• Office of the Safety Advocate

    The Office of the Safety Advocate (OSA) is a new Division within the CPUC created in response to Senate Bill 62 (Chapter 806, Statutes of 2016). 

    OSA is established to advocate, on behalf of the interest of public utility customers, for the continuous and cost-effective improvement of the safety management and safety performance of public utilities.  OSA is an advocacy unit within the CPUC staffed with engineers and policy analysts, who will:

    1) Intervene in CPUC proceedings to advocate for effective public utility safety management and infrastructure improvements and for the transparency of safety information; 

    2) Recommend improvements to the CPUC’s safety management policies and procedures to spearhead the CPUC’s safety culture transformation, and;

    3)  Sponsor testimony and exhibits in CPUC proceedings on safety related risks and critically examine accountability reports and safety expenditures by public utilities to assist the CPUC in holding public utilities accountable for their safe operation.


  • OSA Interim Director, Dorothy Duda 

    Dorothy Duda has worked at the CPUC for 24 years, most recently serving as Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge supervising and training Administrative Law Judges in their work on both energy and telecommunications matters, including electric and gas General Rate Cases, and the CPUC’s Rulemaking on Risk Safety Assessment and the Safety Model Assessment Proceeding.  As an Administrative Law Judge for the last 16 years, she presided over a variety of energy and telecommunications cases and acted as a mediator.  She has also worked as a Commissioner’s Advisor and policy analyst in energy, telecommunications, and strategic planning.   Before coming to the CPUC, Ms. Duda worked as a Management Auditor for the Bureau of State Audits (previously known as the Office of the Auditor General).  Ms. Duda has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and a BA in Government/Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.