April 2, 2014
Smith Named as New Deputy Assistant Administrator
Barbara Smith, a former Liaison Specialist for Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), assumed the duties of Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Power Marketing Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2014. Smith will serve as the primary contact for Southwestern and the Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern), representing both Power Marketing Administrations (PMA) before Congressional staff, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy (DOE), and other Federal and industry organizations.
Smith's extensive Federal power program experience has encompassed responsibilities in budget formulation, short- and long-range planning, legislative and public policy analysis, development of power rate proposals and power marketing plans, and drafting of Congressional testimony.
Raised in Washington State, Smith began her Federal career at the Department of Commerce before accepting a position at DOE as a Liaison Specialist representing Southwestern, Southeastern, and the Alaska PMA. Her duties expanded to include representation of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) when the consolidated Power Marketing Liaison Office was created. She was later assigned as the Liaison Specialist exclusively for Southwestern and Southeastern, and then served in the same capacity for Western. Smith also completed several special assignments, including an assignment to the American Public Power Association.
"Bridging the information gap between D.C. and Southwestern headquarters has always been an important component of the Liaison office," says Smith. "With constant industry changes, increasing budget constraints, and high Congressional turnover, it is vital that decision makers understand who we are and what we do. This will help ensure purposeful and productive policy making and avoid unintended consequences on our program and those we serve."
Smith holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Western Washington University and is a graduate of the Graduate School USA's Executive Leadership Program.