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Headquarters

Located in Lakewood, Colo., Western's Headquarters serves many diverse customers, ranging from Congress to Native American power customers, special interest groups and Western's regional offices.

The HQ is home base for Western's Administrator, the General Counsel, Economic Impact and Diversity, Public Affairs, and the agency's administrative, operations, financial and information offices.

HQ functions

At Headquarters, we carry out Western’s mission by serving many diverse customers. Both federal and contractor staff serve internal and external customers.

HQ functions and their assigned responsibilities include:

  • Administrator’s Office: Establishes policies and objectives for managing programs related to Western’s mission. Within the Administrator’s Office are:
    • General Counsel: Provides advice to Western management on all legal issues and represents Western in administrative hearings and in federal court.
    • Economic Impact and Diversity: Develops and administers policy and programs related to civil rights, equal employment, affirmative employment and diversity matters.
    • Corporate Liaison: Represents Western on issues at the Department of Energy and other federal agencies and helps formulate Western’s policies and programs.
    • Public Affairs: Directs programs and activities to satisfy the public’s need for information concerning Western.
    • Power Marketing Advising Office: Manages Western’s Power Marketing Support function and provides support to the power marketing community. 
  • Chief Operating Office: Manages the administrative, engineering planning, environment, lands, technical services, safety and security, aviation and design functions, as well as the Electric Power Training Center.
  • Chief Financial Office: Manages Western’s financial activities, including the BIDSS project, budget and analysis, fiscal accounting, systems management, cost accounting and compliance and audit liaison functions.
  • Chief Information Office: Oversees the overall direction of our information technology resources and sets the direction for acquiring new information technology.

Within these functions, we accomplish the “behind-the-scenes” work to ensure we fulfill customer needs. This work includes representing Western in Washington, D.C.; conducting public meetings and developing publications such as the Annual Report; managing finances and Western’s annual budget; focusing on employee safety and system security; designing and maintaining facilities for our power system; supporting renewable resources and environmental protection; providing technical assistance with energy services; and supporting the power marketing community.