Martin Letter Defends FCC Procedures
December 12, 2007 at 9:21 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN has responded to a list of questions about Commission procedures from House Commerce Committee Chairman JOHN DINGELL (D-MI), agreeing that "the Commission should conduct its affairs fairly, openly, and transparently to serve the public interest" and defending his widely criticized actions in pushing for quick votes and calling meetings at the last minute.
MARTIN asserted that the Administrative Procedure Act "does not require that we publish the exact text of a proposed rule" before opening the proposal for comment, adding that "it has not been standard practice to publish separately proposed rules prior to adoption of an Order." He also noted that the FCC's current procedures for internal notice of open meetings and for acting on items "on circulation" have remained essentially the same for several years, dating back to REED HUNDT's and BILL KENNARD's tenures as Chairman.
Read MARTIN's letter by clicking here.