Shake-up at Energy Department power agency in Pacific Northwest

From the report:

Bonneville’s hiring practices appeared to have effectively disadvantaged veterans and other applicants. Such action was inconsistent with concerted efforts by the Federal government to ensure that veterans received appropriate preferential treatment in the hiring process.  Equally concerning and the primary reason for the urgency of the management alert, Bonneville has apparently proposed or recently executed a number of personnel actions against certain employees who have cooperated with our review. These actions have a potentially chilling effect on various aspects of our work and, as such, jeopardize our ability to effectively complete our review of the circumstances surrounding inappropriate Bonneville hiring practices.

The report says that the DOE management quickly took “corrective actions” that were “fully responsive” to the findings.

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The BPA markets wholesale power in the Pacific Northwest from 31 federal hydro-power plants, as well as a non-federal nuclear plant and several non-federal power plants, according to its website.

It provides about a third of the power used in the Northwest, and also operates a large transmission network.