As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger?s administration conducts a top-to-bottom review of state government with an eye on eliminating overlapping functions, transmission siting authority is the ?prize? for the succeeding agency. Jim Sweeney, who served as adviser to the governor before he assumed office, thinks the California Performance Review (CPR) will go ?well beyond? the Energy Action Plan, an interagency effort to coordinate energy strategies. He added, though, that the streamlining shouldn?t change energy policy. While governor?s office staffers remain tight-lipped about the contours of the overhaul, the California Energy Commission has acknowledged that transmission planning oversight is being scrutinized. ?Transmission line jurisdiction is something [being] looked at,? according to Claudia Chandler, CEC spokesperson. At least a couple of CEC commissioners have advocated taking over complete oversight, she noted. Currently, line-planning functions are split between the CEC and the CPUC. The CPUC vigorously opposes abdicating oversight (see <i>Circuit<\/i>, Jan. 30, 2004). Schwarzenegger officials would neither confirm nor deny that a transfer of transmission authority is in the works. They also would not name specific agencies that could be on the chopping block, beyond the California Power Authority. Overall, the CPR aims to eliminate or restructure boards and commissions, reduce the number of departments and agencies, and consolidate common functions in single departments. One possible outcome of the review would be to move the CEC?s policy functions under the administration?s wing, said Sweeney, who is also a Stanford University professor and senior fellow.