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There are plans to close two-thirds of all FCC field offices, the ARRL reports on the latest developments
The US House Committee on
Energy and Commerce has given the Federal Communications Commission
a May 7 deadline to produce documents related to FCC Enforcement Bureau
proposals to close two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly
one-half of its staff of field agents.
[Y]our proposal to shutter 16 of the Commissions 24 field offices raises significant challenges and concerns, Upton said. The Commission has represented to Congress and the American people that it will preserve the integrity of public safety communications infrastructure by taking action on 99 percent of complaints of interference to public safety communications within 1 day, yet your proposal to reduce the geographic footprint of the Commission appears to ignore the impact this might have on the Commissions public interest goal. Upton said the Commission has offered little information to support its proposals. Indeed, our concerns have only been heightened by the Commissions failure to provide all the information requested by the Committee, he wrote.
The field office and personnel layoff proposals were outlined in a March 10 internal memorandum from Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc and FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins to EB field staff. The memo, obtained by ARRL and others, cited the need to take a fresh look at the Bureaus 20-year-old operating model in light of technology changes and tighter budgets.
Read the full ARRL story here.
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