Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
A staff of approximately 150 employees assist the three commissioners and make the commission run. Major divisions within the commission include: Safety & Consumer Protection; Regulatory Services; Administrative Law; Policy, Public & Legislative Affairs; Knowledge Management; and Administrative Services. The commission supports and encourages teamwork and focuses on skills and training that will enhance our teamwork ability.
The commission is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility commissioners (NARUC). This association membership includes all 50 state utility commissions; the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands; members of the Federal Communications Committee; the Federal Energy Regulatory commission; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and many other government entities.
NARUC is located in Washington, D.C. and is supported by a small staff. Its chief objective is to serve the consumer interest by "seeking to improve the quality and effectiveness of public regulation in America." One of its many functions includes following congressional legislation which may impact our regulatory oversight, as well as arranging numerous training activities and annual meetings open to all its members.
As a member, our commissioners and staff belong to various committee and subcommittees of this Association. For example, depending upon a particular commissioners' interest and time, he/she may be a member of a number of industry-related committees, such as Communications, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, and Finance and Technology, to name a few. These committees address numerous policy and industry-related issues, and typically meet during winter and summer meetings, as well as an annual convention.
Staff subcommittees support the work of the various NARUC Committees. For example, the Committee on Electricity is supported by numerous staff subcommittees, such as the Subcommittee on Nuclear-Issues-Waste Disposal, and the Staff Subcommittee on Electricity. For more information on these subcommittees and other NARUC activities, visit www.naruc.org.
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