FCC Revises Ex Parte Rules
February 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM (PT)
The FCC has revised its ex parte procedures to require all oral ex parte communications with the Commission to be documented and their content described. Ex parte summaries will need to include a "succinct summary" of matters addressed if limited to material already in the written record, or a summary of any new data presented.
"This reform should enable those participating in our proceedings as well as those observing them to better identify and understand the issues being debated before the Commission," said the Report and Order in the proceeding. "New electronic filing rules will empower anyone using the Internet to access this information, and stronger enforcement provisions will bolster these new requirements."
The Commission is addressing whether to require disclosure of real parties-in-interest to the proceedings in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.