Acting Chairwoman Clyburn Names Robert Ratcliffe Acting EB Chief
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FCC ACTING CHAIRWOMAN MIGNON L. CLYBURN NAMES ROBERT H. RATCLIFFE
ACTING ENFORCEMENT BUREAU CHIEFWashington, D.C. – FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn today announced that Robert H.
Ratcliffe will serve as Acting Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. Mr. Ratcliffe currently serves as
Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau. P. Michele Ellison, previously Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, was
recently named Chief of Staff.
Acting Chairwoman Clyburn said, “I am pleased that Mr. Ratcliffe has agreed to serve in this critical role.
Bob is a top flight lawyer who will bring his vast experience, sound legal judgment, and overall sense of
fairness to this effort.”
Mr. Ratcliffe has worked at the FCC for more than 35 years, including tenures as the Acting Chief of the
Media Bureau during the final phases of the digital television transition in 2009 and as Deputy Chief of
the Enforcement Bureau from 2006 until 2009. He also served as interim media advisor to former FCC
Chairman Alfred C. Sikes and held various policy positions in the former Mass Media Bureau, including
Deputy Chief of the Bureau and Assistant Chief of the Policy and Rules and Video Services Divisions.
He began his career at the FCC in the original Cable Television Bureau, holding a variety of positions,
including Chief of the Policy Review & Development Division.
Mr. Ratcliffe holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, an A.M. from the Fletcher School
of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a member of the
Maryland and Supreme Court bars and served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam.
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