House Panel Probing FCC Procedures
January 8, 2008 at 3:36 PM (PT)
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are launching a formal probe of the FCC's management practices, informing the Commission in a letter sent to Chairman KEVIN MARTIN that all e-mails and electronic records at the Commission should be preserved for the investigation.
The letter, attributed to Committee Chairman JOHN DINGELL (D-MI) and ranking minority member JOE BARTON (R-TX), as well as Reps. BART STUPAK (D-MI) and JOHN SHIMKUS (R-IL), said that the panel will look into whether the FCC is operating "in a fair, open, efficient, and transparent manner ... (and) will also address a growing number of allegations received by the committee relating to management practices that may adversely affect the agency's operation." DINGELL and other members of the committee have previously voiced concerns about the Commission's procedures under MARTIN.