FCC Changes Paper Filing Procedures

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Washington - Oct 17, 2001 - In light of the events involving the spread of Anthrax bacteria, the Federal Communications Commission has announced several changes in how it will accept hand-delivered documents at the filing counter of the Commission's Secretary, located at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC.

As a precautionary measure, effective immediately and until further notice, the following procedures are in place:

  • The staff at the Secretary's filing counter will not accept documents enclosed in envelopes.
  • Any filer or messenger carrying such documents into the Commission's building will be asked to leave the building and dispose of the envelope in a receptacle that will be placed outside the building. Once this is done, the filer or messenger will be allowed to proceed to the filing counter.
  • Originals and copies of each official filing must continue to be addressed to the Commission's Secretary and held together with rubber bands or fasteners. As usual, "stamp and return" copies will be provided as long as they clearly accompany each individual filing.
  • Documents intended to be received by specific staff persons within Bureaus and Offices must be clearly labeled on the first page of the document or with a cover sheet indicating the destination. As appropriate, originals and copies must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners.
  • Filings requesting confidential treatment under the Commission's rules must also be filed without envelopes. As long as the request for confidential treatment is clearly indicated on the first page of the filing, the staff at the filing counter will enclose the filing in a Commission envelope labeled "confidential" to signal that the filing contains material that is subject to a request for confidential treatment.
  • The Office of the Secretary will work with specific Bureaus and Offices, as appropriate, to handle bulk filings in accordance with the precautionary measures described above. As the Commission continues to balance its efforts to be accessible to its customers with the need for heightened security measures, the Commission encourages its customers to make full use of the Commission's electronic filing systems to facilitate the filing of documents. In addition, on October 18, the FCC announced a change in the location where paper flilngs can be delivered.

    Effective October 18, 2001, the Commission will no longer accept hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings at its headquarters location, 445 - 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. The due date for any filings due at the Commission Thursday October 18, 2001, or Friday October 19, 2001, is hereby extended to Monday, October 22, 2001.

    On Monday, October 22, 2001, the Commission will resume accepting hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings only at its Capitol Heights facility located at 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. To accommodate this change in location, the time deadline for filing at the Capitol Heights facility is extended hereafter to 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Filings received at the Capitol Heights facility will be date-stamped. Filings made pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 1.13(a) should also be made at the Capitol Heights facility where they will be date and time stamped. Subpoenas directed to the Commission or its employees in their official capacities will be received only at the Capitol Heights facility. The Commission is currently looking for an alternative site in Washington, D.C., to accept delivery of filings on a more permanent basis. The public will be notified of that location as quickly as possible.

    The FCC encourages its customers to make full use of the Commission's electronic filings systems to facilitate the filing of documents.

    Filings and other documents sent to the Commission by United States Postal Service or overnight delivery services should continue to be addressed to the Commission at 445 - 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. The Commission itself will divert those deliveries to the Capitol Heights facility.

    This Public Notice supercedes any Commission rules permitting the hand filing of documents at the Commission's headquarters.

    The Commission finds it necessary at this time to make these changes to its procedures to protect the health and safety of its employees and therefore finds good cause to make them effective as expeditiously as possible in accordance with this notice.

    Please address any questions concerning this Public Notice to the Commission's Secretary at msalas@fcc.gov or 202-418-0300.

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