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Released: February 13, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 13-201

Released: February 13, 2013



With this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks
nominations to replace a municipal official member and a Tribal member on the Commission’s
Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC). 1 The IAC, comprised of 15 representatives from local,
state, and Tribal governments, advises the Commission on a range of telecommunication issues for which
their governments explicitly or inherently share responsibility or administration with the Commission.2
On December 4, 2009, the Commission reauthorized the IAC and on November 4, 2011, it
announced the members of the 2011-2013 committee.3 The term of operations of the reauthorized IAC is
two years, with an option for another two year term.4 The current IAC term commenced with its first
meeting on December 2, 2011 and will conclude in December 2013.5 One of the four municipal
representatives and one of the three Tribal representatives are no longer members of the IAC. We
therefore seek nominations for a fourth elected municipal official representative and a third elected or
appointed Tribal representative to replace the departed members.


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.

1 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).
2 Id.
3 See FCC Announces the Reauthorization of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, Public Notice, 24 FCC
Rcd 14316 (2009). Chairman Genachowski Announces Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Members, Public
Notice, 26 FCC Rcd 15648 (2011).
4 See 47 C.F.R. §0.701(a).
5 Id. See also Chairman Genachowski Announces Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Members, Public Notice,
26 FCC Rcd 15648 (2011).


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.6 Further, to ensure compliance with section 204(b) of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of
1995 (UMRA),7 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.8
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.9 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.”10
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.


Nominees for the IAC municipal and Tribal membership positions must submit their applications:
(1) online via email; and/or (2) hardcopy via mail. Applications must be submitted no later than thirty
(30) calendar days after the release date of this Public Notice. Applications submitted via email must be
sent to Hardcopy applications submitted via mail must be addressed to:
Attn: Carmen Scanlon, Attorney Advisor
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
There is no particular format for the application; however, it must include the following

6 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(b).
7 2 U.S.C. §1534(b).
8 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.”
9 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.701(b)-(c).
10 47 C.F.R. § 0.701(c).

Resume (including applicant’s current position);
Contact information (both email and mailing addresses, as well as telephone numbers); and
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.


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


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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