Rep. Bice inquires about Secretary Granholm’s possible conflicts
- April 19, 2023
Until she was confirmed as President Biden’s Secretary of Energy in February 2021, Jennifer Granholm was on the board of Proterra, a manufacturer of electric buses and electric vehicle parts. Her membership on the board required her to recuse from certain matters involving Proterra for two years, according to the Biden Ethics Pledge.
Rep. Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, in the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, presented the Department of Energy (DOE) IG with the facts surrounding a PPT complaint against Secretary Granholm for her participation in a grant program, including delivering a November 2021 announcement flanked by Proterra buses, in which companies with ties to Proterra received nearly $80 million from DOE. While the IG discussed the timing of divestment, the covered relationship creating the possible conflict for the Secretary was due to her board membership and requires her recusal for one year under federal ethics laws and two years under the Biden Ethics Pledge. Her participation in this program fell well within those time periods.