The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) is the FCC's liaison to Congress. OLA provides lawmakers with information regarding FCC regulatory decisions, answers to policy questions, and assistance with constituent concerns. The Office also prepares FCC witnesses for Congressional hearings, and helps create FCC responses to legislative proposals and Congressional inquiries. In addition, OLA is a liaison to other Federal agencies, as well as state and local governments.

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


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 or 202.418.2947.

Jim Balaguer, Associate Director and Senior Legislative Analyst – Jim’s work centers around the issues addressed by the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. His portfolio includes topics such as universal service, Do-Not-Call, truth-in-billing, and disability access. Jim can be reached at or 202.418.1915.

Tim Strachan, Attorney Advisor – Tim's work focuses on the Commission’s International Bureau and is temporarily handling issues within the Media Bureau. Specifically, broadcast radio/television, cable, LPFM, media ownership, and satellite television/radio.  Tim can be reached at or 202.418.2242.

Kevin Holmes, Attorney Advisor – Kevin handles issues within the purview of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. These issues include E911, cybersecurity, operability and interoperability, as well as wireless spectrum, auctions and tower siting.  Additionally, he provides support regarding cramming, truth-in-billing, and spoofing issues. Kevin can be reached at or 202.418.0564.

Joy Medley, Legislative Policy Specialist – Joy handles legislative tracking, processing of Congressional reports, and special projects. Joy can be reched at 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 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.