Transferring Certain Dispute Resolution Service Matters to the Commission's Landowner Helpline
The Commission is revising its regulations to reflect an internal reorganization. On June 14, 2013, the Dispute Resolution Service moved from the Commission's Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) to the Commission's Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the resulting new office was named the Office of Administrative Law Judges and Dispute Resolution (OALJDR). On January 11, 2015, the Commission designated a Landowner Helpline function in the OALJDR. The revised regulations substitute the Commission's recently established Landowner Helpline in place of the Commission's Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) as the contact for handling dispute-related calls, emails, and letters, pertaining to the construction and operation of jurisdictional infrastructure projects. This revision does not preclude disputants from utilizing other means to address disputes at the Commission. The transfer of responsibility for dispute-related calls, emails, and letters pertaining to infrastructure projects to the Landowner Helpline reflects an allocation of dedicated resources to serve the public interest.
Coordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission Facilities
The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed amendments are intended to improve the pre-application procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications.