Special Inquiry Report: Review of Allegations Regarding Prohibited Personnel Practices at the Bonneville Power Administration [open pdf - 592KB]
"The Department of Energy's Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) is a self-funding entity that covers its costs by marketing wholesale electrical power from 31 Federal hydro projects. It is responsible for operating and maintaining about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in the Pacific Northwest. Bonneville's 3,100 employees represent 20 percent of the Department's total Federal workforce. […] The Office of Inspector General received a complaint alleging prohibited personnel practices at Bonneville. The allegations included violations of OPM [U.S. Office of Personnel Management] regulations and the inappropriate dismissal of veterans during their probationary period. The complaint also alleged violations of Department policies regarding the application of veterans' preference and the use of the category rating process in the exercise of Bonneville's delegated examining authority for competitive hiring. Given the seriousness of the complaint, we initiated a special inquiry to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of prohibited personnel practices."
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. DOE/IG-0895
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