FCC Approves Reorganization Portion of Reform Effort

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Washington, DC - Jan 17, 2002 - As part of its reform plan to make the FCC more effective, efficient and responsive, the Commission formally approved the reorganization of several of the agency’s bureaus.

The National Treasury Employees Union Local 209 has approved the reorganization. Changes are subject to Congressional notification before they become effective.

The Commission’s goals for the reorganization were to develop a standardized organizational structure across the bureaus; move toward a functional alignment; reflect changes in regulation and workload; recognize that dynamic industry change will continue; and use the reorganization to improve the technical and economic analysis in decision making.

Changes include:
Media Bureau will be responsible for the policy and licensing programs for media services, including cable television, broadcast television and radio. It will handle matters pertaining to multichannel video programming distribution, broadcast radio and television, direct broadcast satellite service policy, and associated matters. It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, and process applications for authorization, assignment, transfer and renewal of media services, including AM, FM, TV, the cable TV relay service, and related matters.

Wireline Competition Bureau will be responsible for the policy programs of communications common carriers and ancillary operations (other than wireless telecommunications services). It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, determine the lawfulness of carrier tariffs, act on applications for authorizations, administer accounting requirements for incumbent local exchange carriers, review carrier performance, and administer reporting requirements.

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will be responsible for the consumer and governmental affairs policies to enhance the public’s understanding of the Commission’s work and to facilitate the FCC’s relationships with other governmental agencies. It will conduct rulemakings, interact with the public, federal, state, local, tribal and other governmental agencies, oversee the Consumer/Disability Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Local and State Government Advisory Committee, handle informal complaint resolution, handle consumer outreach and education, and maintain FCC filings.

International Bureau will be realigned along functional lines, with consolidation of the international policy and spectrum rulemaking functions, and intergovernmental and regional leadership and planning functions, which are currently distributed throughout the Bureau.

Other Organizational Changes: The Enforcement Bureau will handle pole attachment complaints and some multichannel video and cable television services complaints currently handled in the Cable Services Bureau. It will also handle common carrier audit functions. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will handle instructional television fixed services and multipoint distribution services matters currently handled in the Mass Media Bureau. The Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs will be renamed the Office of Legislative Affairs.

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