Letter From Congress Presses FCC For Details On Server Move
March 31, 2015 at 3:52 AM (PT)
Three prominent House Republicans have sent a letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER pressing the agency chief on the proposed move of 200 computer network servers from WASHINGTON to a new off-site facility in WEST VIRGINIA.
The move, mentioned by FCC Managing Director JON WILKINS in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology's FCC reauthorization hearing, drew the attention of the panel's Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR), the House Energy and Commerce Committee's chair FRED UPTON (R-MI), and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations' chair TIM MURPHY (R-PA), who sent a letter on FRIDAY (3/27) asking several questions about the details of the move, including specifications and condition of the servers, the contract for the move, the contractor's qualification, the process by which the contractor was selected, and an explanation for WILKINS' comment that the relocation will "realize cost savings" and "improve system resiliency," as well as precautions for data protection and what the Commission plans to do to keep its systems up and running while the move is taking place.
The letter reflects House Republicans' skepticism about the transparency and efficiency of FCC process, and mentions that the panels "have longstanding concerns with the fairness, openness, and transparency of the commission's administrative and rulemaking process."