Task Force on FCC Process

I recently provided an update on the ongoing activities through the FCC to tackle the process change recommendations from the Staff Working Group’s Report on FCC Process Change from early 2014. To complement these types of activities, a task force has recently already been formed that includes representatives from just about all five Commissioners’ offices at the FCC. The task force will consider ways to improve the effectiveness of the Commission’s inner processes from the Commissioners’ perspective, taking into account views expressed by internal and external stakeholders about the FCC’s internal processes plus protocols.

As part of this particular review, the task force will look for public input from those who regularly interact with the FCC, including customers, licensees, communications law practitioners, plus anyone with an interest in improving the FCC’s decision-making processes. The task force will also review the practices of other similarly situated agencies to compare their operations with those on the FCC.

Topics that will be reviewed and considered will include, but are not limited to: (a) the use of delegated authority, and practices for offering notice of matters being taken care of on delegated authority; (b) procedures for pre-vote circulation of Commission-level matters; (c) procedures associated with modifying Commission decisions; (d) practices in order to encourage efficient Commission decision-making, such as the Consent Agenda; (e) approaches pertaining to providing increased transparency of FCC procedures and protocols, and (f) practices to track, disclose and encourage prompt Commissioner votes on items on circulation.

Dealing with the Commissioners, the Congress, as well as the public, we believe we can create tangible improvements in our FCC procedures so that we better serve American consumers and businesses. The task force is focused on results – by means of recommendations and actions – that will improve our decision-making process. To assist us with identifying actionable recommendations, we invite comment on the subjects listed above, or any other topics related to this effort. Comments can be posted to this e mail address: ProcessReform2015@FCC. gov.

We appreciate your interest and assistance in helping the FCC to continue to evolve the means by which it delivers upon its mission.

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