Federal Energy Administration's Compliance Program in the New England Area

EMD-77-71: Published: Nov 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1977.

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Several compliance cases in the Boston Regional Office of the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) have remained open for periods in excess of one year. As a result, the effectiveness of the compliance program has been limited. Similar problems appear to exist nationwide.

The most significant factor contributing to the delays in case resolution has been the FEA inability to resolve regulatory issues arising because of the complexity of the price regulations. Until the regulations are clarified and written in a manner to eliminate ambiguity, compliance case resolution will continue to be impeded by unresolved regulatory issues. The FEA compliance program cannot be effective until the agency revises its regulations so that they can be enforced.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Department of Energy should: conduct a thorough review of the petroleum allocation and price regulations to determine what sections need revision to eliminate vagueness and ambiquity; place top priority on resolving all outstanding regulatory issues so that compliance cases can be resolved without further delay; and complete efforts to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement in order to improve case processing procedures.

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