Report: FCC Memo Proposes Major Cuts At Enforcement Bureau
March 13, 2015 at 3:51 AM (PT)
According to a memo from the FCC Enforcement Bureau obtained by the AMATEUR RADIO RELAY LEAGUE, the agency is proposing a drastic cut in its field office locations and staff as part of a restructuring of the bureau.
The MARCH 10th memo suggests that the bureau will cut 16 of its 24 field offices, retaining NEW YORK, COLUMBIA, MD, CHICAGO, ATLANTA, MIAMI, DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, and SAN FRANCISCO, and keeping equipment but not full offices in KANSAS CITY, SALT LAKE CITY, PHOENIX, SEATTLE, SAN JUAN, ANCHORAGE, HONOLULU and BILLINGS.
The bureau would also focus on RF spectrum enforcement and add a "Tiger Team" of agents “flexible enough to support other high-priority initiatives." Management would be cut from 21 to five director positions and from 10 to three support positions.
The AARL's CEO DAVID SUMMER, K1ZZ, said, “The ARRL is concerned that there is already no sense of urgency in the FCC’s enforcement activities targeting spectrum polluters, such as utilities with noisy power lines, or the few violators in our own ranks. It is troubling to see recommendations for such drastic reductions in the Commission’s geographic footprint and the number of field agents at a time when the Field staff is facing ever-increasing challenges.”