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Federal Communications Commission

445 Twelfth Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

888-225-5322

TTY, 888-835-5322
http://www.fcc.gov

Commissioners

Commissioners
CHAIR Ajit Pai

Brendan Carr
Michael O’Rielly
Jessica Rosenworcel
https://www.fcc.gov/about/leadership

Bureau Chiefs

Bureau Chiefs
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Patrick Webre
Enforcement Rosemary Harold
International Thomas Sullivan
Media Michelle Carey
Public Safety and Homeland Security Lisa M. Fowlkes
Wireline Competition Kris Monteith
Wireless Telecommunications Donald Stockdale
https://www.fcc.gov/offices-bureaus#block-menu-block-4

Office Heads

Office Heads
General Counsel Thomas M. Johnson, Jr.
Managing Director Mark Stephens

CHIEFS
Administrative Law Judges Richard L. Sippel
Engineering and Technology Julius Knapp
Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis Wayne Leighton

DIRECTORS
Communications Business Opportunities Sanford S. Williams
Legislative Affairs Timothy Strachan
Media Relations Brian Hart
Workplace Diversity Larry Hudson
https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/organizational-charts-fcc
Inspector General David L. Hunt
https://www.fcc.gov/inspector-general#block-menu-block-4

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2018.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2018.

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was established by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) and is charged with regulating interstate and foreign communications by wire and radio in the public interest. The scope of FCC regulation includes radio and television broadcasting; telephone and cable television operation; two-way radio and radio operators; and satellite communication.

The Commission comprises five members whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of the members is designated by the President as the Chair.

https://www.fcc.gov/about/overview

Activities

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau develops and administers the FCC's consumer and governmental affairs policies and initiatives. The Bureau facilitates public participation in the Commission's decisionmaking process; represents the Commission on consumer and Government committees, working groups, task forces, and conferences; works with public, Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies to develop and coordinate policies; oversees the Consumer Advisory Committee, the Disability Advisory Committee, and the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee; offers expert advice on applicable disability and accessibility requirements, rules, and regulations, and assists with compliance; resolves informal complaints; and conducts consumer outreach and education programs.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs#block-menu-block-4

Enforcement Bureau

The Enforcement Bureau serves as the FCC's primary agency for enforcing the Communications Act, other communications statutes, and the FCC's rules. The Bureau investigates and resolves complaints regarding common carriers (wireline, wireless, and international) and noncommon carriers subject to the Commission's jurisdiction under Title II of the Communications Act; radio frequency interference, equipment, and devices; accessibility to communications services and equipment for persons with disabilities; noncompliance with the lighting and marking of radio transmitting towers and pole attachment regulations; and unauthorized construction and operation of communication facilities and false distress signals.

https://www.fcc.gov/enforcement#block-menu-block-4

International Bureau

The International Bureau serves as the FCC's principal representative at international conferences and in international negotiations. The Bureau promotes procompetitive policies abroad, coordinating the FCC’s global spectrum activities and advocating U.S. interests in international communications and competition. It provides advice and technical assistance to U.S. trade officials in the negotiation and implementation of telecommunications trade agreements. It also encourages the international coordination of spectrum allocation and of frequency and orbital assignments to minimize cases of international radio interference involving U.S. licenses.

https://www.fcc.gov/international#block-menu-block-4

Media Bureau

The Media Bureau oversees broadcast radio, television, and cable policy and licensing, as well as post-licensing matters for satellite services. The Bureau also conducts rulemaking proceedings and studies, resolves waiver petitions, and processes applications for authorization, assignment, transfer, and renewal of radio, television, and cable television relay services.

https://www.fcc.gov/media#block-menu-block-4

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau develops, recommends, and administers the FCC's policies on public safety communication. This includes 911 and E911, operability and interoperability of public safety communications, communications infrastructure protection and disaster response, and network security and reliability. The Bureau also disseminates public safety communication information for emergency communication programs; alerting and warning U.S. citizens; continuity of government operations and operational planning; public safety outreach (e.g., first-responder organizations and hospitals); disaster management coordination and outreach; and studies and reports of public safety, homeland security, and disaster management issues.

https://www.fcc.gov/public-safety-and-homeland-security#block-menu-block-4
| Email: pshsbinfo@fcc.gov

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau administers all domestic commercial and private wireless communication programs and rules. It addresses present and future wireless communication and spectrum needs; promotes access, efficiency, and innovation in the allocation, licensing, and use of electromagnetic spectrum; ensures choice, opportunity, and fairness in the development of wireless communication services and markets; and encourages the development and widespread availability of wireless communication devices, facilities, and services. The Bureau also develops, recommends, administers, and coordinates policy for wireless communication services, including rulemaking, interpretations, and equipment standards; advises the public on FCC rules; serves as the FCC's principal policy and administrative resource for all spectrum auctions; and processes wireless service and facility authorization applications.

https://www.fcc.gov/wireless-telecommunications#block-menu-block-4

Wireline Competition Bureau

The Wireline Competition Bureau advises and makes recommendations to the FCC on policies affecting telephone landlines and fixed broadband. Its programs protect affordable communications access for health care providers, libraries, schools, and lifeline and rural consumers. The Bureau also ensures choice, opportunity, and fairness in the development of wireline communications; assesses the present and future wireline communication needs of the Nation; encourages the development and widespread availability of wireline communication services; and promotes investment in wireline communication infrastructure.

https://www.fcc.gov/wireline-competition#block-menu-block-4

Sources of Information

Blog

The FCC maintains a blog.

https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/blog

Business Opportunities

The FCC relies on contractors for goods and services to carry out its mission. Many of these procurements are suitable for small businesses, and some offer opportunities for subcontracting.

https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/contracting | Email: EACHelp@fcc.gov

Career Opportunities

The FCC maintains a web-based recruitment system that allows employees and outside job seekers to apply for job opportunities online.

https://www.fcc.gov/general/fcc-jobs

In 2017, the FCC ranked 20th among 25 midsize Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/detail/FC00

Consumer Assistance

For general information on FCC operations, contact the FCC Consumer Center, 445 Twelfth Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. Phone, 888-225-5322. TTY, 888-835-5322.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers

Equal Employment Practices by the Communications Industry

For more information, contact the FCC Consumer Center. Phone, 888-225-5322.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers

Ex-Parte Presentations

For more information, contact the Commission's Office of General Counsel. Phone, 202-418-1720.

https://www.fcc.gov/proceedings-actions/ex-parte

Federal Advisory Committee Management

For more information, contact the Office of Managing Director. Phone, 202-418-2178.

https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/advisory-committees-fcc

Fees

Information on the FCC's fee programs is available online or from the Registration System / Fee Filer Help Desk. Phone, 877-480-3201 (option 4).

https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fees | Email: ARINQUIRIES@fcc.gov

Freedom of Information Act

For more information, contact the FOIA Requester Service Center. Phone, 202-418-1379.

https://www.fcc.gov/general/foia | Email: foia@fcc.gov

Internal Equal Employment Practices

For more information, contact the Office of Workplace Diversity. Phone, 202-418-1799.

https://www.fcc.gov/workplace-diversity

Internships

Information on FCC internships is available online.

https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-available-fcc

Licensing

Information on the FCC's licensing systems is available online.

http://www.fcc.gov/licensing

News

The Office of Media Relations distributes public notices and press releases and makes them available online.

https://www.fcc.gov/media-relations

Offices / Bureaus

The "Offices and Bureaus" web page includes a brief description of FCC offices and bureaus, as well as links to related webpages with additional information.

https://www.fcc.gov/offices-bureaus#block-menu-block-4

Organizational Chart

The FCC's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/fccorg-06072018.pdf

The organizational charts of FCC offices and bureaus are available online in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/organizational-charts-fcc

Podcast

The official FCC podcast "More Than Seven Dirty Words" features interviews with FCC staff and others in the field of communications.

https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/podcast

Public Inspection

Records that are deemed nonconfidential by law can be viewed on the FCC's Web site. Each broadcasting station maintains a current copy of its application for license, operational information, and nonconfidential FCC reports for public inspection.

Publications

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau maintains an online consumer publications library.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers

Social Media

To inform and to connect and engage with the general public, the FCC uses social media: Disqus, Facebook, Flickr, GitHub, Instagram, Scribd, Twitter, and YouTube.

https://www.fcc.gov/social-media
https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact

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