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Chairman Wheeler Appoints Acting Director for Legislative Affairs

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Released: December 17, 2013

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December 17, 2013
Justin Cole, 202-418-8191



Washington, D.C. – Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Sara Morris as
Acting Director of the FCC’s Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) effective on January 2, 2014. Ms.
Morris has had a long career working on legislative and communications policy issues, including
experience in Congress, the private sector, and the Executive Branch. Acting Director Patrick Halley will
become Associate Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau where he will focus on policy and strategy
for the Bureau’s high priority proceedings.
Chairman Wheeler said, “Sara Morris comes to us with a wide range of government and private sector
experience, coupled with telecommunications policy expertise. She is extraordinarily well positioned to
forge strong relationships across government that will serve the public interest by advancing effective
communications policy.”
Chairman Wheeler also thanked Patrick Halley for his service as Acting director of OLA, stating, “Patrick
has been invaluable in his role directing the OLA team with energy and excellent judgment. Patrick will
be a great addition to the WCB leadership team as we take on an extensive agenda that includes the Tech
Transition and E-Rate modernization.”
Ms. Morris comes to the FCC from the Department of Commerce, where she is Deputy Director of the
Office of Congressional Affairs for the department’s National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). Her major areas of legislative and policy focus have included federal spectrum
reallocation, establishment and implementation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet),
Recovery Act broadband programs, and the digital TV transition. In addition to working with Members of
Congress and staff, she has coordinated with state government officials, other federal agencies and the
White House.
Prior to joining NTIA, she was a government affairs policy analyst at Paul, Hastings, Janofksy & Walker
LLP, and a telecommunications policy analyst at Verner Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand. She also
has broad experience on Capitol Hill, where she worked for the Telecommunications and Finance
Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, chaired by then-Rep. Ed Markey, as
well as the Energy, Conservation & Power subcommittee and the House Select Committee on Aging.
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