After hiring scandal, Washington returns control over personnel decisions to Bonneville Power

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PORTLAND, Oregon — The U.S. Department of Energy says it's restoring control over hiring decisions to the Bonneville Power Administration — authority it took away from the power-marketing agency in the wake of a hiring scandal.

The announcement was made Tuesday, more than a year after the government released findings about hiring practices that disadvantaged veterans and about retaliation against whistleblowers.

Last October, the Department of Energy assumed control of the agency's human resources and legal staffs, including ultimate authority over the agency's hiring process.

Since then, the BPA has reconstructed 1,259 hiring cases involving over 22,000 job applications.

Four veterans have so far filed suit against the agency alleging they're victims of hiring discrimination.

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

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