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Audit Report: IG-0824

September 29, 2009

Bonneville Power Administration's Acquisition of Transmission-Related Materials and Equipment

Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) is responsible for marketing, selling and transmitting power produced from the Federal Columbia River Power System. Bonneville manages a significant transmission infrastructure, including about 15,000 miles of transmission lines and 300 substations in eight states. To fulfill its mission, Bonneville acquires transmission-related materials and equipment including transformers, circuit breakers, and steel and wood poles. From October 2002 through May 2008, Bonneville made approximately 5,200 transmission-related acquisitions totaling over $162 million. Bonneville acquired these materials through various types of contracts, including fixed price contracts and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts.

Topic: Management and Administration