Energy names new head of BPA after hiring scandal

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Updated: 1/27/2014 3:21 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department has named a new administrator to run the Bonneville Power Administration after a hiring scandal rocked the federal utility that sells and transmits much of the Northwest's hydroelectric power.

Elliot Mainzer has worked in various management jobs at BPA since 2002 and was named acting administrator last July. His appointment was announced Monday.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement that Mainzer had the experience to lead BPA during "this important time."

The previous administrator, Bill Drummond, was suspended last summer after the inspector general looked into allegations that veterans were not given the proper preference in hiring, and managers retaliated against whistle-blowers. Drummond formally resigned earlier this month.

BPA markets power from 31 federal dams and manages much of the region's power grid.

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