He’ll Seek Accountability for Hiring Discrimination at BPA

The Grand Coulee Dam, one of the Bonneville Power Administration’s federal hydro projects.
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says he’s exploring whether executives from the Bonneville Power Administration should be held accountable for a hiring discrimination scandal.

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BPA Hiring Scandal
5:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Fixing Bonneville Power Hiring Mess A 'Monumental' Task

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 5:01 pm

A final inspector general's report released Tuesday condemns the Bonneville Power Administration for discriminating against veterans and other applicants during jobs hires.

Bonneville is this region's biggest wholesale electricity and transmission provider. 

BPA issued a contrite response to the scathing report from the U.S. Energy Department's inspector general.

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BPA Hiring Scandal
3:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Suspended BPA Officer Testifies In Hiring Scandal

Bonneville Power Administration

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:51 pm

The plot thickened Thursday in the hiring scandal that's enveloped the Bonneville Power Administration. One of the two top executives who was suspended last month told her side of story in public for the first time. 

BPA Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker testified reluctantly but voluntarily to the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

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BPA Management
4:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

BPA Shakeup In Wake Of Alleged Hiring Misdeeds

Former BPA head Bill Drummond
Credit Bonnevill Power Administration

There's been a management shakeup at the Bonneville Power Administration. The U.S. Department of Energy replaced BPA's agency head and chief operating officer without explanation. The move came just before the Tuesday morning release of a damaging Inspector General report.

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BPA Exposure
5:38 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Study Challenges BPA Exposure

A new study out of the Pacific Northwest has found people may be exposed to far less of the chemical BPA than previously thought. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, has been linked to genital defects, early onset of puberty and obesity.

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BPA's Effect On Female Reproduction
4:42 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Study Confirms BPA Damages Reproductive Systems

Research in the Northwest is finding new evidence that a chemical used to harden plastics can damage female reproductive systems.

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Wind Power Shutdown
6:34 am
Wed May 2, 2012

BPA Shuts Down Wind Farms and Promises Compensation

Wind farms along the Columbia River were asked to shut down for about 10 hours over the weekend. For the second year in a row, spring rain and snowmelt have led to an oversupply of hydropower on the Columbia River. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Wind Power Record
5:40 am
Thu March 22, 2012

BPA Wind Power Sets New Record

Wind farms like this one in California are a growing part of Northwest energy production.
Photo by James McCauley Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wind farms have generated a record-breaking amount of power this month. As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, the Bonneville Power Administration is hoping to avoid over-generation problems that happened last spring.

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