: Jeff Robertson, federal employee
Title: Asset Management Specialist
Location: Fort Peck, Montana
Region: Upper Great Plains
When did you start working with WAPA? I transferred from the Department of the Navy in Indiana to WAPA's Casper, Wyoming, field office in October 1999.
What is the most interesting thing you have worked on at WAPA? I've done a lot of work at WAPA, including building new telecommunications sites, replacing equipment, upgrading systems and many other technical endeavors in Casper and Fort Peck, Montana. The most interesting is my present work with Asset Management, which has allowed me to challenge myself with technical topics I have not dealt with since earning my master's degree, and the Inclusion and Diversity Committee, which allows me to assist in shaping WAPA's future.
What do you wish people understood about your job and the work you do? WAPA's Asset Management program is more than mere data entry and data collection. The data is there to assist Maintenance, Finance and management to plan their work to maintain a reliable electric system in a fiscally responsible manner. The value of the data may not be seen today, but will pay large dividends in the future, as long as everyone puts forth the effort to collect and maintain data accurately.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't find on your resume. I am an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. I volunteer and support several conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society. I've also planted and currently care for nearly 400 trees.
How is what you do tied to WAPA's mission? The work in Asset Management directly assists WAPA in meeting the goals of fiscal responsibility and decisions resulting in a resilient and more reliable system, in line with the Strategic Roadmap 2024 Tactical Action Plan. Similarly, the IDC directly assists WAPA in retaining, developing and attracting high-performing employees to move the organization forward, in line with the People and Organization goals of the Roadmap.