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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Audit suJJests low morale at Department of (nerJy
The Audits Division ultimate-
ly concluded that the Department
of (nerJy never publici]ed its
decision to lift restrictions
on discountinJ ta[ credits, so few
¿ nance ¿ rms Nnew they could
neJotiate such deals.
Many recipients of enerJy
ta[ credits are Jovernment en-
tities or companies that do not
owe state ta[es, so the state has
allowed them to sell the ta[ cred-
its in order to raise cash. Howev-
er, lawmaNers wanted to ensure
most of the bene¿ t from the ta[
credits went to the enerJy proM-
ect owners, so the /eJislature
passed a law that required the
Department of (nerJy to adopt
price reJulations for the sales.
By HILLARY BORRUD
Capital Bureau
SA/(M ² (mployee mo-
rale is low and turnover is hiJh
at the OreJon Department of
(nerJy, accordinJ to interviews
conducted by auditors at the
Secretary of State¶s Of¿ ce.
The enerJy aJency attracted
public scrutiny in recent months
for its handlinJ of enerJy ta[
incentives. 1ow, the auditors¶
notes released by the Secretary
of State¶s Of¿ ce suJJest the d e-
partment is also struJJlinJ inter-
nally with worNplace problems.
Auditors beJan an investi-
Jation into the Department of
(nerJy¶s handlinJ of renewable
enerJy and ef¿ ciency ta[ credits
in -une, after someone ¿ led an
anonymous complaint throuJh
the Secretary of State’s waste,
fraud and abuse hotline.
The complainant alleJed that
enerJy of¿ cials Jave preferen-
tial treatment to the consultinJ
¿ rm %lue Tree StrateJies, by
allowinJ the ¿ rm to neJotiate
deeper discounts on enerJy ta[
credits than allowed under state
law.
durinJ the - biennium,
5 percent durinJ the -3
biennium and .3 percent from
April 3 to April 4.
Auditors did not reveal the
names of the employees who
made the alleJations. However,
they wrote that an employee in
the enerJy loan proJram said the
human resources manaJer want-
ed to request ³an aJency-wide
performance audit” but would
not request it until she left the
aJency out of fear of retaliation.
The employees told auditors that
staff who raised questions were
“told to mind their own business
and Must do as told,” accordinJ to
the auditor’s notes.
Donna Archambault, who
was the enerJy aJency’s human
resources manaJer until the end
of this weeN, wrote in an email
that the employee’s statement
to auditors that Archambault
wanted to request an audit was
incorrect.
“, have never requested an
aJency-wide performance audit
nor have , ever had any fear of
retaliation either under the cur-
rent or any past Department of
(nerJy director ² for any rea-
High turnover, low
morale
AccordinJ to notes audi-
tors tooN in early AuJust, two
employees at the Department
of (nerJy said the employee
turnover rate at the aJency had
reached as hiJh as 5 percent
and morale has been low durinJ
the last ¿ ve years. Rachel :ray,
a spoNeswoman for the aJency,
said turnover was at 3 percent
ACCUWEATHER ® FORECAST FOR ASTORIA
Astoria 5-Day Forecast
Tonight
A shower early;
otherwise, mostly
cloudy
49°
Tuesday
Oregon Weather
Shown is
tomorrow’s
weather.
Temperatures
are tonight’s
lows and
tomorrow’s
highs
The Dalles
47/69
Astoria
49/64
Portland
50/65
Corvallis
44/64
Eugene
45/66
Pendleton
47/65
Salem
48/65
Albany
45/64
Ontario
48/67
Bend
32/58
Wednesday
Cloudy with a
shower
Breezy with rain
52°
63°
Thursday
Friday
Continued cloudy
with a couple of
showers
67°
54°
53°
Intervals of clouds
and sunshine
69°
54°
Almanac
Sun and Moon
Astoria through Sunday.
Temperatures
High ........................................... 67°
Low ............................................ 55°
Normal high ............................... 68°
Normal low ................................. 50°
Precipitation
Yesterday ................................ 0.00"
Month to date .......................... 1.56"
Normal month to date ............. 0.79"
Year to date ........................... 30.67"
Normal year to date .............. 38.89"
Sunset tonight ..................
Sunrise Tuesday ..............
Moonrise today ................
Moonset today .................
Regional Cities
City
Baker City
Bend
Brookings
Eugene
Ilwaco
Klamath Falls
Medford
Newport
North Bend
Today
Hi Lo W
70 36 c
66 32 c
65 49 c
67 45 c
62 53 sh
71 37 c
75 46 c
61 48 sh
65 48 c
National Cities
City
Atlanta
Boston
Chicago
Denver
Des Moines
Detroit
El Paso
Fairbanks
Honolulu
Indianapolis
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Memphis
Miami
Nashville
New Orleans
New York
Oklahoma City
Philadelphia
St. Louis
Salt Lake City
San Francisco
Seattle
Washington, DC
Hi
78
74
77
91
82
75
94
46
88
77
83
96
82
83
90
79
84
78
89
77
81
82
69
64
77
Today
Lo W
58 s
60 pc
61 s
58 s
67 s
57 s
72 s
35 c
76 pc
53 s
66 s
74
t
70 r
60 s
79 t
54 s
73 s
62 pc
65 pc
58 s
63 s
60 t
58 pc
50 sh
58 s
7:30 p.m.
6:53 a.m.
8:14 a.m.
8:09 p.m.
First
Full
Last
New
Sep 21
Sep 27
Oct 4
Oct 12
City
Olympia
Pendleton
Portland
Roseburg
Salem
Seaside
Spokane
Vancouver
Yakima
Today
Hi Lo W
65 45 sh
68 47 c
67 50 sh
69 48 c
67 48 c
63 53 c
63 45 c
66 49 c
70 38 c
Tues.
Hi Lo W
63 49 c
65 47 c
65 53 c
66 50 c
65 51 c
62 55 c
62 45 sh
64 52 c
68 43 c
Tonight's Sky: The stars Sirius and Procyon
are in the southeast before sunrise. Sirius is the
brightest star in the night sky. Procyon is well to
its upper left.
Source: Jim Todd, OMSI
Tomorrow’s Tides
Astoria / Port Docks
Time
High
3:10 a.m. 7.5 ft.
3:19 p.m. 8.0 ft.
Time
9:16 a.m.
9:44 p.m.
Low
0.6 ft.
0.3 ft.
Tomorrow’s National Weather
Hi
81
80
80
87
85
80
94
47
88
81
85
89
78
86
88
84
82
84
88
83
84
67
68
63
82
Tues.
Lo W
62 s
63 s
58 s
56 pc
67 s
58 s
71 s
37 sh
78 s
57 s
67 s
71 t
67 r
65 pc
79 t
58 s
74
t
64 s
69 s
61 s
63 s
58 t
56 c
51 c
62 s
%oth enerJy employees said
Anthony %ucNley, the chief
¿ nancial of¿ cer at the enerJy
aJency, was a common denomi-
nator for problems at the aJency
and “the way he orJani]es staff
and reportinJ duties would al-
low him to hide anythinJ he
wants,” accordinJ to the audi-
tors’ notes.
,n a written statement, :ray
disputed the alleJation that the
Department of (nerJy would
hide anythinJ.
“:e haven’t shied away
from acNnowledJinJ and tryinJ
to taNe on the many problems
here at ODO(, and , reMect the
suJJestion and believe it’s mis-
Fronts
Cold
Warm
Stationary
Showers
T-Storms
-10s
-0s
0s
10s
20s
30s
40s
50s
60s
70s
80s
90s
100s
110s
Rain
Flurries
Snow
Ice
Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands
are highs for the day. Forecast high/low temperatures are given for selected cities.
Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms,
r-rain, sf-snow fl urries, sn-snow, i-ice.
K lem p Fam ily D en tistry...
W e h elp keep fam ilies sm ilin g!
Clatsop County crews are
brush cuttinJ on Hillcrest
/oop and choppinJ in the
C o m e and see h o w
co m fo rtab le d entistry
can really b e...
because the moment you enter the
state of the art office you are greeted
and treated just like you are a part
of Dr. Klemp’s family. Everyone is
caring and patient and cares
K lem p Fa m ily D en tistry
o ffers a b ro a d ra n ge o f
th era pies a lo n g with a ll
yo u r gen era l d en tistry n eed s.
about your every concern...”
another smiling family
Sept. 9, 2015
HA118/A, ,rene M., 6,
of ClatsNanie, died in Clats-
Nanie. *roul[ Family Mortu-
OREGON
Sunday’s Pick 4:
1 p.m.: -7--6
4 p.m.: -6--
7 p.m.: 8-4-3-8
10 p.m.: 3-4--4
Saturday’s Megabucks:
--7--34-4
(stimated MacNpot .4 mil-
lion.
Saturday’s Powerball: -3-
3-6-3, 3owerball 7
(stimated MacNpot 67 mil-
lion.
Saturday’s Pick 4:
1 p.m.: 5-5-8-8
4 p.m.: 5-6--7
7 p.m.: 8-8-7-6
10 p.m.: -8-7-7
1006 West Marine Drive, Astoria
(503) 468-0116
www.klempfamilydentistry.com
%ucNley, who oversees the
aJency’s ta[ incentive, enerJy
-ewel District this weeN. The
southeast end of Columbia
%each /ane is closed :ednes-
day and Thursday for culvert
installation. A detour will be
set up via Delaura %each /ane
and RidJe Road.
For information, contact
Clatsop County 3ublic :orNs
at --6.
ary is in charJe of the arranJe-
ments.
Sept. 10, 2015
3(T(RSO1, %arbra -o-
anne, 77, of Astoria, died in
Astoria,
HuJhes-Ransom
Mortuary in Astoria is in
charJe of the arranJements.
Friday’s Pick 4:
1 p.m.: -7-7-6
4 p.m.: -5-5-8
7 p.m.: 6--5-7
10 p.m.: 3-4-4-7
4
WASHINGTON
Sunday’s Daily Game: -6-
Sunday’s Keno: ---
4-8--3-33-4-43-47-5-
55-5-6-65-6-7-7-73
Sunday’s Match 4: -3-
4-6
Saturday’s Daily Game:
4-7-4
Saturday’s Hit 5: --6-
7-35
(stimated MacNpot 7,.
Saturday’s Keno: 6--
-6-7--3-5-3-4-5-
53-5-6-67-75-77-78-7-8
Saturday’s Lotto: 3--
7-3-4-46
(stimated MacNpot 4 mil-
lion.
Saturday’s Match 4: -5-
7-4
Friday’s Daily Game: 5--
Friday’s Keno: 4-6--
-6-7---4--3-37-
44-54-56-6-64-66-7-76
Friday’s Match 4: 4-6-
-5
Friday’s Mega Millions:
5--3-5-67, MeJa %all 4
(stimated MacNpot 6 mil-
lion.
Public meetings
MONDAY
Youngs River Lewis &
Clark Water District Board,
p.m., 8.6. +iJhway
%usiness.
Clatsop County Rental
Owners Association, 6 p.m.
Tuarterly meetinJ, :estlaNe
&hinese 5estaurant, 6.
Roosevelt Drive, Seaside.
Members and nonmembers
welcome. &ost, includinJ din-
ner and tip, is .. SpeaN-
ers &hris DuJan and Terry
Turner.
Astoria City Council, 7
p.m., special meetinJ, afford-
able housinJ study, &ity +all,
Duane St.
Seaside City Council, 7
p.m., City Hall Council Cham-
bers, %roadway, Seaside.
TUESDAY
Cannon Beach Public
Works Committee, a.m.,
City Hall, 6 (. *ower St.,
Cannon %each.
Clatsop County Human
Services Advisory Council,
to p.m., ([chanJe
St., Room .
Astoria Historic Land-
marks Commission,
p.m., City Hall, Duane
St.
Port of Astoria Commis-
sion, 6 p.m. reJular meetinJ,
old 3ort of¿ ces, *ateway
Ave., Suite .
Northwest Regional Ed-
ucation Service District
Board, 6 p.m., 1.(.
Ray Circle, Hillsboro.
Shoreline Sanitary Dis-
trict Board, 7 p.m., *earhart
HertiJ Station, 6 :est
/aNe /ane, :arrenton.
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KLEMP F A MILY D ENTISTRY
Increasing accountability
Deaths
W e lo v e new p atients!
“This is truly “family dentistry”
leadinJ to suJJest that we’re
hidinJ issues,” :ray wrote.
“:e’ve been upfront about the
need to improve and rebuild the
aJency, includinJ challenJes
liNe our budJet 5-7 budJet
reÀ ects percent cut, morale
and retention, the performance
of our ta[ credit proJrams, and
our data and reportinJ.”
:ray wrote that it is a “heavy
lift to address these issues, but
we’re worNinJ on them one by
one, and we don’t pretend that
problems that developed over
years can be solved overniJht
... Our director’s e[pectation is
that as an aJency, down to each
and every individual employee
here at ODO(, we taNe account-
ability and responsibility for our
decisions and actions, and we
¿ Jure out ways to constantly
improve.”
Lotteries
Under the Sky
Tues.
Hi Lo W
63 37 c
58 37 c
59 51 c
66 48 c
61 54 sh
58 33 c
67 45 c
59 51 c
64 52 c
Buckley a ‘common
denominator’
The Daily Astorian
Klamath Falls
37/58
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64°
son,” Archambault wrote. “, did
talN with Director .aplan about
a classi¿ cation review of the po-
sitions in the ta[ credit and loan
proJrams and that’s currently on
HR’s ‘to do’ list.”
Columbia %each /ane closed for brush cuttinJ
Burns
36/61
Medford
46/67
EO Media Group
An audit by the Secretary of State’s Office found employee
morale might be a problem at the Department of Energy.
Jrant and loan proJrams, said
there were a couple reasons for
hiJh turnover in the division he
manaJes. Some of the positions
were temporary, such as Mobs re-
lated to federal economic stim-
ulus initiatives, and the /eJisla-
ture’s decision to phase out the
business enerJy ta[ credit meant
the division could function with
fewer employees. %ucNley
wrote in an email that he restruc-
tured the division to increase ac-
countability, by empowerinJ an
accountant to report problems
directly to %ucNley.
“The ¿ rst chanJe had the
enerJy loan proJram accountant
position report directly to me in-
stead of the loan proJram man-
aJer,” %ucNley wrote. “This was
done to increase internal con-
trols and enhance the inteJrity of
the proJram. 3rior to this chanJe
accountinJ transactions were lo-
cali]ed within the proJram. This
resulted in weaN internal con-
trols and a hiJher propensity for
errors and risN e[posure.”
AccordinJ to %ucNley, ac-
countants who worNed in the
division left because of a fore-
casted de¿ cit in the enerJy loan
proJram and “lacN of resourc-
es.”
“:e have actually reduced
the potential for issues to be hid-
den,” %ucNley wrote. He added,
“,t is important to me that staff
Nnow they are empowered to
raise issues when appropriate
and trust that those issues will be
addressed.”
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