This position is located in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) within the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis (OTRA) of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission). The Commission regulates the utilities and competitive companies that provide natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications services to District of Columbia ratepayers. The mission of the Commission is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and local telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers. OTRA advises the Commissioners on accounting, economic, engineering, and financial issues in formal cases that are before the Commission. OCE helps the Commission to ensure the safety and reliability of natural gas transmission and distribution, electricity distribution, and telecommunications services and is charged with enforcement of the Federal and District governments’ gas safety regulations for transportation of natural gas by pipelines. In addition, OTRA staff monitors electric, natural gas, and local telecommunications markets at the retail and wholesale levels.
The OCE advises the Commissioners on the mission to protect consumers as well as the physical plant, equipment and systems that enable electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications services delivery in the District of Columbia. OCE focuses on field, facility and site inspections, records inspections, construction inspections, operator qualification (OQ) inspections, incident and accident investigations and reporting, compliance monitoring, audits and reporting, compliance enforcement, and prioritization and minimization of hazards and risks associated with the construction operation, and maintenance of electric, natural gas, and telecommunications infrastructure and facilities in the District. The Office administers the gas pipeline safety regulations of the Commission which include, by reference, delegated safety responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Transportation under Chapter 601 of Title 49, United States Code and 49 CFR Parts 190 – 199, Federal (USDOT/PHMSA) Damage Prevention Enforcement Program, and the District One Call (Miss Utility/811) law.
Under the general direction and supervision of the Chief, OCE and Pipeline Safety Program Manager, the Pipeline Safety Engineer conducts inspections and investigations of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines and facilities to determine compliance with and violations of District pipeline safety regulations and federal safety regulations under the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act. The ideal candidate will prepare inspection plans, conduct field/site and records inspections, conduct OQ inspections, conduct incident and accident investigations, prepare inspection and violations reports, and recommend enforcement and corrective actions to enable the gas operator to achieve the goals of maximizing public and system safety. S/he will investigate reports of natural gas leaks and other incidents, prepare reports on the cause(s) and effects of incidents, and collect and analyze technical data and information related to natural gas pipeline construction, operations, and maintenance in order to determine the safety, adequacy, and reliability of such systems and facilities. S/he will schedule and participate in natural gas and electric refereed meter tests, maintain and update natural gas pipeline inspection databases, and participate in the annual USDOT field and office audit of the District’s pipeline safety program and damage prevention enforcement program.
The Commission offers a competitive salary range, a generous travel stipend for public transportation, as well as an attractive benefits package. The Commission's benefits package encompasses a flexible menu of comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance options, as well as a strong set of portable retirement benefits and savings options. The Commission also offers attractive vacation and sick leave time, as well as paid holidays, consistent with District government provisions.
The Commission also seeks to optimize work-life balance through an attractive set of work schedule options, including: Flex time schedules, Teleworking options, and Alternative Work Schedules. As an organization dedicated to professional development and learning, the Commission encourages staff to participate in regulatory and industry association activities, as well as educational and professional training. Tuition reimbursement may also be available. Eligible District government employees may also qualify for the Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP).