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Office of the Bureau Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) advises, makes recommendations to the Commission, or acts for the Commission under delegated authority, in all matters pertaining to public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management, and ancillary operations. The Bureau has responsibility for coordinating public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management, and related activities within the Commission, including:

  • Public safety communications (including 911 centers and first responders);
  • Priority emergency communications;
  • Public safety and disaster outreach functions (e.g. , coordinating with PSAPs, first responders, governmental agencies, and others);
  • Alert and warning of U.S. citizens;
  • Continuity of government operations (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning;
  • Disaster management coordination (i.e., infrastructure reporting and analysis in times of disaster);
  • Disaster management outreach;
  • Communications infrastructure protection;
  • Network reliability and interoperability;
  • Network security;

Specific responsibilities of PSHSB are contained in section 0.191 of the Commission's rules and its delegations of authority are contained in section 0.392 of the Commission's rules.

The Bureau Chief, or that person's designee, acts as Alternate FCC Homeland Security and Defense Coordinator and principal to the National Communications System.

Admiral David G. Simpson, Chief
Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson was appointed Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau in November 2013. As Bureau Chief, he oversees public safety, homeland security, emergency management, cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness activities at the FCC. He works with public and private partners and through the rulemaking process to deliver state-of-the-art communications that are accessible, reliable, resilient, and secure, and to help ensure that communications networks meet the public safety needs of Americans during emergencies. He brings to this role more than 20 years of Information and Communications Technology experience supporting the Department of Defense, working closely with other agencies to provide secure communication services and improve cyberdefense readiness. Admiral Simpson served previously as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT). From 2009 through 2010, as Director for Communications and Information Services for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and operational-level communications for U.S. Forces and assisted the Government of Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology sector. Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Kenneth Moran, Sr. Deputy Chief and Chief Preparedness Officer
Ken Moran is a Deputy Chief in the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, he is responsible for policy development, coordination, and implementation regarding public safety, homeland security, and national security activities. In addition, he oversees the work of the Public Communications Outreach & Operations Division, which has primary responsibility for emergency communications planning and disaster response activities as well as operation of the Commission's 24/7 watch office and its HFDF center. Mr. Moran also represents the Commission on various federal, state, and industry boards and committees.

Mr. Moran earned a BS in Mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MS in Business Administration from Indiana University. He began his career in 1970 as an engineer with GTE. He joined the Commission in 1978. Prior to his current position, he was Director of the Commission's Office of Homeland Security, Director for Defense and Security, and Chief of the Accounting and Audits Division. Mr. Moran holds a Professional Engineering Certificate in the state of Indiana.

David Furth, Deputy Chief
David Furth is the Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He is responsible for overseeing policy issues pertaining to public safety and homeland security including public safety spectrum and licensing, E911, Emergency Alert System, and CALEA. Mr. Furth served as Acting Bureau Chief from January to July 2009. From September, 2006 through January, 2009, Mr. Furth was an Associate Bureau Chief. In this capacity, he was responsible for a variety of legal and policy issues in the Bureau, most notably the 800 MHz rebanding proceeding. From March 2003 to September 2006, Mr. Furth was Associate Bureau Chief and Counsel in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Since joining the Commission in 1992, Mr. Furth has served as an attorney in the Private Radio Bureau and the Wireless Bureau, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rachelle Chong, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Commercial Wireless Division, and Senior Legal Advisor in the Wireless Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Furth was in private law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, California. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Chief
Lisa Michele Fowlkes is a Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes is responsible for a number of issues handled by PSHSB, including emergency alerts, 9-1-1/E9-1-1, survivability and reliability of commercial communications networks and systems and cyber security. Ms. Fowlkes is the senior official within PSHSB responsible for the FCC's role in establishing a Commercial Mobile Alert System as well as the senior official within PSHSB overseeing the FCC's public safety-related advisory committees. Ms. Fowlkes also oversees the Bureau's Communications Systems Analysis Division.

Ms. Fowlkes has held a number of positions within the FCC, including Assistant Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Private Wireless Division, Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel, Supervisory Attorney in the Cable Services Bureau and Attorney-Advisor in the Mass Media Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes also practiced law as a Senior Associate in a Washington, DC law firm where she represented public safety agencies, broadcast licensees, critical infrastructure service providers, government defense contractors and equipment manufacturers before the FCC.

Ms. Fowlkes is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tim Peterson, Chief of Staff
Tim Peterson currently serves as the Chief of Staff in the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Tim's present duties include assisting on issues involving public safety and homeland security as well as strategic planning for the FCC. Prior to this position, Tim served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Managing Director; Acting Deputy Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis; Special Counsel, Security and Defense in the Office of Engineering and Technology; Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer; Acting Chief of the Accounting Safeguards Division, and Counsel to the Common Carrier Bureau Chief.

Tim earned a B.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia, an M.S.P.P. in telecommunications policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.A.L.S. from Georgetown University.

Gene Fullano, Associate Chief

Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Chief
Jeff Goldthorp is Associate Bureau Chief for Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability and Acting Chief of the Communications Systems Analysis Division in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role he provides strategic and technical leadership on cybersecurity initiatives. As Acting Chief of CSAD, he also leads a technical and legal staff in the analysis of communications systems reliability and security, including the collection and analysis of communications network outage data, establishing statistically meaningful portraits of communications network reliability and working with industry to facilitate improvements to reliability and security. In times of disaster, Mr. Goldthorp's Division collects and analyzes data that is used to establish more accurate assessments of the condition of communications infrastructure in affected areas. Mr. Goldthorp is also the Designated Federal Officer of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.

Mr. Goldthorp earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He began his career in 1984 as an electrical engineer with Bell Communications Research, which subsequently became Telcordia Technologies. At Telcordia Mr. Goldthorp earned a patent for a DSP-based near-end crosstalk simulator that is in use today in Telcordia's laboratories and was General Manager of Network Access Engineering Services. He joined the Commission in 2001. Prior to his current position, he was Chief of the Network Technology Division in the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Deborah Klein, Associate Chief
Deborah Klein serves as Associate Bureau Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In that capacity, Ms. Klein is responsible for planning, developing, and managing the Bureau's public safety and homeland security outreach programs. These efforts seek to educate and inform and serve as a platform for participation by federal, state, and local public safety organizations and the public in the Commission's work. These initiatives include quarterly public safety industry summits addressing specific telecommunications issues, the Bureau's Internet website and clearinghouse for best practices, and speaking engagements.

Ms. Klein was previously Deputy Chief, Acting Chief and Chief of Staff of the Media Bureau, and Chief of the Consumer Protection and Competition Division of the Cable Services Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC in 1994, Ms. Klein served as an attorney-advisor at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition. Ms. Klein graduated from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in Political Science, and the University of Toledo College of Law, where she received a J.D. magna cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Erika Olsen, Special Counsel
Erika Olsen is Special Counsel to the Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, Ms. Olsen is responsible for addressing policy initiatives for the Bureau including those related to public safety spectrum, including the 700 MHz band, 911 and E911, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Before joining the Bureau, Ms. Olsen served as the Acting Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin for wireless and international issues, and previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Olsen was a partner in the telecommunications practice of a large international law firm. Ms. Olsen received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Sheila Hayes, Assistant Chief for Management

Jaime Rivas, Acting Deputy Chief for Management


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