House Committee Seeks More Documents From FCC
March 13, 2008 at 5:44 AM (PT)
A congressional investigation of alleged mismanagement at the FCC intensified yesterday with a request for documents dating back three years, reports THE WASHINGTON POST. In a letter, Rep. JOHN D. DINGELL (D-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and other ranking members of the Subcommittee on Oversight asked FCC Chairman KEVIN J. MARTIN to provide e-mails, memos, handwritten notes and meeting schedules.
The subcommittee is probing how the agency conducted its open meetings, how it circulated items among the four other commissioners and how it put together reports, such as a controversial report on cable programming sales. DINGELL's office said the bipartisan investigation has broadened in scope since it was launched last DECEMBER. "Based on the information we've collected so far, this document request represents the areas that we believe warrant further investigation," DINGELL said.
MARTIN, who took over the agency in MARCH 2005, has been criticized for his secretive style and has been accused by some sources within the agency of delaying items or dragging out meetings to push through his own agenda. MARTIN, who is in THAILAND for the INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION's annual symposium, was not available for comment. MARY DIAMOND, an FCC spokeswoman, said in response to the letter: "We look forward to continuing to cooperate with the committee."