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Released: June 6, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-784

Released June 6, 2014

CHAIRMAN WHEELER ANNOUNCES

INTERGOVERNMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced members of the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory

Committee (IAC) for 2014-2016. The IAC provides policy guidance, expertise, and recommendations to

the Commission on a range of communications issues for which local, state, and Tribal governments

share responsibility or administration with the Commission.

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

On October 29, 2013, the Commission announced the reauthorization of the IAC, sought

nominations for membership, and noted that it would announce the members of the IAC at a later date.1

The term of the previous IAC expired on December 2, 2013. The term of operations of the reauthorized

IAC will be limited to two years, with an option for reauthorization at the end of the two-year period.2

The term will commence with the new IAC’s first meeting on July 14-15, 2014 at the Commission’s

headquarters in Washington, DC.3 We expect that the 2014-2016 IAC will focus on the role of state,

local, and Tribal governments in facilitating technology transitions, broadband deployment and adoption,

E-rate modernization, and public safety issues.

MEMBERSHIP

IAC membership is comprised of representatives of local, state, and Tribal governments with

expertise in communications policy. The Commission’s rules specify IAC membership in the following

categories: four elected municipal officials (city mayors and city council members); two elected county

officials (county commissioners or council members); one elected or appointed local government

attorney; one elected state executive (governor or lieutenant governor); three elected state legislators; one

elected or appointed public utilities or public service commissioner; and three elected or appointed Native

American Tribal representatives.4

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) waives the

1 See FCC Announces the Reauthorization of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and Seeks Nominations,

Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 14749 (2013). http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/intergovernmental-advisory-

committee

2 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(a).

3 The IAC is authorized under Commission rules to operate for a two-year period following its first scheduled

meeting. Id.

4 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).

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limitation on the number of municipal officials to allow five municipal officials to serve on the IAC

instead of four, as specified under the Commission’s rules.5 We find good cause to grant the waiver

because of the unusually large number of qualified applicants, and granting this waiver allows us to

benefit from the input of a more geographically diverse membership, while maintaining a reasonable size

and balance of voices on the committee.6

Chairman Wheeler today announced that Gary Resnick, Mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida will be the

Chair of the 2014-2016 IAC and Bill de Blasio, Mayor, New York City, New York, will be the Vice

Chair. He also announced today the members of the IAC in each respective category, as follows:

Municipal Representatives (5)

Bill de Blasio, Mayor, New York City, New York

Designees: Bruce Regal, Senior Counsel, New York City Law Department;

Tanessa Cabe, Telecommunications Counsel, New York City Department of

Information Technology and Telecommunications

Andy Huckaba, City Councilmember, Lenexa, Kansas

Ron Nirenberg, City Councilmember, San Antonio, Texas

Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta, Georgia

Designees: Jim Beard, Chief Financial Officer, City of Atlanta;

Cathy Hampton, City Attorney, City of Atlanta

Gary I. Resnick, Mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida

County Representatives (2)

Dow Constantine, County Executive, King County, Washington

Designee: Marlin Blizinsky, Government Relations Officer, King County, WA

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, City and County of San Francisco, California

Designees: Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, San Francisco;

Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer, San Francisco;

Brian Roberts, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Technology, San Francisco

5 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).

6 Northeast Cellular Telephone Co. v. FCC, 897 F.2d 1164, 1166 (D.C. Cir. 1990); WAIT Radio v. FCC, 418 F.2d

1153, 1159 (D.C. Cir. 1969).

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Local Government Attorney Representative (1)

Kenneth S. Fellman, City Attorney, Littleton, Colorado

State Executive Representative (1)

Pat Quinn, Governor, Illinois

Designee: Sean Vinck, Chief Information Officer, Illinois

State Legislative Representatives (3)

Upendra J. Chivukula, New Jersey Assemblyman

Judson H. Hill, Georgia State Senator

Thomas J. Sloan, Kansas State Representative

State Public Utility Commission Representative (1)

Ronald Brisé, Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission

Native American Tribal Representatives (3)

John E. Sirois, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington

Thomas Brandon Stephens, United South and Eastern Tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,

North Carolina

Brian Tagaban, Navajo Nation, Arizona

EXEMPTION FROM THE FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT

We also note that pursuant to the “intergovernmental communication” exemption of the

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA),7 “the IAC is not subject to, and is not required to

follow, the procedures set forth in the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (1988).”8

Because the input that Congress sought to facilitate through the intergovernmental exemption is

institutional in nature, the exemption covers federal communications with elected officials (or designated

employees) involved in the governmental process at the state, local and Tribal levels. We clarify here that

to be appointed to the IAC, under Commission rules, a member such as “an elected or appointed local

government attorney” must be on the staff of the municipal or county government represented and be part

of the governmental process.9 Our compliance with the requirements of section 204(b) of UMRA ensures

that the IAC can continue to operate with the informality and flexibility that have proven so effective in

the past and that inhere in its FACA-exempt status.

7 See 2 U.S.C. § 1534(b).

8 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(a).

9 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).

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electronic files, audio format), please send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and

Governmental Affairs Bureau, (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, please contact: Gregory Vadas, Chief, Office of Intergovernmental

Affairs, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, (202) 418-1798 (voice) or 1-800-835-5322 (TTY),

gregory.vadas@fcc.gov; or Steve Klitzman, Deputy Chief, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs,

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, (202) 418-1763 (voice) or 1-800-835-5322 (TTY),

steve.klitzman@fcc.gov.

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