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. 

Contact Information

Office of Legislative Affairs
Federal Communications Commission
Room 8-C432
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 timothy.strachan@fcc.gov or 202.418.2242.

Jim can be reached at jim.balaguer@fcc.gov or 202.418.1915.

Staff

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 jill.pender@fcc.gov 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 the Internationa Bureau.  Specifically, Lori focuses on broadcast radio/television, cable, LPFM, media ownership, and satellite television/radio.

Kevin Holmes, Attorney Advisor - Kevin 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. Kevin can be reached at kevin.holmes@fcc.gov or 418-0564.

Jennifer Schneider - Jennifer's work centers around the issues addressed by the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Her portfolio includes topics including universal service, broadband adoption, and the Internet Protocol transition.  She is also the lead liaison to Congress on consumer protection issues, including telemarketing policy, caller ID spoofing, and disability access policy. Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.schneider@fcc.gov or 418-1941.

Joy Medley, Legislative Policy Specialist – Joy handles legislative tracking, processing of Congressional reports, and special projects. Joy can be reched at joy.medley@fcc.gov 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 alethea.lewis@fcc.gov or 202.418.0103

Support Team:

Aurelle Porter, Special Assistant – Aurelle assists the Director and Deputy Director handling scheduling, meeting requests, and travel. She also provides general office management.

Chelle Richmond, Staff Assistant – Chelle is responsible general office support.

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