Suspended BPA officials offered new federal jobs

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PORTLAND — Two top Bonneville Power administrators suspended this summer amid an investigation into hiring practices at the agency have been offered other positions within the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Oregonian reported Thursday that BPA Administrator Bill Drummond and Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker have been offered positions in Washington, D.C.

Drummond had been administrator for only about half a year when the hiring violations came up, and Decker was on loan to another agency during at least part of the period when Bonneville had identified improper hiring practices involving veterans.

Drummond declined to comment Thursday, while Decker could not be reached for comment.

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