WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today asked the Government Accountability Office – the nation’s nonpartisan watchdog – to complete a review of the management of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau. Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), are seeking the report in conjunction with the subcommittee’s ongoing oversight of the commission.
The leaders wrote:
This committee’s concern with the openness, transparency, and fairness of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) process is well established and has led to multiple and varied inquiries into the management of the agency under multiple chairmen. These inquires include, among other things, the monitoring of the FCC’s backlog reduction efforts, the FCC’s success in meeting bureau and office performance metrics, and more recently the Chairman’s proposal to reduce the Enforcement Bureau’s geographic footprint by closing more than half of the Bureau’s field offices.
The information submitted by the FCC in response to these inquiries has validated our concerns with FCC management and process. One area of particular and ongoing concern is the management of the FCC’s largest subdivision – the Enforcement Bureau. …