Jamie Barnett, FCC PSHSB Chief to Return to Potomac Center
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JAMIE BARNETT, FCC PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU CHIEF,
TO RETURN TO THE POTOMAC INSTITUTE; DAVID FURTH NAMED ACTING CHIEFWashington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral
USNR (Retired), Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), will leave
his position at the end of the month to return to the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a leading science
and technology policy think tank, where he will be Senior Vice President. David Furth, currently a
Deputy Chief in PSHSB, will serve as Acting Bureau Chief.
Chairman Genachowski said, “Jamie is an extraordinarily talented and effective leader, a valued
colleague, and an outstanding and dedicated public servant. Thanks to his efforts, our country’s
communications networks are stronger and more resilient, and Americans are and will be safer in
significant ways. I wish Jamie the best as he moves on to the next stage of an already distinguished
Rear Admiral Barnett has been the Chief of PSHSB since he came to the Commission in July 2009.
Under Admiral Barnett’s leadership, the bureau played a leading role in the establishment of the public
safety broadband network. He created the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division within
PSHSB, which supported major cybersecurity work by a federal advisory committee known as the
Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). In March 2012, CSRIC
delivered a voluntary Code of Conduct for Internet service providers (ISPs) to remediate botnets as well
as recommendations to secure the Domain Name System and prevent Internet route hijacking.
Barnett also proposed the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which was
conducted on November 9, 2011, to identify and correct problems in the nation’s ability to notify
Americans of a major disaster or crisis. During his tenure, PSHSB has adopted rules to increase the
location accuracy of 9-1-1 calls coming from wireless callers and has laid the ground work for Next
Generation 9-1-1, which will include the ability to reach 9-1-1 with text, photos and videos.
Barnett also led an effort to defeat contraband cell phones in prisons through the use of innovative
technologies. Admiral Barnett served in the Navy and Navy Reserve for 32 years, and his last position
before retiring in 2008 was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Before
joining the Commission, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Admiral Barnett earned his Juris Doctor and undergraduate degrees from the University of Mississippi.
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