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Released: November 27, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

FCC 13-152

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of



Appointment of the Defense Commissioner




Adopted: November 26, 2013

Released: November 27, 2013

By the Commission:


Pursuant to Section 0.181 of the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission)

Rules,1 we hereby appoint Chairman Tom Wheeler to be Defense Commissioner. The Defense

Commissioner “directs the homeland security, national security and emergency preparedness, and defense

activities of the Commission.” The duties and responsibilities of the Defense Commissioner include,

inter alia: (1) representing the Commission in interagency matters pertaining to public safety, homeland

security, national security, emergency preparedness, disaster management, and defense and related

matters, including matters pertaining to continuity of the essential functions of the Commission under

emergency conditions; (2) serving as the principal point of contact for the Commission on all matters

pertaining to the Department of Homeland Security; (3) developing emergency programs covering service

provision by wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers and broadcast, cable, and satellite

facilities, as well as radio frequency assignment, investigation, and enforcement; and (4) assuming the

duties of the Commission under certain emergencies.2


This Order is procedural in nature and pertains to internal organization and delegations of

authority, and hence is not subject to the prior notice and effective date provisions of the Administrative

Procedure Act.3


ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ORDERED, that pursuant to sections 1, 4(i), 303(r) and 706 of

the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 151, 154(i), 303(r), and 606, and Section

0.181 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 0.181, Chairman Tom Wheeler is appointed Defense

Commissioner EFFECTIVE on adoption of this Order.


Marlene H. Dortch


1 47 C.F.R. § 0.181.

2 Id.

3 See 5 U.S.C. § 553(b), (d).

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