Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of Energy and Residual Department Standards Regulation
The Department of Energy (Department or DOE), with the concurrence of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), published an interim final rule on July 5, 1996, to establish standards of ethical conduct, applicable to employees of the Department, that supplement the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch issued by the Office of Government Ethics, and to revise the Department's residual standards regulation. The rule requires Department employees to document notices of disqualification and withdrawals of such notices in writing. It also requires that Department employees obtain the written approval of their immediate supervisor and the Department's designated agency ethics official or such official's designee prior to engaging in certain outside employment. The Department now discusses comments received in response to the interim final rule, and adopts that rule as final with certain changes to the Department's residual standards previously issued.
Availability of Draft Strategic Plan and Request for Public Comment
This notice announces the availability of the Department of Energy's draft Strategic Plan. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires that Federal agencies update their strategic plans every three years and, in doing so, solicit the views and suggestions of those entities potentially affected by or interested in the plan. Therefore, the Department is interested in receiving comments on our draft Strategic Plan.
Market-Based Rates for Wholesale Sales of Electric Energy, Capacity and Ancillary Services by Public Utilities
On May 19, 2006, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to amend its regulations to revise Subpart H to Part 35 of the Code of Federal Regulations governing market-based rates for public utilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act. 71 FR 33101 (2006). The date for filing reply comments on the proposed rule is extended at the request of the Edison Electric Institute.