1 August 4, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT [E** from] An act to estab~ih a Department of Energy in the executive branch by the reorganimtion of energy functions within the Federal Government in order to secure effectivemanagement to assure a coordinated nationalenergy policy,and for other purposes. (Act of August 4, 1977, Public Law 95-91,91 Stat. 565) [S=. 1 Short titie.]-this act maybe cited as the Department of Energy Organization Act. (91 Stat. 565; 42 U.S.C. $7101 note) TABLEOF CONTENTS Sec. 2. Definitions. TITLE I DECLARATION OF FINDINGS AND PURPOSES Sec Sec Sec Findings. Purposes. Rehtionshlp with States. TITLE II ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Establishment. Principal officers. AssistantSecretaries. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Energy Information Administration. Economic Reguhtory Administration. Comptroller General functions. Office of Inspector General. Office of Energy Research. Leasing Liaison Committee. TITLE III TRANSFERS OF FUNCTIONS Sec Sec Sec Sec sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec General transfers. Transfers from the Department of the Interior. Administrationof leasingtransfers. Transfers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Coordination with the Department of Transportation. Tmnsfer from the Interstate Commerce Commission. Transfers from the Department of the Navy. Transfers from the Department of Commerce. Naval reactor and military applicationprograms. Transfer to the Department of Transportation. TITLE IV FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Appointment and administration. Jurisdiction of the Commission. Initiation of mlemating proceedin~ before Commission. Referral of other nlemakmg proceedings to Commission. Right of Secretary to intervene in Commissionprocedures. Reor&nimtion. Accessto information.
2 August 4, 1977 sec *C sec Sec Sec DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 3049 TITLE V ADMINISTRATIVEPROCEDURESANDJUDICIALREVIEW Procedures. Judicial review. Remedial orders. Requestsfor adjustments. Review and effect. TITLE VI ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS PARTA CONFLICTOFINTERESTPROVISIONS %C. 601 Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Definitions. Divestitureof energy holdings by supervisoryofficials. Disclosureof energy assets. Report on prior employment. Postemploymentprohibhions and reporting requirements. Participation prohibitions. Procedures applicableto reports. Sanctions. PARTB PERSONNELPROVISIONS Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Officers and employees. Senior ~sitions. Experts and consulmnts. Advisory committees. Armed servicespersonnel. PARTC GENSRALADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS Sec See, 642. Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec *C &C &C Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec General authority. Delegation. Reorganimtions. Rules. Subpena. Contracts. Acquisitionand maintenanceof property. Facilitiesconstruction. Use of facilities. Field offices. Copyrights. Gifts md bequests. Capital fund. Seal of Department. Re~onal energy advisory boards. Designationof conservation officers. Annual report. Leasing report. Transfer of funds. Authorization of appropriations. TITLE VII TRANSITIONAL, SAVINGS, AND CONFORMING PROVISIONS Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Transfer and allocationsof appropriationsand personnel. Effect cm personnel. Agency termimtions. Incidenmltransfers. Savingsprovisions.
3 3050 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT August 4, 1977 Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Sec Separability. References. Presidentialauthority. Amendments. Administrativeamendments. Transition. Civil Service Commissionreport. Environmental impact s~tements. TITLE VIII ENERGY PLANNING National enerfl policy plan. Con~essional review. TITLE IX EFFECTIVE DATE AND INTERIM APPOINTMENTS Effective date. Interim appointments. TITLE X SUNSET PROVISIONS Submissionof comprehensivereview. Contents of review. DEFINITIONS =. 2. (a) As used in this Act, unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context, the term the Department means the Department of Energy or any component thereof, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (b) As used in this Act (1) reference to function includes reference to any duty, obligation, power, authority, responsibility, right, privilege, and activity, or the plural thereof, as the case may be; and (2) reference to perform, when used in relation to functions, includes the undertaking, fulfillment, or execution of any duty or obligation; and the exercise of power, authority, rights, and privileges. (c) As used in this Act, Federal lease means an agreement which, for any consideration, including but not limited to, bonuses, rents, or royalties conferred and covenants to be observed, authorizes a person to explore for, or develop, or produce (or to do any or all of these) oil and gas, coal, oil shale, tar sands, and geothermal resources on lands or interests in lands under Federal jurisdiction. (91 Stat. 567; 42 U.S.C. $ 7101) TITLE I DECLARATION OF FINDINGS AND PURPOSES FINDINGS See The Congress of the United States finds that (1) the United States faces an increasing shortage of nonrenewable energy resources; (2) this energy shortage and our increasing dependence on foreign energy supplies present a serious threat to the national security of the United States and to the health, safety and welfare of its citizens; (3) a strong national energy program is needed to meet the present and future energy needs of the Nation consistent with overall national economic, environmental and social goals;
4 August 4, 1977 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 3051 (4) responsibility for energy policy, regulation, and research, development and demonstration is fragmented in many departments and agencies and thus does not allow for the comprehensive, centralized focus necessary for effective coordination of energy supply and conservation programs; and (5) formulation and implementation of a national energy program require tie integration of major Federal energy functions into a single department in the executive branch. (91 Stat. 567; 42 U.S.C. $71 11) PURPOSES Sec The Congress therefore declares that the establishment of a Department of Energy is in the public interest and will promote the general welfare by assuring coordinated and effective administration of Federal energy policy and programs. It is the purpose of this Act (1) to establish a Department of Energy in the executive branch; (2) to achieve, through the Department, effective management of ener~ functions of the Federal Government, including consultation with the heads of other Federal departments and agencies in order to encourage them to esmblish and observe policies consistent with a coordinated energy policy, and to promote maximum possible energy conservation measures in connection with the activities within their respective jurisdictions; (3) to provide for a mechanism through which a coordinated national energy policy can be formulated and implemented to deal with the short-, mid- and long-term energy problems of the Nation; and to develop plans and programs for dealing with domestic energy production and import shortages; (4) to create and implement a comprehensive ener~ conservation strategy that will receive the highest priority in the national energy program; (5) to carry out the planning, coordination, support, and management of a balanced and comprehensive energy research and development pro gram, including (A) assessing the requirements for energy research and development: (B) developing priorities necessary to meet those requirements; (C) undertaking programs for the optimal development of the various forms of energy production, and conservation; and (D) disseminating information resulting from such programs, including disseminating information on the commercial feasibility and use of energy from fossil, nuclear, solar, geothermal, and other energy technologies; (6) to place major emphasis on the development and commercial use of solar, geothermal, recycling and other technologies utilizing renewable energy resources; (7) to continue and improve the effectiveness and objectivity ofa central ener~ data collection and analysis program within the Department;
5 3052 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT August 4, 1977 (8) to facilitate establishment of an effective strate~ for distributing and allocating fuels in periods of short supply and to provide for the administration of a national energy supply reserve; (9) to promote the interests of consumers through the provision of an adequate and reliable supply of energy at the lowest reasonable cost; (10) to establish and implement through the Department, in coordination with the Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Defense, policies regarding international energy issues that have a direct impact on research, development, utilization, supply, and conservation of energy in the United States and to undertake activities involving the integration of domestic and foreign policy relating to energy, including provision of independent technical advice to the President on international negotiations involving energy resources, energy technologies, or nuclear weapons issues, except that the Secretary of State shall continue to exercise primary authority for the conduct of foreign policy relating to energy and nuclear nonproliferation, pursuant to policy guidelines established by the President; (11) to provide for the cooperation of Federal, State, and local governments in the development and implementation of national energy policies and programs; (12) to foster and assure competition among parties engaged in the supply of energy and fuels; (13) to assure incorporation of national environmental protection goals in the formulation and implementation of energy programs, and to advance the goals of restoring, protecting, and enhancing environmental quality, and assuring public health and safety; (14) to assure, to the maximum extent practicable, that the productive capacity of private enterprise shall be utilized in the development and achievement of the policies and purposes of this Act; (15) to provide for, encourage, and assist public participation in the development and enforcement of national energy programs; (16) to create an awareness of, and responsibility for, the fuel and ener~ needs of rural and urban residents as such needs pertain to home heating and cooling, transportation, agricultural production, electrical generation, conservation, and research and development; (17) to foster insofar as possible the continued good health of the Nation s small business firms, public utility districts, municipal utilities, and private cooperatives involved in energy production, transportation, research, development, demonstration, marketing, and merchandising; and (18) to provide for the administration of the functions of the Energy Research and Development Administration related to nuclear weapons and national security which are transferred to the Department by this Act. (91 Stat. 567; 42 U.S.C. $ 7112) NOTES OF OPINION 1. Purpose retary of Energy s Dele~tion Order No. The trifurcated arrangement of the Sec of December 1978 dele~ting rate
6 August 4, 1977 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 3053 development to the local Power Marketing Administration,rate approml andinterimim: plementationto the AssistantSecretary of Energy, and final approval to the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commissiondoes as much as possibleto resolve the command of section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 that there be an independentcheck on ratemakingand the command of the Department of Energy Organization Act that ratemaking be made more efficient through the centmlizationof control in one officer, the Secretary of Energy. United States u. Tex-La Electtic Cooperative, Znc., 693 F.2d 392, (5th Clr. 1982), reversing United States v. Tex-La Electric Cooperative, Znc., 524 F. Supp. 409 (E.D. La. 1981), and United States v. Northeast Texas Electtic Cooperative,Znc., Civil Action No. H (S.D. Tex. 1981). The purpose of the Department of Energy Organi=tion Act is to improve the efficiency of American ener~ production and unite the scattered governmentaldivisionswithresponsiblhtyin the area under the leadershipof a singlenew cabinet-levelofficer, the Secretiry of ~ergy. United States v. Tex-La Electric Cooperative, Znc., 693 F. 2d 392, 402 (5th Clr. 1982). RELATIONSHIP WITH STATES Sec Whenever any proposed action by the Department conflicts with the energy plan of any State, the Department shall give due consideration to the needs of such State, and where practicable, shall attempt to resolve such conflict through consultations with appropriate State officials. Nothing in this Act shall affect the authority of any State over matters exclusively within its jurisdiction. (91 Stat. 569; 42 U.S.C. $ 7113) NOTE OF OPINION 1. Gmpliance witi State law Department of Energy Act to In constructing tie Miles City/New Un- obtain a permit from the State of South Daderwood transmissionline, the Western Area kota. Citizens andla&mers Against the Miles Power Administration is not required by sec- City/Neco Undemood Pwerliw. 683 F. 2nd tion 505 of the Federal Land Policyand Man (8th Cir. 1982), affirming 513 F. Supp. agement Act or by section 103 of the 257 (D.S. Dak. 1981). TITLE II ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHMENT Sec There is hereby established at the seat of government an executive department to be known as the Department of Energy. There shall beat the head of the Department a Secretary of Energy (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the Secretary ), who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Department shall be administered, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, under the supervision and direction of the Secretary. (91 Stat. 569; 42 U.S.C. $ 7131) PRINCIPAL OFFICERS See (a) l-here shall be in the Department a Deputy Secretary, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall be compensated at the rate provided for level II of the Executive Schedule under section 5313 of title 5, United States Code. The Deputy Secretary shall act for and exercise the functions of the Sec-
7 3054 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT August 4, 1977 retary during the absence or disability of the Secretary or in the event the office of Secretary becomes vacant. The Secretary shall designate the order in which the Under Secretary and other officials shall act for and perform the functions of the Secretary during the absence or disability of both the Secretary and Deputy Secretary or in the event of vacancies in both of those offices. (b) There shall be in the Department an Under Secretary and a General Counsel, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall perform such functions and duties as the Secretary shall prescribe. The Under Secretary shall bear primary responsibility for energy conservation. The Under Secretary shall be compensated at the rate provided for level 111of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5, United States Code, and the General Counsel shall be compensated at the rate provided for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code. (91 Stat. 569; 42 U.S.C. $ 7132) ASSISTANT SECRETARIES Sec (a) There shall be in the Department eight Assistant Secretaries, each of whom shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; who shall be compensated at the rate provided for at level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code; and who shall perform, in accordance with applicable law, such of the functions transferred or delegated to, or vested in, the Secretary as he shall prescribe in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The functions which the Secretary shall assign to the Assistant Secretaries include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Energy resource applications, including functions dealing with management of all forms of energy production and utilization, including fuel supply, electric power supply, enriched uranium production, energy technology programs, and the management of energy resource leasing procedures on Federal lands. * * * * * (10) Power marketing functions, including responsibility for marketing and transmission of Federal power. * * * * * (b) At the time the name of any individual is submitted for confirmation to the position of Assistant Secretary, the President shall identify with particularity the function or functions described in subsection (a) (or any portion thereo~ for which such individual will be responsible. (91 Smt. 570; 42 U.S.C. $ 7133)
8 August 4, 1977 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 3055 NOTE OF OPINION 1. m= The legislativehistoryof section203(a) (10) of the Department of Energy Or&ni=tion Act indicatesthat the purpose of listingfunctionswasto assurethat they receive high-level attention in the Department, but there was no intent to restrict other Department of Energy (DOE) officials,other than the assigned AssistantSecretary, from dealing with some ~pects Ofthe listed function. Memomndum of General Counsel Coleman, October 14, 1978, in re proposed delegation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of rate confirmationauthority for DOES power marketing agencies. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Sec There shall be within the Department, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission established by title IV of this Act (hereinafter referred to in this Act as the Commission ). The Chairman shall be compensated at the rate provided for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5, United States Code. The other members of the Commission shall be compensated at the rate provided for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code. The Chairman and members of the Commission shall be individuals who, by demonstrated ability, background, training, or experience, are specially qualified to assess fairly the needs and concerns of all interests affected by Federal energy policy. (91 Stat. 571; 42 U.S.C. $ 7134) * * * * * TITLE III TRANSFERS OF FUNCTIONS GENERAL TRANSFERS see * * * * [Transfer of miscellaneous functions from Federal Power Commission. ]-Except as provided in title IV, there are hereby transferred to, and vested in, the Secretary the function of the Federal Power Commission, or of the members, officers, or components thereof. The Secretary may exercise any power described in section 402(a) (2) to the extent the Secretary determines such power to be necessary to the exercise of any function within hisjurisdiction pursuant to the preceding sentence. (91 Stat. 577; 42 U.S.C. g 7151) NOTM OF OPINIONS Interim rates 1 the Department of Energy Organintion Act Rate approval autiority 2 to placepower rates into effect on an interim Rate-rig, generally 3 basis without confirmation and approval by 1. Inteti rates the Federal Energy Regulatory Commtilon, as successor to the Federal Power Commisthority under sections301(b) and 501(a)(1) The Secretary of Energy is without au- sion, as required by section 5 of the Flood of
9 3056 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT August 4, 1977 Control Act of of Fultm v. United States, 680 F. 2d 115 (Ct. Cl. 1982). [Edhor s note This decisionwastilrmed by the Federal Circuit, 751 F.2d 1255 (1985), but re versedby the Supreme Court sub nom United States v. of Fdton, 475 U.S., 89 L. Ed. 2d 661, 106 S. Ct (1986).] The Federal Power Commission had the power to confirm Bonneville Power Administration rates on an interim basis. The Secretary of Energy inherited these powers through the Department of Energy Organization Act. Montina Power Company v. Edwards,531 F. Supp. 9 (D. Ore. 1981). The powerto determinewheninterimmtes are necessary lies within the discretion of the Secretary of Energy. Pacii Light Co. v. ~ncan, 499 F. Supp. 672, (D. Ore. 1980). Section of the Department of Energy organization Act, through section 402(a)(2) of the Act, authorizesthe Secretary of Energy, in the exerciseof the rate approval authority for the Bonneville Power Administration(BPA) formerly in the Federal Power Commtilon (FPC), to utifim the authority of the FPC under, among others, section 16 of the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. 7170, which authorizes the FPC to perform all acts necessaryto carry out ifi functions.the Supreme Court hasheld that thisincludesthe authority to set rates on an interim basis. Therefore, the of Energy hasauthority to pro mulgate interim rates for BPA. Pacifi L&ht Co. v. Duncan,499 F. Supp. 672, (D. Ore. 1980). 2. Rateapprovalautiofity Section 301 ~) of the Department of Energy Organization Act transfers to the Secretary of Energy the rate confirmation and ap.p~o~l function of the Federd Power Commlsslon under section 5 of the Flood Control Act of United States v. Tin-La Elect&C* operative, Znc., 693 F. 2d 392, (5th Clr. 1982). In plain and unambiguouslanguage, Congress, in section of the Department of Energy Organization Act, granted the rate aqpyonl authority of the Federal Power Cmnmlsslon for the Bonneville Power Administration to the Secretary of Energy, not to the Federal tiergy Reguktory Commission.Paci$ Light Co. v. Duwn, 499 F. Supp. 672, (D. Ore. 1980). Pursuant to section 301~) of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the confirmation and approval authority of the Federal PowerCommissionfor Federal power marketing rates is vested in the Secretary of Energy. Memorandum of General Counsel ~leman, October 14, 1978, in re proposed dele~tion to the Federal Energy Reguhtory Commission of rate cofirrnation authority for the Department of Energy s power marketing agencies. 3. Rate*g, genersdly Despite the imphcation in sections and 501 (a)(l) to the contrary, the unification in the hands of the Secretiry of Energy of the =pa~te functions Of tie secre~~ Of the Interior to prepare rates and of the Federal Power Commission to confirm and approve rates, amends section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 to alter the strict procedural r~ quiremen~ of a b~urcated rate implementation scheme. United States v. Tex-La Electtic Cooperative, Znc., 693 F. 2d 392, 404 (5th Clr. 1982). TRANSFERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Sm [Transfer of power marketing finctions from Interior.] (a) (1) There are hereby transferred to, and vested in, the Secretary all functions of the Secretary of the Interior under section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, and all other functions of the Secretary of the Interior, and officers and components of the Department of the Interior, with respect to (A) the Southeastern Power Administration; (B) the Southwestern Power Administration; (C) the Alaska Power Administration; (D) the Bonneville Power Administration including but not limited to the authority contained in the Bonneville Project Act of 1937 and the Federal Columbia River Transmission System ACC
10 August 4, 1977 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 3057 (E) the power marketing functions of the Bureau of Reclamation, including the construction, operation, and maintenance of transmission lines and attendant facilities; and (F) the transmission and disposition of the electric power and energy generated at Falcon Dam and Amistad Dam, international storage reservoir projects on the Rio Grande, pursuant to the Act ofjune 18, 1954, as amended by the Act of December 23, (2) The Southeastern Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Alaska Power Administration shall be preserved as separate and distinct organizational entities within the Department. Each such entity shall be headed by an Administrator appointed by the Secretary. The functions transferred to the Secretary in paragraphs (I)(A), (l)(b), (l)(c), and (l)(d) shall be exercised by the Secretary, acting by and through such Administrators. fich such Administrator shall main=in his principal office at a place located in the region served by his respective Federal power marketing entity. (3) The functions transfemed in paragraphs (l)(e) and (l)(f) of this sub section shall be exercised by the Secretary, acting by and through a separate and distinct Administration within the Department which shall be headed by an Administrator appointed by the Secretary. The Administrator shall establish and shall maintiin such regional offices as necessary to facilitate the performance of such functions. Neither the transfer of functions effected by paragraph (1)(E) of this subsection nor any changes in cost allocation or project evaluation standards shall be deemed to authorize the reallocation of joint costs of multipurpose facilities theretofore allocated unless and to the extent that such change is hereafter approved by Congress. (91 Stat. 578; 42 U.S.C. $ 7152) * * * * * tipnnatory NOT= References in the Trot. Section 5 of the page Flood Contract Act of 1944 (58 Sbt. 887, Western Area Power Administration. The 890), referred to in subsection (a)(l) of the Western Ares Power Administrationwascr~ text, appears in Volume II at page 800. The ated withinthe Department of Energy in ac- BonnevilleProject Act of 1937 (Act of August cordance with section 302(a)(3). 20, 1937, 50 Stat. 731), referred to in sub Pop~ar Name. The bst sentenceof section section (a)(1)(d) of the text, appears on Vol- 302(a)(3), relating to cost all~tions, issomeume I at page 568. The Act ofjnne 18, 1954 times referred to as the McGovern Amend- (68 Stat. 255), referred to in subsection ment, after Senator George McGovern, who (a)(l)(f) of the text, appeam in Volume II at authored it. Changes in cost ~ocations 1 Power marketing administrations 2 ~tes and chargea 3 Transmission fadities 10 NOT= OF OPINIONS the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program (P- SMBP) in the Flood Control Act of 1944 that the ultimate development concept be used to establishcost allocationsand repaymentob 1. Changes in cost allocations ligationsand Congressre&lrmed that intent It wasthe intent of Congressin authorizing in 1965 by enactingthe Department sinterest
11 3058 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT August 4, 1977 rate recommendation in the form of section Act that Congress intended to preserve the of the Garrison Diversion Unit reauthorization status quo of having sepamte power marketing Act. The current development concept cannot be used for P-SMBP cost allocation and repayment purposeswithout ap proval of Congress because such a change agencies(pmas)under the supervisionof the Secretary of Energy, and did not intend to divest the Secretiry of pohcy level supervisionover the PMAs or diminishthe previously wouldviolateboth the intentof Congresswith existing Secretarial authority to regard to P-SMBP and section 302 of the Energy esmblishpower marketing rates. Memoran- Organi=tion Act of 1977 requiring dum of General Counsel Coleman, October Congressionalapproval of changes in cost allocations 14, 1978, in re proposed delegation to the or project evaluation standards Federal Energy Reguhtory Commission of whichresult in a reallocationof thejoint costs of completed, operational multipurposefacilities. rate confirmation authority for Department of Energy s power marketing agencies. Congressionalapproval of such changes 3. Rates and &arges can validlybe secured through the appropriations process if sufficient care is taken to section 9(c) of the ReclamationProject Act of The grant to the Secretary of Energy, by Klghhght the specific action requested distinctly and discretely, so that Congress as a of Energy Organization Act, of complete 1939 and section 302(a) of the Department whole knowsexacdy what isbefore it and can powerover ratemaklngprovidessufficientauthority to establishrates on an interim basis. act in positive and concrete fashion. Memo randum of Solicitor Coldlron to Secretary, Expficitstatutory authority to setrates on an December 15, 1982, inre Pick-SloanMissouri interim basisis not required. The broad authority of 9(c) to set the terms on the mle of Basin Program; open audit findings. Section 302 requires the approval of Congress before changes can be made in cost al- as one of the terms of the sale of Colorado power also permits the Secretary to require, locations or project evaluation standards River Storage Project power, that interim whichresult in a reallocationof thejoint costs rates be collected, subject to refund with interest. Colorado River Eurg fittibutirs Asso- of completed, opemtional multipurposefacilities. Memorandum of Solicitor Coldiron to titi V. Lti, 516 F. Supp. 926, Secretary, December 15, 1982, in re Plck- (D.D.C. 1981), case dismissedsub. nom. ColoradoRiverEwr~ Disttibutirs Asso&tti v. Ed- Sloan Missouri Basin Program, open audit findings. wrds, 516 F. Supp. 933 (D.D.C. 1981). The legislativehistoryof the Flood Control The establishmentof a confirm and approve power regarding rates of the Western Act of 1944, authorizing the Pick-SloanMi* souri Basin Program (P-SMBP), reflects a Area Power Administration,and rates of the Congressioml intent that an ultimateusetype Abska Power Administmtionfor the Snettishamproject, constitutesan appropriateaction concept be used in the financialreporting of P-SMBP. In addition, section302 of the DOE by the Secretary of Energy to subdividehls Organization Act specifically precludes basic raternaking function in a manner designated to encourage uniformity and objec- changes in cost allocation for Reclamation projects without Congressioml approval. Accordingly, Congressionalapproval would be for all the power marketing administrations. tive decision-snakingregarding rate-making necesmry before the Secretary could change Memorandum of General CounselColeman, the basisfor suballocationsof power costs between commercial power and project use to the Federal Energy Reguhtory Commis- October 14, 1978, in re proposed delegation from ultimate use to current use, as recommendedby ajuly 1978 auditreport prepared partment of Energy s power marketing sionof rate confirmationauthority for the De- by the Department sofficeof Audit and Investigation. Memorandum of AssistantSohc- It is well within the Secretary of Energy s agencies. itor Mauro to Commissioner, October 14, broad discretion under the Department of Energy Organization Act to delegate to the 2. Power markting admisdstrations Mlsmnt Secretary the authority to confirm It isclear from the legislativehistory of the separate and distinct and acting by and througti provisionsof sections302(a) (2) and (3) of the Departmentof Energy Organization and approve rates on an interim basisand to delegateor assignto the Federd Energy Regubtory Commission(FERC) the authority to confirm and approve rates on a final basis.