FCC's McDowell Request Agency Audit
January 28, 2009 at 5:30 AM (PT)
In a letter to acting FCC Chairman MICHAEL COPPS yesterday, Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL asked for "thorough operational, financial and ethics audit of the Commission and its related entities." He wrote the commission should accept comment from the public and commission staff, with employees having the opportunity to comment anonymously.
MCDOWELL wrote that the findings of the review "would provide us with the information and ideas necessary for considering a potential restructuring of the agency," and added, "I am not suggesting that we make change for the sake of change. After all, we agree that the agency needs to be flexible and must be responsive to its myriad stakeholders, most importantly American consumers. There are, however, steps we likely would want to implement to increase our efficiency."
The review would provide us with the information and ideas necessary for considering a potential restructuring of the agency.
MCDOWELL also agreed with yesterday's comments from COPPS (NET NEWS 1/27), saying, "It is important that we cooperate with each other to foster open and thoughtful consideration of potential actions well before jumping into the drafting process."
He also wrote he would like to see the commission set the dates for its open meetings for the remainder of 2009 and provide at least six months notice for meetings in 2010 and beyond.
Read the full letter here.