1+ months

Reliability Compliance Specialist

Western Area Power Administration
Folsom, California 95630
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  • Job Type
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    Full Time


  • $103,388 to $134,402 per year 
  • Potential for annual Performance Cash Award or Time-Off Award, and annual Safety Incentive.


  • The selectee for this position may be eligible for a recruitment or relocation bonus.


Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.


Develops, directs, and oversees Region's NERC/WECC operations and maintenance related compliance programs. Creates, updates, and revises compliance documentation and maintenance plans as required by standards. Oversees document management and version control policies and processes for maintenance test records, and configuration files for critical equipment. Periodically reviews Regional Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) studies and resultant computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) (Maximo) job plans for adequacy in meeting NERC/WECC maintenance and reliability standards. Acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Transient Cyber Assets and Removable Media. Prepares for and represents Region with NERC/WECC audits.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience with implementing and managing a North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) reliability compliance program related to Operations, Maintenance, and Critical Infrastructure and Protection (CIP) activities.


WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Health and Life Insurance

Dental and Vision Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts 

Thrift Savings Plan (401(k) equivalent with up to 5% matching contributions)

Defined-Benefit Pension

Paid Annual Leave that increases with length of service

  • 13 days per year in the first 3 years of service
  • 20 days per year after 3 years of service
  • 26 days per year after 15 years of service

Creditable service for qualifying military service and federal civilian service

13 days of Paid Sick Leave per year

12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

11 Paid Federal Holidays

Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Repayment

Fitness Reimbursement 

Annual Performance-Based Awards Program

Referral Bonus Award Program

Pay and Leave Flexibilities

and so much more!


Executive Order (EO) 14043 requires Federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. At this time, EO 14043 is subject to a preliminary nationwide injunction. Although this injunction may ultimately be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action at this time to implement or enforce EO 14043's requirement that employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, as Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine, the selectee(s) for this position will be required to submit information about his/her vaccination status.


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.


Open to all U.S. Citizens:

Open to Current Federal Employees and those eligible under Special Hiring Authorities:


Posted: 2022-05-17 Expires: 2022-07-16

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