Report: BPA hiring put veterans at disadvantage
The Bonneville Power Administration’s hiring practices routinely discriminate against veterans and other applicants, a federal report says.
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — Federal officials have released a report blasting the Bonneville Power Administration for “widespread and pervasive” hiring practices that discriminated against veterans and other applicants.
The report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s inspector general follows a highly critical audit in August of human-resources work at the BPA.
According to the report, the BPA consistently manipulated the rating process for applicants — which resulted in the exclusion of veterans and others from consideration for job selection.
Violations occurred in 117 of 240, or nearly half, of the applications from November 2010 to June 2012.
The inspector general’s investigation comes in response to complaints from whistle-blowers alleging violations at the agency.
The agency’s acting administrator, Elliot Mainzer, said in a written statement that the findings are “deeply troubling” and the agency is “fully committed to addressing the problems.”