While top positions have been filled at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), commissioner vacancies remain at FERC and at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was sworn in on March 2 as Secretary of DOE; Ryan Zinke, who represented Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives, was sworn in on March 1 as Secretary of DOI; and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was sworn in on Feb. 17 as administrator of the EPA, according to statements from those agencies.
According to the NRC website, there are two commissioner vacancies, and current commissioners are Chairman Kristine Svinicki, Commissioner Jeff Baran, and Commissioner Stephen Burns.
As noted on FERC’s website, there are currently two commissioners at FERC: Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur and Commissioner Colette Honorable.
As TransmissionHub reported, FERC on Feb. 3 said that it has issued an order delegating additional authority to agency staff to continue certain agency operations in the absence of a quorum of commissioners.
Prior to former FERC Chairman Norman Bay’s resignation, which was effective as of Feb. 3, there were already two vacancies at FERC, following the departures of former Commissioners Philip Moeller and Tony Clark. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a quorum for the transaction of business consists of at least three members present.