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FR pub. date Citation 0.1


50 FR 26567 0.5


50 FR 2985 6-27-85

50 FR 26567 7-9-85

50 FR 27953 (correction)


50 FR 38999 0.11


49 FR 45583 7-9-85

50 FR 27953 0.12


49 FR 45583 0.15


50 FR 2985 0.16


50 FR 2985 0.32


49 FR 42935 9-18-85

50 FR 37856 0.41


49 FR 47604 1-23-85

50 FR 2985 0.42


50 FR 14386 0.91


50 FR 26567 0.182


50 FR 27953 0.183


50 FR 27953 0.185


50 FR 27953 0.186


50 FR 27953 0.201


50 FR 26567 0.231


50 FR 27953 9-27-85

50 FR 39101 0.251


49 FR 47604 (correction)


50 FR 85 0.291


50 FR 18489 0.311


50 FR 37189 0.314


50 FR 36067 0.332


50 FR 21264 7-9-85

50 FR 27953 0.334


50 FR 21264 0.401


50 FR 27953 0.408


50 FR 9633 0.445


50 FR 27953

1.547 (removed)
1.548 (removed)
1.569 (removed)
1.611 (removed)


1.823 (added)
1.824 (added)
1.927-1.930 (removed)
(eff. date deferred)

FR pub. date

7-9-85 8-12-85 5-23-85 10-15-84 10-15-84 9-18-85 6-27-85

5-8-85 9-26-85 6-27-85 4-9-85 4-9-85 4-9-85




Citation 50 FR 27953 50 FR 32415 50 FR 21264 49 FR 40169 49 FR 40170 50 FR 37856 50 FR 26567 50 FR 19360 50 FR 39000 50 FR 26567 50 FR 13974 50 FR 13974 50 FR 13974 50 FR 13974 49 FR 40876 49 FR 49466 50 FR 5991 50 FR 5991 50 FR 11161 50 FR 5991 50 FR 5992 50 FR 37190 50 FR 37190 50 FR 37190 50 FR 4650 50 FR 21264 50 FR 38656 50 FR 26567 50 FR 11160 50 FR 38653 50 FR 18659 50 FR 5992 50 FR 5992 50 FR 11161

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0.161 Functions of the Board.

0.361 General authority.
0.362 Action on initial decisions.
0.363 Certification of matters to the Commission.
0.365 Authority delegated.
0.367 Record of actions taken.

0.381 Defense Commissioner.
0.383 Emergency Relocation Board.
0.387 Other defense and emergency preparedness delega-

tions; cross reference.

Sec. 0.484 Amateur radio operator examinations. 0.485 Commercial radio operator examinations. 0.487 Applications for interim ship station licenses. 0.489 Applications for ship radio inspection and periodical

survey. 0.491 Applications for exemption from compulsory ship

radio requirements. 0.493 Non-radio common carrier applications.

Subpart D-Mandatory Doclassification of National

Security Information 0.501 General. 0.502 Purpose. 0.503 Submission of requests for mandatory declassification

review. 0.504 Processing requests for declassification. 0.505 Fees and charges. 0.506 FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

Subpart E–Privacy Act Regulations 0.551 Purpose and scope; definitions. 0.552 Notice identifying Commission systems of records. 0.553 New uses of information. 0.554 Procedures for requests pertaining to individual

records in a system of records. 0.555 Disclosure of record information to individuals. 0.556 Request to correct or amend records. 0.557 Administrative review of an initial decision not to

amend a record. 0.558 Advice and assistance. 0.559 Disclosure of disputed information to persons other

than the individual to whom it pertains. 0.560 Penalty for false representation of identity. 0.561 Exemptions.

Subpart C-General Information

GENERAL 0.401 Location of Commission offices. 0.403 Office hours. 0.405 Statutory provisions. 0.406 The rules and regulations. 0.408 OMB control numbers assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.

PRINTED PUBLICATIONS 0.411 General reference materials. 0.413 The Commission's printed publications. 0.414 The Communications Act and other statutory materials. 0.415 The rules and regulations (looseleaf service). 0.416 The Federal Communications Commission Reports. 0.417 The Annual Reports. 0.420 Other Commission publications.

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST 0.421 Application forms. 0.422 Current action documents and public notices. 0.423 Information bulletins.


COMPILED BY THE COMMISSION 0.431 The FCC Service Frequency Lists. 0.432 The NARBA List. 0.433 The Radio Equipment Lists. 0.434 Lists of authorized broadcast stations and pending broadcast applications.

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND INSPECTION OF RECORDS 0.441 General. 0.442 Disclosure to other Federal government agencies of

information submitted to the Commission in confidence. 0.443 General information office. 0.445 Publication, availability and use of opinions, orders,

policy statements, interpretations, administrative manu

als, and staff instructions. 0.451 Inspection of records: Generally. 0.453 Public reference rooms. 0.455 Other locations at which records may be inspected. 0.457 Records not routinely available for public inspection. 0.459 Requests that materials or information submitted to

the Commission be withheld from public inspection. 0.460 Requests for inspection of records which are routinely

available for public inspection. 0.461 Requests for inspection of materials not routinely

available for public inspection. 0.463 Demand by competent authority for the production

of documents or testimony concerning information con

tained therein. 0.465 Request for copies of materials which are available,

or made available, for public inspection. 0.466 Search fee. 0.467 Certified copies. PLACES FOR MAKING SUBMITTALS OR REQUESTS, FOR FILING

APPLICATIONS, AND FOR TAKING EXAMINATIONS 0.471 Miscellaneous submittals or requests. 0.473 Reports of violations. 0.475 Applications for employment. 0.481 Place of filing applications for radio authorizations. 0.482 Applications for waiver of private radio rules. 0.483 Applications for amateur or commercial radio operator


Subpart F-Mooting Procedures 0.601 Definitions. 0.602 Open meetings. 0.603 Bases for closing a meeting to the public. 0.605 Procedures for announcing meetings. 0.606 Procedures for closing a meeting to the public. 0.607 Transcript, recording or minutes; availability to the

public.12 AUTHORITY: Secs. 4, 303, 48 Stat. 1066, 1082, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, unless otherwise noted. Implement; 5 U.S.C. 552, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart A-Organization AUTHORITY: Sec. 5, 48 Stat. 1068, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 155, unless otherwise noted.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Nomenclature changes to Subpart A appear at 37 FR 19372, Sept. 20, 1972.


$0.1 The Commission.

The Federal Communications Commission is composed of 5 members, who are appointed by the President subject to confirmation by the Senate. Normally, one Commissioner is appointed or reappointed each year, for a term of 7 years.

(32 FR 10569, July 19, 1967; 50 FR 26567, June 27, 1985, eff. July 8, 1985) $ 0.3 The Chairman.

(a) One of the members of the Commission is designated by the President to serve as Chairman, or chief executive officer, of the Commission. As Chairman, he has the following duties and responsibilities:

(1) To preside at all meetings and sessions of the Commission.

(2) To represent the Commission in all matters relating to legislation and legislative reports; however, any other Commissioner may present his own or minority views or supplemental reports.

(3) To represent the Commission in all matters requiring conferences or communications with other governmental officers, departments or agencies.

(4) To coordinate and organize the work of the Commission in such a manner as to promote prompt and efficient disposition of all matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission.

(b) The Commission will, in the case of a vacancy in the Office of the Chairman of the Commission, or in the absence or inability of the Chairman to serve, temporarily designate one of its members to act as Chairman until the cause or cir. cumstance requiring such designation has been eliminated or corrected. (32 FR 10569, July 19, 1967] $ 0.5 General description of Commission organization and


(a) Principal staff units. The Commission is assisted in the performance of its responsibilities by its staff, which is divided into the following principal units:

(1) Office of Managing Director.
(2) Office of Science and Technology.
(3) Office of General Counsel.
(4) Office of Plans and Policy.
(5) Mass Media Bureau
(6) Common Carrier Bureau.
(7) Private Radio Bureau.
(8) Field Operations Bureau.
(9) Office of Administrative Law Judges.
(10) Review Board.
(11) Network inquiry special staff
(12) Office of Congressional and Public Affairs

(b) Staff responsibilities and functions. The organization and functions of these major staff units are described in detail in $ 0.11 through 0.176. The defense and emergency preparedness functions of the Commission are set forth separately, beginning at $ 0.181. For a complete description of staff functions, reference should be made to these provisions. (See also the U.S. Government Organization Manual, which contains a chart showing the Commission's organization, the names of the members and principal staff officers of the Commission, and other information concerning the Commission.) So that the public may more readily inform itself concerning the operations of the Commission as a whole, concerning the staff officials who exercise responsibility over matters in which they are interested and concerning the relationship between the several staff units in such matters, however, a brief overall description of staff functions and responsibilities is set forth in this paragraph.

(1) The Managing Director. The Managing Director is directly responsible to the Commission, works under the supervision of the Chairman, and assists him in carrying out the Commission's organizational and administrative responsibilities. His principal role is to see that other staff units work together and promptly dispose of the matters for which they are responsible.

(2) The Chief Scientist and the General Counsel. Though primary responsibility in most established areas of regulation is lodged in other staff units, the Chief Scientist and the General Counsel are responsible for advising the Commission concerning any engineering or legal matter involved in the making and implementation of policy or in the decision of cases. For example, while policies relating solely to broadcasting are primarily the responsibility of the Mass Media

Bureau, and the preparation of Commission opinions in hearing cases is primarily the responsibility of the Chief Scientist and the General Counsel may be called upon for advice and assistance in either area. The Chief Scientist and the General Counsel, in addition, exercise primary responsibility in areas of regulation which transcend the responsibilities of a single bureau. Thus, for example, the General Counsel is primarily responsible for the Rules of Practice and Pro cedure, Part 1 of this chapter, and the Chief Scientist is primarily responsible for frequency allocation and for other areas of regulation under Parts 2, 5, and 15. The General Counsel also represents the Commission in litigation in the courts and coordinates the preparation of the Commission's legislative program. Both the Chief Scientist and the General Counsel exercise responsibility in matters pertaining to international communications.

(3) The Chief of Plans and Policy. The Chief of Plans and Policy is designated by the Commission as a staff officer directly responsible to the Commission under the supervision of the Chairman. His principal role is to advise, assist, and make recommendations to the Commission with respect to the development and implementation of communications policies in all areas of Commission authority and responsibility. He is also responsible for coordinating policy research and development activities within the Commission, and with other governmental agencies.

(4) The operating bureaus. The principal workload operations of the FCC are conducted by the four operating bureaus.

(i) Three of these bureaus—The Mass Media Bureau, Common Carrier Bureau, and Private Radio Bureau-exercise primary responsibility in the principal areas of regulation into which the FCC has divided its responsibilities. The Mass Media Bureau is responsible for the regulation of broadcast stations (see Part 73 of this chapter) and related facilities (see Part 74); for the regulation of cable television systems and cable television relay stations (see Parts 76 and 78 of this chapter); and for the regulation of Direct Broadcast Satellites (see Part 100). The licensing of related microwave radio facilities is coordinated with the Mass Media Bureau by the Common Carrier Bureau and the Private Radio Bureau. Within its area of responsibility, each of these bureaus is responsible for developing and implementing a regulatory pro gram; for processing applications for radio licenses or other filings; for the consideration of complaints and the conduct of investigations; for participation in FCC hearing proceedings as appropriate; and for the performance of such other functions as may be related to its area of responsibility.

(ü) The fourth operating bureau: The Field Operations Bureau maintains field offices and monitoring stations throughout the United States. It is responsible for detecting violations of regulations pertaining to the use of radio and, in this connection, monitors radio transmissions, periodically inspects stations, and investigates complaints of radio frequency interference. It issues violation notices to the station in question, thereby affording it an opportunity to take corrective measures. If formal enforcement action is appropriate, the proceedings are conducted by the staff unit which exercises primary responsibility over the station in question, usually one of the other operating bureaus. The Field Operations Bureau, in addition, exercises responsibility over commercial radio operator matters (see Part 13 of this chapter), antenna structures (see Part 17), and the use of radio for purposes other than communication (see Part 18). It also conducts amateur operator examinations.

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