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David Turetsky Named Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief

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Released: May 21, 2012

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May 21, 2012
Neil Grace, 202-418-0506



Washington, D.C. – Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski named David S. Turetsky as Chief of the
FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB). Mr. Turetsky is a senior communications
lawyer with decades of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. He will begin after
Memorial Day. David Furth, currently serving as Acting Chief, will resume his role as Deputy Bureau
Chairman Genachowski said, “The FCC has a vital role in public safety and homeland security. We are
fortunate that the new leader of our Public Safety Bureau will be David Turetsky, with his stellar talent
and broad experience in and out of government.”
He continued: “I also want to express my appreciation to David Furth for his dedication to the agency’s
public safety mission and leadership while serving as Acting Chief of the bureau.”
Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral (Retired), Senior Vice President at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
and former PSHSB Chief said, “Chairman Julius Genachowski made an excellent choice in appointing
David Turetsky as the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. His proven leadership
experience, broad knowledge of the communications landscape, and proven track record of getting things
done will serve the agency well. As a member of the public safety community, I look forward to
supporting David as he continues to implement the Chairman’s vision for enhancing our nation’s safety
and security through advanced communications technologies.”
Mr. Turetsky brings a number of years of senior U.S. government experience, including serving as
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice; and business
experience as a senior lawyer and officer for Teligent, a fixed-wireless telecommunications and
broadband services company. He joins the FCC from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he was partner. At
the firm, he focused on a wide range of regulated industries, including telecom, media, satellite, energy,
and transportation.
He was twice appointed by federal courts and the FCC as the Management Trustee of rural U.S. mobile
wireless businesses required to be divested as a condition of a merger approval. In this role, Mr. Turetsky
oversaw all aspects of the businesses, including management, day-to-day operations, strategic planning,
and emergency response. During his time in the Clinton Administration Antitrust Division, Mr. Turetsky
was deeply involved in the shaping of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He has also been a member
of the State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy,
and serves as co-chair of the State Enforcement Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust

Mr. Turetsky received his B.A. in political science from Amherst College and his J.D. from University of
Chicago School of Law. He also studied at the London School of Economics.
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