Chairman Wheeler Appointment of Acting Chief, Enforcement Bureau
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FCC CHAIRMAN WHEELER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT
OF ACTING CHIEF, ENFORCEMENT BUREAUWashington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today his intent to appoint Travis LeBlanc
as acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Mr. LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior
advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, overseeing the office’s operations and activities
involving complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues such as technology regulation,
telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy, intellectual property and antitrust.
“The credibility of the Commission’s rules depends on its enforcement activities,” said Chairman
Wheeler. “Travis LeBlanc brings a wealth of experience with both federal and state law enforcement,
most recently in the largest state Attorney General’s office in the country. He is a savvy prosecutor who
also knows how to secure agreements with private companies in order to advance the public mission.”
During his time in the Office of the California Attorney General, Mr. LeBlanc established and oversaw
California’s first high-tech crime and privacy enforcement units. He also secured global agreements with
a number of high-tech companies to protect consumer privacy, promote online safety and respect
intellectual property rights.
Before joining the California AG, Mr. LeBlanc was an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the
United States Department of Justice, where he advised the President and Attorney General on significant
matters of constitutional, statutory and regulatory law. Prior to joining OLC, Mr. LeBlanc was an
attorney at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, and Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC,
where he represented corporate and individual clients in criminal and civil cases in federal and state
Mr. LeBlanc holds an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.A. from the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an LL.M. in International Law from
the University of Cambridge. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The Enforcement Bureau is the FCC’s largest bureau and the primary organizational unit responsible for
enforcement of provisions of the Communications Act, the Commission’s rules, Commission orders and
terms and conditions of station authorizations.
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