October 31, 2013
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The No. 2 person at the sprawling U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. threw a shockwave through the Northwest last week when he issued a memo tightly controlling the personnel and legal functions of the Bonneville Power Administration. But Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman gets to do that, especially in light of DOE’s findings this year that BPA had gone out of its way to contravene federal law and discriminate against military veterans in hiring - and then, perhaps worse, retaliate against those who dared to report it.