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for Defense Programs
Honorable William Lehman • .
Honorable Lawrence Coughlin .
Honorable Samuel S. Stratton
and Military Nuclear Systems
Honorable Tom Bevill
and Water Development
Honorable James J. Howard
Works and Transportation
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20590
JAN 20 1983
The Honor able Pete V. Domenici
Following our meeting of January 14, I reviewed the supplemental Stipulated Agreement between the State of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on upgrading State highways which may be used for shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP). Although I understand the final decision on construction of the WIPP will not be made until later this year after consultation with the State, I agree that it is appropriate for the . Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin considering this matter now.
The agreement includes the DOE's commitment to work with New Mexico's congressional delegation to seek funding for 205.9 miles of identified highways, estimated to cost $57,886,544.00. (in 1982 dollars) over 4-years. As 1 ädvised you during our meeting, it does not appear the terms of the agreement could be met through existing DOT programs. Therefore, I agree with the DDE_that a special appropriation will have to be pursued.
To that end, I want to assure you of this Department's full support for upgrading this vital system and to let you know the DOT will work closely with you to secure the needed funds. If desirable, the DOT, through its Federal Highway Administration, would be pleased to administer the specially appropriated funds using regular Federal-aid procedures.
While I will be leaving the Department at the end of the month, I will brief incoming Secretary Elizabeth Dole thoroughly on the importance of this funding and am sure she will be working closely with you on it.
SUBCOMMITTEE RECESS · Senator ABDNOR. We're going to adjourn this committee until 2 p.m. tomorrow when the Bonneville Power Administration will be here. Thank you all very much.
[Whereupon, at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, the subcommittee was recessed to reconvene at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.]
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 1984
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT OF PETER T. JOHNSON, ADMINISTRATOR ACCOMPANIED BY:
STEVEN HICKOK, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR CONSERVATION STEPHEN AILSHIE, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR FINANCIAL MAN
AGEMENT Chairman HATFIELD. The hearing will come to order. This afternoon we will receive testimony on the 1985 budget request for the Bonneville Power Administration. As you know, our earlier hearing had been canceled. Rather than requiring all the power marketing administrations to return to Washington, we asked each of them to submit written testimony and to respond to some questions for the record
Without objection, that material will be made part of the hearing record following the testimony of the Bonneville Power Administration.
PREPARED STATEMENT Our principal witness today is Peter T. Johnson, Administrator of Bonneville Power. I extend a warm welcome to you and look forward to your testimony, Mr. Johnson. We will include your full statement in the record and you may proceed to summarize or to highlight your testimony at this time. [The statement follows:)
STATEMENT OF PETER T. JOHNSON
We are pleased to present to you today the fiscal year 1985 budget of the Bonneville Power Administration.
Total program obligations are projected to be about
$2.9 million, and our borrowing requirements are estimated to
be about $300 million. In the documents before you, you will
find a detailed description of items contained in the budget. I'd like to take this opportunity to present to you a broad view of the events and activities behind those numbers.
The 1985 budget reflects what I believe to be a major turning point in the affairs of BPA and the Northwest electric utility industry as a whole. As you know, BPA and its utility customers have been struggling through a very long and severe economic winter. That winter is ending.
We can see signs of renewal in virtually every phase of our operations. Because we have worked hard over the past several years to preserve and strengthen our fiscal integrity, we are
well prepared to take advantage of the new opportunities to
assist in the economic recovery of our region and the nation.
I will briefly discuss the positive trends we currently see,
and identify a couple of major issues rising before us in coming months.
A thaw is clearly evident in the Northwest's economy. Until recently, economic recovery in our service area had been sluggish, and this has affected power sales. But in the first quarter of this fiscal year, our revenue was right on target
with projections. So far in the second quarter, sales are
holding up well and we hope to finish the first half of the year in a very solid fiscal position.
Two years ago, I stated that we would make full repayment of
deferred interest on Treasury_borrowings, plus a sizeable
amortization payment, by the end of fiscal 1985.
sales slowed our progress initially. However, we did not
abandon our repayment goals, and they are reflected in the
rates adopted late last year.
Those rates will carry us into
1985, and early results give us good reason for optimism that we will meet our goals. Again, this is a very positive sign-the most encouraging sign of recovery that I have seen since becoming Administrator.
Another area in which I see positive signs is BPA's internal management. In my previous appearances before you, I stressed the themes of sound business principles, fiscal responsibility, and good planning. Our strategic planning process has produced a concept we call "best value." The best-value concept
challenges managers to conduct their affairs as if a tough
competitor were seeking to capture a greater share of the
Efforts to bring a new computer on line demonstrate the best
value concept. We are developing a comprehensive financial
management information system. Our new IBM 308 ID computer is
enabling us to achieve greater efficiency by_bringing