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The mission of the Office of the Secretary facilitates the Commission's decision making process by:

  • maintaining materials for the Commission's open, circulate and closed meetings;
  • giving effective legal notice of Commission decisions through publications in the Federal Register and FCC Record;
  • giving public notice of ex parte presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings;
  • processing all docketed and non-docketed filings that the Commission receives in paper, electronic, and alternative media formats;
  • making recommendations to streamline the Commission's workflow through the use of electronic information management systems; and
  • administering the FCC Library collection.

The Office of the Secretary's major functions are divided among the Agenda and Publications Group, the Information Resources Group, the FCC Library, and the Reference Information Center.

Selected Biographical Information

Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary
Marlene H. Dortch was named Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission, effective April 18, 2002.

Ms. Dortch was previously Acting Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO). Prior to that position, she was Chief of the Equal Employment Opportunity Staff in the Commission's former Mass Media Bureau. She was also an attorney-advisor in the Television Branch of the Bureau's Video Services Division.

She holds a J.D. degree from the Ohio State University College of Law and an A.B. from Georgetown University.