The Office of Legislative Affairs is the FCC’s primary liaison to Congress. The office provides lawmakers with information regarding FCC regulatory decisions, answers to policy questions, assistance with constituent concerns, and responses to Congressional inquiries.
Office of Legislative Affairs
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
Telephone: (202) 418-1900
Facsimile: (202) 418-2806
Tim Strachan, Director
Jim Balaguer, Deputy Director
The Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs oversee the Commission’s relationship with Congress. The Director, Deputy Director and the OLA staff work to provide lawmakers with information regarding decisions and policies adopted by the agency as well as acting as a resource to Congress on technical matters in legislation.
Tim also handles issues regarding open internet and can be reached at email@example.com or 202.418.2242.
Jim is the lead liaison to Congress on consumer protection issues, including telemarketing policy, caller ID spoofing, and disability access policy. Jim also handles issues out of the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau including universal service, broadband adoption, and the Internet Protocol transition. Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.418.1915.
OLA Policy Team:
Jill Pender, Chief Legislative Policy Counsel - Jill is responsible for budget and appropriations issues as well as work that arises out of the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and Office of the Managing Director (OMD). Jill also develops educational programs to assist Congressional staff in learning more about the FCC’s activities. Jill can be reached at email@example.com or 202.418.2947.
Lori Maarbjerg, Chief of Staff and Senior Attorney Advisor – Lori’s work is focused on the issues that are handled by the Media Bureau and Internationa Bureau. Specifically, Lori focuses on broadcast radio/television, cable, LPFM, media ownership and satellite television/radio. Lori can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.418.1908.
Rebecca Brown, Attorney Advisor - Rebecca handles issues related to the Wireless Bureau and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. These issues include E911, cybersecurity, operability and interoperability, as well as wireless spectrum, auctions and tower siting. Rebecca can be reached at email@example.com or 202.418-2754.
Joy Medley, Legislative Policy Specialist – Joy handles legislative tracking, processing of Congressional reports, and special projects. Joy can be reched at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.418.1907
Congressional Correspondence Team:
Alethea Lewis, Senior Congressional Liaison Specialist – Alethea is responsible for policy-related correspondence directed for the Chairman's attention as well as day-to-day operation and tracking of the FCC's Congressional Correspondence response process. Alethea can be reached at email@example.com or 202.418.0103
Chelle Richmond, Staff Assistant – Chelle is responsible for general office support.