FCC's O'Rielly Calls For Better Interagency Cooperation, Followup To Make Sure Fines Get Paid
May 18, 2015 at 5:16 AM (PT)
In his latest post at the FCC's blog, Commissioner MIKE O'RIELLY used a scene from "SEINFELD" to illustrate problems with the Commission's enforcement procedures.
Citing the "SEINFELD" scene when JERRY's rental car reservation isn't honored and he explains to the agent that "You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to HOLD the reservation and that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them," O'RIELLY noted that the Commission "has no idea whether parties are actually satisfying the terms of its enforcement actions, particularly those that go to the forfeiture stage" and "does not have a process in place to know whether entities actually pay the fines or penalties assessed pursuant to an enforcement action. In other words, once a Forfeiture Order is finalized, it somehow seems to drop off the FCC’s radar."
O'RIELLY called for more cooperation and exchanging of information between the Commission, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice to allow the agencies to track whether a fine is paid.
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