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Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement
Oregon Military Department - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.

"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."

The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.

To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.

After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.

Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.

Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.

The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
Arts Impact Receives Highly Competitive U.S. Department of Education Grant (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 10/14/14
Arts Impact, an arts education professional learning program for teachers, just won its 7th highly competitive U.S. Department of Education research grant. The four-year grant, called SAIL: STEM and Arts Infused Learning, offers training in Arts integrated teaching and learning in Common Core State Standards-aligned Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the teachers of two Seattle Public elementary or K-8 schools.

Arts Impact has proven that its model of arts-infused instruction can close the opportunity gap for children at risk. SAIL builds on this important work by targeting Seattle Public Schools with high ethnic diversity, English Language Learners, and students on Free and Reduced Lunch (from low income families). Both local and national research show that students from these populations benefit even more powerfully from arts infused approaches to learning than their more advantaged peers.

SAIL will build teachers' skills in arts infusion - a way to integrate the arts with STEM subjects by teaching shared concepts, like sequence in dance, science, math and computer programming, or character development in theater, writing and video game design. The project will embed technology in all learning materials as well as explore ways to use technology to support innovative, customized learning for both teachers and students.

SAIL will break new ground in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math) instruction by using project-based learning (PBL) as a primary way to engage students in learning. PBL challenges students to solve real-world problems with creative solutions, using ideas and strategies from multiple fields. Questions like, "How could we reduce the carbon footprint of our classroom?" ask children to use mathematical, artistic, and scientific ways of knowing and showing to develop and share their creative ideas. This kind of integrative, innovative thinking builds 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking and perseverance. These skills are key to students' success in school and in life, and are proven pathways to closing the opportunity gap for all children.

More information about Puget Sound Educational Service District, Arts Impact and arts infused learning is available at www.psesd.org.

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BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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Road Map Region Race to the Top Highlights 'Big Wins" in Annual Report
Puget Sound ESD - 10/06/14
The Road Map Region Race to the Top submitted its Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education. One of only two grants awarded at the largest amount ($40 million) and an unprecedented collaboration between seven Seattle and South King county school districts, progress in the region to increase student achievement has been impressive.

"We are very excited by the outstanding progress our districts and community partners have made over the past year," commented PSESD Superintendent John Welch. "We are engaged in an historic, systems changing partnership that holds students at the heart of our decisions in order to ensure the opportunity gap is closed and our young people have a high-quality experience throughout their preschool to post-secondary educational journey."

The Puget Sound Educational Service District serves as the lead agency for the grant, and Superintendent Welch also credited the group's success to a collaborative spirit between superintendents, school boards, teacher association leadership, community groups, and government agencies. He said the significant progress is truly a credit to all involved.

The grant is organized into four main areas of focus: Start Strong, STEM Strong, Stay Strong, and Foundational Elements. Highlights of the consortium's "big wins" include:

Start Strong
* Consortium districts identified one common Kindergarten registration date in 2014 and PSESD led a regional communications campaign with kindergarten registration information translated into 12 languages
* All districts, with community partners, wrote PreK to 3rd Grade Action Plans to align preschool with elementary curricula and professional development
* Schools partnered with community-based organizations on a regional Summer Reading campaign to support all students having individual summer reading plans to combat summer learning loss
* The region increased the number of full-day kindergarten classrooms beyond the state-funded amount
* Six out of seven districts have implemented full-day kindergarten district-wide

STEM Strong
* Districts worked together to create a common, regional definition of algebra readiness aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
* Districts also created implementation plans to use and train teachers and community partners on digital STEM tools, and began to purchase and pilot these tools.
* The Consortium selected two career awareness tools to help students discover career paths aligned to their interests

Stay Strong
* 25,000 students took the SAT, PSAT and ReadiStep assessments for free during the school day, eliminating a significant barrier to college
* 18 College & Career Readiness Assistants, students from the University of Washington's Dream Project, were deployed in middle and high schools to support low-income students' readiness for college
* 83 counselors participated in professional learning opportunities to better advise students for college and careers

Foundational Projects
* A regional Data Portal was built to allow student data to be securely transferred between state and district systems, addressing the high student mobility rate throughout districts in the South King County region
* The Investment Fund for Teaching & Leading distributed more than $5 million for teacher training in personalized, culturally-relevant instructional strategies with a specific focus on math, science and English Language Learner instruction
* Community-school partnerships in White Center and Kent East Hill grew with more than 300 parents graduating from the Kent Parent Academy for Student Achievement and parent facilitators implementing Play and Learn kindergarten readiness groups in White Center

To view the complete report, please visit the Road Map Region Race to the Top website.
Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/01/14
PR 19 14
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens

Portland, Ore. - Registration is now open for the nation's largest regional science bowl competition for middle and high school students. Registration is open Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 for the 2015 Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl. The events take place on consecutive weekends this winter at the University of Portland. The middle school competition is set for Jan. 31, and the high school competition kicks off Feb. 7. The event is free and open to teams from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is a fast-paced, quiz-show-style competition that invites middle and high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of science and math in a round-robin, double-elimination tournament, with winners eligible to travel to the national finals in Washington, D.C. The BPA events are the largest in the nation, and include enrichment activities for all participants, including an engineering competition and student video contest.

For details and registration instructions, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.
Registration takes only a few minutes with the online form. To register, teachers need to list contact information, school name and the number of five-student teams they'd like to register.

The boundaries for the BPA Regional Science Bowl differ slightly between middle schools and high schools. Maps with regional boundaries specific to both Oregon and Washington can be found at www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.

Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with each entrant's first team taking priority, followed by second teams and third teams, up to each competition's 64-team limit.

The Bonneville Power Administration provides free programs, presentations and information to K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For more information on BPA's education efforts, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and U.S. Paralympics to host 2014 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 09/30/14
Billy Henry, Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
500 W. 8TH Street, Suite 50
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and U.S. Paralympics to host 2014 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--September 30th, 2014--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2014 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th at the Tyee Educational Complex in SeaTac, WA. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.

"We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games" said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.

"The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics. "Research shows that individuals with physical and visual disabilities who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school, have great access to employment opportunities and have an enhanced quality of life."

The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to participate in Goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), beep baseball, track & field, and tandem cycling. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.

About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

Superintendent Evans Announces Reassignments Including Next OSP Public Information Officer and Area Commander Positions
Oregon State Police - 09/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans announced several reassignments of personnel that will be effective October 1, 2014, for the following positions:

Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)

Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.

Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.

Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.

Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.

McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.

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DEA's Ninth & Final Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DEA Seattle - 09/25/14
New disposal rules in effect next moth provide for convenient, ongoing disposal
opportunities for patients' unwanted pharmaceuticals

Sept 25 - (Seattle, Washington) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners throughout Washington will provide to the public a safe, free and anonymous way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Last April, Washington residents turned in 8.3 tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Currently, there are 83 registered sites throughout the state. Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the "Got Drugs?" banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database that the public can search by zip code, city or county. Additionally, the public can call 1-800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public's enormous response to DEA's eight prior National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Last April Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription drugs. Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them. Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.

The week after DEA's first Take Back Day, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 was enacted. The Act authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods the public and long-term care facilities can use to transfer pharmaceutical controlled substances and other prescription drugs to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. While those regulations were being developed and approved, the DEA sponsored seven more take-back events.

DEA's new disposal regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 9 and can be viewed at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov or at www.regulations.gov. DEA's goal in implementing the Act is to expand the options available to safely and securely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medications on a routine basis. At this time, DEA has no plans to sponsor more nationwide Take-Back Days in order to give authorized collectors the opportunity to provide this valuable service to their communities.

The Final Rule authorizes certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors. All collectors may operate a collection receptacle at their registered location, and collectors with an on-site means of destruction may operate a mail-back program. Retail pharmacies and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy may operate collection receptacles at long-term care facilities. The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539.

Law enforcement continues to have autonomy with respect to how they collect controlled substance prescription drugs from ultimate users, including holding take-back events. Any person or entity--DEA registrant or non-registrant--may partner with law enforcement to conduct take-back events. Patients also may continue to utilize the guidelines for the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any method of patient disposal that was valid prior to these new regulations being implemented continues to be valid.
Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/24/14
PR 18 14
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer

Portland, Ore. - Nancy Mitman has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration in a move that further solidifies the organization's executive leadership. She has served in an acting capacity in that role since July 2013, with oversight of BPA's capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting.

"Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge from many different aspects of the budgeting and financial apparatus of BPA," said Deputy Administrator Greg Delwiche. "She has very ably and capably been serving as our acting chief financial officer for more than a year, and she has clearly demonstrated that she is the right person for the job."

During her tenure as acting chief financial officer, Mitman guided BPA's finance team through a new agreement with Energy Northwest to restructure debt. That restructuring promises to reshape and lower the costs of BPA's overall debt portfolio in ways that could save more than a billion dollars for regional ratepayers over the long term. Additionally, it provides substantial near-term rate benefits and frees up access to capital.

Also under her leadership, BPA conducted the first Capital in Review public process that involved a new, cross-agency capital prioritization and allows interested parties the opportunity to comment on BPA's draft asset strategies and 10-year capital forecasts. BPA also completed the Integrated Program Review for cost structure for the upcoming BP-16 rate case. Other highlights of Mitman's tenure include implementation of a new travel system for employees and affirmation of BPA's strong bond rating by the three rating agencies.

"BPA is well positioned to further address financial strategies and initiatives, including prioritization of investments, allocation of financial resources, management of costs, planning for future revenue and management of liquidity and cash," Mitman said. "It's a privilege to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's enduring prudent approach to fiscal management."

Mitman began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of management and leadership in Finance. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she has served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer. Mitman holds an accounting degree from Montana State University. She lives in St. Helens, Ore., with her husband.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.