GAO Proposes FCC Procedural Changes
January 20, 2010 at 4:30 AM (PT)
The GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING OFFICE has released its report on FCC procedures and has suggested changes to streamline and clarify the Commission's processes.
Among the changes being suggested are for the Commission to release full text of proposed rule changes before they are voted upon, as opposed to the present system using a summary but only releasing the complete text well after the vote and improvement of interbureau coordination, asking for written policies to identify issues covered by multiple bureaus and determine which should take the lead and how the bureaus should communicate.
The GAO also suggested that each Chairman, at the beginning of his or her term, should create policies covering how commissioners can access information from the bureaus during the decision-making process, and proposed revisions to the ex parte rules for oversight of the accuracy of summaries of ex parte contacts with the commission.