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man and the Commission major pose of all ex parte communications rechanges in such policies and programs. ceived from the public and others. In
(3) Assist the Chairman in carrying consultation with the General Counsel, out the administrative and executive approve waivers of the applicability of responsibilities delegated to the Chair- the conflict of interest statutes pursuman as the administrative head of the ant to 18 U.S.C. 205 and 208, or initiate agency.
necessary actions where other resolu(4) Advise the Chairman and Commis- tions of conflicts of interest are called sion on management, administrative, for. and related matters; review and evalu- (10) With the concurrence of the Genate the programs and procedures of the eral Counsel, interpret rules and reguCommission; initiate action or make lations pertaining to fees. recommendations as may be necessary (b) The Secretary is the official custo administer the Communications Act todian of the Commission's documents. most effectively in the public interest.
(Secs. 4, 303, 307, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, Assess the management, administra
1082, 1083; 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 307) tive, and resource implications of any proposed action or decision to be taken
(46 FR 59975, Dec. 8, 1981, as amended at 47 by the Commission or by a Bureau or
FR 41380, Sept. 20, 1982; 49 FR 45583, Nov. 19,
1984; 50 FR 27953, July 9, 1985; 53 FR 29064, Office under delegated authority; rec
Aug. 2, 1988; 53 FR 47536, Nov. 23, 1988; 54 FR ommend to the Chairman and Commis
152, Jan. 4, 1989; 59 FR 26971, May 25, 1994; 60 sion program priorities, resource and FR 5323, Jan. 27, 1995) position allocations, management, and administrative policies.
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (5) Plan and administer the Commission's Management by Objectives sys
80.13 Functions of the Office. tem. Assure that objectives, priorities, The Office of Inspector General is diand action plans established by Bu- rectly responsible to the Chairman as reaus and Offices are consistent with head of the agency. However, the overall Commission objectives and pri- Chairman may not prevent or prohibit orities.
the Office of Inspector General from (6) Plan and administer the Commis- carrying out its duties and responsibilsion's Program Evaluation System. En- ities as mandated by the Inspector sure that evaluation results are uti- General Act Amendments of 1988 (Pub. lized in Commission decision-making L. 100-504) and the Inspector General and priority-setting activities.
Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. Appendix 3), as (7) Direct agency efforts to improve amended. The Office has the following management effectiveness, operational duties and responsibilities. efficiency, employee productivity, and (a) Provide policy direction for and service to the public. Administer Com- to conduct, supervise and coordinate mission-wide management programs. audits and investigations relating to
(8) Plan and manage the administra- the programs and operations of the tive affairs of the Commission with re- Federal Communications Commission. spect to the functions of personnel and (b) Review existing and proposed legposition management; labor-manage- islation and regulations relating to ment relations; budget and financial programs and operations of the Commanagement; information manage- mission and to make recommendations ment and processing; organization in its required semiannual reports to planning; management analysis; pro- Congress concerning the impact of such curement; office space management legislation or regulations on the econand utilization; administrative and of- omy and efficiency in the administrafice services; supply and property man- tion of these programs and operations, agement; records management; person- or the prevention and detection of nel and physical security; and inter- fraud and abuse in such programs and national telecommunications settle- operations. ments.
(c) Recommend policies and conduct (9) Serve as the principal operating or coordinate other activities to proofficial on ex parte matters involving mote economy and efficiency in the adrestricted proceedings. Review and dis- ministration of Commission programs, or detect and prevent fraud and abuse and comment on FCC policies and proin Commission activities. Coordinate grams. with other governmental agencies and (c) Develop, recommend, coordinate non-governmental entities on these and administer objectives, plans and matters.
programs to encourage participation (d) Keep the Chairman of the Com- by the public in the Commission's decimission-and through him the other sion-making processes. Promote inCommissioners and the Congress fully creased awareness within the Commisand currently informed concerning sion of the impact of Commission polifraud and other serious problems, cies on the ability of consumers of abuses, and deficiencies relating to the communications services to participate administration of Commission pro- in decisions that affect them. Evaluate grams and operations; recommend cor- the effectiveness of mechanisms develrective action and report on the oped and used to facilitate public input progress made in implementing such and develop new initiatives as approcorrective action. In addition to pro- priate. viding the Chairman with the results of (d) Serve as the Commission's pricompleted audits and inspections, the
mary point of contact with individual Inspector General shall prepare statu
consumers of communications services torily required reports, identified as and with organizations of such consumsuch, to include:
ers. Maintain liaison with consumers (1) Semiannual reports summarizing to facilitate an interchange of informaactivities of the office during the pre- tion and cooperative efforts to improve ceding six month period (due to the the Commission's information-gatherChairman by April 30 and October 31);
ing, policy-making, and information (2) Special reports specifically identi- dissemination functions. fying any serious or flagrant problems, (e) Act as the principal point of pubabuses or deficiencies (due to the lic contact in disseminating informaChairman immediately upon discovery tion about Commission programs to of these matters by the Inspector Gen
promote equal employment opporeral).
tunity and minority enterprise in Com(54 FR 15194, Apr. 17, 1989)
mission-regulated industries. Maintain
liaison with industry representatives, OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
women's and minority groups and
other interested parties regarding pub$0.16 Functions of the Office.
lic information about and public evalThe Office of Public Affairs is di- uation of these programs. Organize rectly responsible to the Commission. FCC seminars and serve as FCC spokesThe Office has the following duties and person to outside organizations on responsibilities:
these subjects. (a) Develop, recommend, coordinate (f) Develop and implement programs and administer Commission objectives, to assist in providing information to plans and programs to enhance public minority entrepreneurs engaged in or understanding of and compliance with seeking to participate in telecommunithe Commission's regulatory require- cations industries regulated by the ments. Evaluate public information Commission. dissemination practices and develop (g) Review Commission contract promethods of improving these practices. curement policy to devise ways of in
(b) Act as the principal channel for creasing information about proposed communicating information to the Commission contracts received by minews media, regulated industries, and nority contractors. the general public on Commission poli- (h) Advise the Commission on its incies, programs, and activities. Make of- formation dissemination and public ficial announcements of Commission participation policies, as they affect lidecisions and actions. Maintain liaison aison with the information media, the with the information media to facili- public and
the Commission's tate the dissemination of news and in- regulatees. Provide policy and program formation on FCC activities. Advise guidance to the bureaus and offices on the Commission on public reaction to these subjects based on feedback re
ceived through the information dissemination functions of the Office.
(1) Maintain liaison with the Field Operations Bureau regarding the press and news media, and consumer assistance and information activities of the Commission's field offices. (Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat. 1066, 1082, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 303) (44 FR 12425, Mar. 7, 1979, as amended at 44 FR 70471, Dec. 7, 1979; 50 FR 2985, Jan. 23, 1985; 52 FR 42438, Nov. 5, 1987)
OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
80.17 Functions of the Office.
The Office of Legislative Affairs is directly responsible to the Commission. The Office has the following duties and responsibilities:
(a) Advise and make recommendations to the Commission with respect to legislation proposed by members of Congress or the Executive Branch and coordinate the preparation of Commission views thereon for submission to Congress or the Executive Branch.
(b) Coordinate with the Office of General Counsel responses to Congressional or Executive Branch inquiries as to the local ramifications of Commission policies, regulations, rules, and statutory interpretations.
(c) Assist the Office of the Managing Director in preparation of the annual report to Congress, the Commission budget and appropriations legislation to Congress; assist the Office of Public Affairs in preparation of the Commission's Annual Report.
(d) Assist the Chairman and Commissioners in preparation for, and the coordination of their appearances before the Committees of Congress.
(e) Coordinate the annual Commission legislative program.
(1) Coordinate Commission and staff responses to inquiries by individual members of Congress, congressional committees and staffs. (52 FR 42438, Nov. 5, 1987)
velopment and implementation of communications policies in all areas of Commission authority and responsibility. A principal function of the Office is to conduct independent policy analyses to assess the long-term effects of alternative Commission policies on domestic and international communication industries and services, with due consideration of the responsibilities and programs of other staff units, and to recommend appropriate Commission action. The Office is also responsible for coordinating the policy research and development activities of other staff units, with special concern for matters which transcend their individual areas of responsibility. The Office is composed of legal, engineering, economic, and sociological policy analysts and other personnel, and is headed by a chief having the following duties and responsibilities:
(a) To identify and define significant communications policy issues in all areas of Commission interest and responsibility;
(b) To conduct technical, economic, and sociological impact studies of existing and proposed communications policies and operations, including coop erative studies with other staff units and consultant and contract efforts as appropriate;
(c) To develop and evaluate alternative policy options and approaches for consideration by the Commission;
(d) To review and comment on all significant actions proposed to be taken by the Commission in terms of their overall policy implications;
(e) To recommend and evaluate governmental (state and federal), academic, and industry sponsored research affecting Commission policy issues;
(1) To prepare briefings, position papers, proposed Commission actions, or other agenda items as appropriate;
(8) To manage the Commission's policy research program, recommend budget levels and priorities for this program, and serve as central account manager for all contractual policy research studies funded by the Commission;
(h) To coordinate the formation and presentation of Commission positions in communications policy; represent
OFFICE OF PLANS AND POLICY
80.21 Functions of the Office.
The Office of Plans and Policy, as a staff office to the Commission, assists, advises and makes recommendations to the Commission with respect to the de
the Commission at appropriate discussions and conferences.
(1) Develop and recommend procedures and plans for the effective handling of policy issues within the Commission. (38 FR 17005, June 28, 1973, as amended at 45 FR 25400, Apr. 15, 1980; 51 FR 12615, Apr. 14, 1986; 60 FR 5323, Jan. 27, 1995)
OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND
$0.31 Functions of the Omice.
The Office of Engineering and Technology has the following duties and responsibilities:
(a) To evaluate evolving technology for interference potential and to suggest ways to facilitate its introduction in response to Bureau initiatives, and advise the Commission and staff offices in such matters.
(b) Represent the Commission at various national conferences and meetings (and, in consultation with the International Bureau, at various international conferences and meetings) devoted to the progress of communications and the development of technical and other information and standards, and serve as Commission coordinator for the various national conferences when appropriate.
(c) To conduct scientific and technical studies in advanced phases of terrestrial and space communications, and special projects to obtain theoretical and experimental data on new or improved techniques.
(d) To advise the Commission concerning engineering matters, including the privacy and security of communications, involved in making or implementing policy or in resolving specific cases.
(e) To develop and implement procedures to acquire, Store, and retrieve scientific and technical information useful in the engineering work of the Commission.
(1) To advise and represent the Commission on frequency allocation and spectrum usage matters.
(8) To render, in cooperation with the General Counsel and the Office of Plans and Policy, advice to the Commission, participate in and coordinate staff work with respect to general frequency
allocation proceedings and other proceedings not within the jurisdiction of any single bureau, and render service and advice with respect to rule making matters and proceedings affecting more than one Bureau.
(h) To collaborate with and advise other Bureaus and Offices in the formulation of technical requirements of the Rules.
(1) To administer parts 2, 5, 15, and 18 of this chapter, including licensing, recordkeeping, and rule making.
(1) To perform all engineering and management functions of the Commission with respect to formulating rules and regulations, technical standards, and general policies for parts 15 and 18 of this chapter, and for type approval and acceptance, and certification of radio equipment for compliance with the Rules.
(k) To maintain liaison with other agencies of government, technical experts representing foreign governments, and members of the public and industry concerned with communications and frequency allocation and usage.
(1) To calibrate and standardize technical equipment and installations used by the Commission.
(m) To exercise authority as may be assigned or referred by the Commission pursuant to section 5(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. (Secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317, 48 Stat., as amended, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1068, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1088, 1089; 47 U.S.C. 152, 153, 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317) (45 FR 28718, Apr. 30, 1980, as amended at 46 FR 453A2, Sept. 11, 1981; 51 FR 12615, Apr. 14, 1988; 60 FR 6323, Jan. 27, 1996)
OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL
80.41 Functions of the Omice.
The Office of the General Counsel has the following duties and responsibilities:
(a) To advise and represent the Commission in matters of litigation.
(b) To advise and make recommendations to the Commission with respect to proposed legislation and submit agency views on legislation when appropriate.
(c) To interpret the statutes, inter- matters regarding the interception of national agreements, and international telephone conversations, as required by regulations affecting the Commission. the General Services Administration's
(d) To prepare and make rec- regulations. 41 CFR 201-6.202 et seq. ommendations and interpretations con- (m) To advise the Commission in the cerning procedural rules of general ap- preparation and revision of rules and plicability and to review all rules for the implementation and administraconsistency with other rules, uniform- tion of ethics regulations and the Freeity, and legal sufficiency.
dom of Information, Privacy, Govern(e) To conduct research in legal mat- ment in the Sunshine and Alternative ters as directed by the Commission. Dispute Resolution Acts.
(1) In cooperation with the Office of (n) To assist and make recommendaEngineering and Technology, to par- tions to the Commission, and to inditicipate in, render advice to the Com- vidual Commissioners assigned to remission, and coordinate the staff work view initial decisions, as to the disposiwith respect to general frequency allo- tion of cases of adjudication and such cation proceedings and other proceed- other cases as, by Commission policy, ings not within the jurisdiction of any are handled in the same manner and single bureau, and to render advice
which have been designated for hearwith respect to rule making matters ing. and proceedings affecting more than one bureau.
(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317,
48 Stat., as amended, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1088, (8) To serve as the Commission's ad
1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1088, 1089, 47 U.S.C. vocate for competition throughout the
152, 153, 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317) telecommunications industry and, spe
[28 FR 12392, Nov. 22, 1963; 37 FR 19372, Sept. cifically, to help to ensure that com
20, 1972, as amended at 40 FR 17253, Apr. 18, mission policy development employs
1975; 43 FR 29006, July 5, 1978; 44 FR 39179, uniform or consistent analysis and July 5, 1979; 46 FR 57050, Nov. 20, 1981; 49 FR that FCC policy encourages and pro- 47604, Dec. 6, 1984; 50 FR 2985, Jan. 23, 1986; 50 motes competitive market structures FR 49048, Nov. 29, 1985; 51 FR 12815, Apr. 14, in affected industry segments by pro
1986; 60 FR 5323, Jan. 27, 1996; 60 FR 34901, viding bureaus/offices with the nec
July 5, 1995) essary support to identify, evaluate, and effectively resolve competitiveness
INTERNATIONAL BUREAU issues.
80.51 Functions of the Bureau. (h) To exercise such authority as may be assigned or referred to it by the
The International Bureau has the folCommission pursuant to section 5(d) of
lowing duties and responsibilities: the Communications Act of 1934, as
(a) To initiate and direct the develop amended.
ment and articulation of international (1) To cooperate with the Inter- telecommunications policies, consistnational Bureau on all matters per
ent with the priorities of the Commistaining to space satellite communica- sion; tions.
(b) To advise the Chairman and Com(1) To interpret statutes and execu- missioners on matters of international tive orders affecting the Commission's telecommunications policy, and on the national defense responsibilities, and adequacy of the Commission's actions to perform such functions involving to promote the vital interests of the implementation of such statutes and American public in international comexecutive orders as may be assigned to merce, national defense, and foreign it by the Commission or the Defense policy; Commissioner.
(c) To develop, recommend, and ad(k) To perform all legal functions minister policies, rules, standards, and with respect to leases, contracts, tort procedures for the authorization and claims and such other internal legal regulation of international teleproblems as may arise.
communications facilities and services, (1) To issue written determinations domestic and international satellite on behalf of the Chairman, and other- systems, and international broadcast wise act as the Chairman's designee on services;