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FERC Opens Three New Offices

FERC Opens Three New Offices

FERC Chairman James Hoecker last week announced the start-up of three new offices that were recently created as a result of Commission's on-going restructuring effort.

The new offices include: Office of Strategy and Organizational Management, headed by Acting Director Charles S. Whitmore; Office of Finance, Accounting and Operations, headed by Director Thomas R. Herlihy; and the FERC First! Project Office, with Christie McGue as director and reengineering advisor to Hoecker. The first two offices contain elements of what was formerly the Office of the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer as well as other functions.

Specifically, the strategy office will conduct strategic planning performance assessment, will be responsible for human resources and leadership development, and will carry out the implementation of new initiatives and future management review and planning. The functions of the finance office will encompass budget funding, internal and external accounting policy, financial audits, internal controls, procurements and the operation of facilities. The third office will oversee the phase-in of all FERC First! initiatives and restructuring and ultimately will be disbanded when the process is completed.

"I don't know if they [the new offices] are flying at 100% yet," said Hedley Burrell, a spokesman for the Commission.

Hoecker also has appointed Administrative Law Judge William J. Cowan, who joined FERC in 1997, to serve as Deputy Chief Judge under Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis L. Wagner Jr. Among other things, Cowan will serve as the head of the Office of Administrative Law Judges in the absence of Wagner.

Susan Parker

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