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Deadline Extended for Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Nominations

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Released: March 15, 2013


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DA 13-449

Released March 15, 2013




On February 13, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released
a Public Notice seeking nominations to replace a municipal official member and a Tribal member on the
Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).1 Comprised of 15 representatives from
state, local and Tribal governments, the IAC advises the Commission on a range of telecommunications
issues for which these other governmental entities share responsibility or administration with the
Commission. The original deadline for nominations was March 15, 2013.2 By this Public Notice, we
extend the deadline to submit nominations to Friday, March 22, 2013. Nominations should be received
by the Commission no later than this date. There is no change in the procedures for submitting
nominations, but these procedures are again set forth below for convenience.


The application does not require a particular format; however, it must include the following
Resume (including applicant’s current position);
Contact information (both email and mailing addresses, as well as telephone numbers);
A brief description of the applicant’s area of expertise and qualifications to serve on the IAC,
including the applicant’s experience with telecommunications issues affecting municipal and/or
Tribal governments.
Nominees for IAC membership should submit their applications: (1) online via email; and/or (2)
hardcopy via mail. Applications submitted via email should be sent to Because of the
extensive security screening of incoming U.S. mail, delivery of U.S. mail sent to the Commission may be
significantly delayed and we encourage submission by e-mail to ensure that the application is received by
the deadline date. However, for those applicants who choose to send hardcopy applications via U.S. mail,
the application should be addressed to:

1 FCC Seeks Nominations for Municipal and Tribal Representatives on the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee,
Public Notice, February 13, 2013, found at

2 Id.

Attn: Carmen Scanlon, Attorney Advisor
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554


The mission of the IAC is to make recommendations to the Commission on the many
telecommunications issues affecting local, state and Tribal governments that are within the jurisdiction of
the Commission. These issues range from major Commission policy priorities such as implementation of
expanded broadband adoption and deployment, especially in unserved and underserved rural areas and
Tribal lands, to improved public safety communications, facilities siting, universal service reform, and
public rights-of-way.


Pursuant to Section 0.701(b) of the Commission rules, the IAC shall include four elected
municipal officials (city mayor or city council member) as well as three elected or appointed Native
American Tribal representatives, and this Public Notice is issued to fill one vacancy in each membership
category.3 Further, to ensure compliance with section 204(b) of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of
1995 (UMRA),4 which provides for an exemption from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) for
certain intergovernmental groups, any nomination of a Tribal member must be supported by a designation
letter from an elected officer of that Tribal government if the nominee does not hold an elected position.5
Our compliance with the requirements of section 204(b) of UMRA ensures that the IAC can continue to
operate with the informality and flexibility that have proven effective in the past and that inhere in the
IAC’s FACA-exempt status.
A nominee must be willing to commit to serve for the full term that the IAC is authorized through
December 2013 and should expect to attend four (4) one day meetings per year in Washington, D.C. at
the applicant’s own expense.6 Members who fail to “attend a minimum of 50% of the IAC’s yearly
meetings . . . may be removed by the Chairman of the IAC for failure to comply with this requirement.”7
Members will also have an initial and continuing obligation to disclose any interests in, or connections to,
persons or entities who are, or will be, regulated by, or who have interests before, the Commission.

3 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).
4 2 U.S.C. §1534(b).
5 Section 204(b) of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. §1534(b), provides an exemption from
FACA for intergovernmental communications involving meetings between Federal officials and Federal employees
and “elected officers of State, local and Tribal governments (or their designated employees with authority to act on
their behalf)” when such individuals act “in their official capacities.”
6 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.701(b)-(c).
7 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(c).


Once the new municipal and Tribal members have been selected, the Commission will publish a
Public Notice on its web site announcing the appointments.


To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print,
electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
For further information, please contact: Gregory Vadas, Chief, Office of Intergovernmental
Affairs, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, (202) 418-
1798 (voice) or 1-800-835-5322 (TTY),; or Steve Klitzman, Deputy Chief,
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal
Communications Commission, (202) 418-1763 (voice) or 1-800-835-5322 (TTY),
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