The Office of Administrative Law Judges is composed of judges who preside over hearings and issue decisions.
The Office of Communications Business Opportunities promotes competition and innovation in telecommunications ownership and information services. The office also supports opportunities for small, women-owned, and minority-owned communications businesses.
The Office of Engineering and Technology advises the Commission on technical and engineering matters and develops and administers Commission decisions regarding spectrum allocations. The office also grants equipment authorizations, experimental licenses and special temporary operation authority.
The Office of the General Counsel serves as the Commission's chief legal advisor and representative.
The Office of the Inspector General conducts and supervises audits and investigations relating to FCC programs and operations.
The Office of Legislative Affairs serves as the liaison between the FCC and Congress, as well as other federal agencies.
The Office of the Managing Director administers and manages the FCC.
Office of Media Relations informs the media of FCC decisions and serves as the FCC's main point of contact with the media.
To preserve the integrity of the Commission's records, the Office of the Secretary oversees the receipt and distribution of documents filed by the public through electronic and paper filing systems. In addition, the Office of the Secretary gives effective legal notice of Commission decisions by publishing them in the Federal Register and the FCC Record.
Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis works with the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus, and Offices to develop strategic plans, identify agency’s policy objectives, and provide research, advice, and analysis of advanced, novel, and non-traditional communications issues.
Office of Workplace Diversity ensures that the FCC provides employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual preference.
The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau develops and implements consumer policies including those for people with disabilities and those affecting tribal nations. The bureau also maintains collaborative partnerships with state, local and tribal governments and manages the Commission’s consumer call center.
The Enforcement Bureau enforces the Communications Act and FCC rules by protecting consumers, fostering efficient spectrum use, furthering public safety and promoting competition.
The International Bureau administers international telecommunications and satellite programs and policies, including licensing and regulatory functions. The bureau also promotes pro-competitive policies abroad, coordinates global spectrum activities and advocates U.S. interests in international communications and competition.
The Media Bureau oversees broadcast radio and television, as well as cable and satellite services on behalf of consumers. It also administers licensing and policy matters for broadcast services.
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau supports initiatives that strengthen public safety and emergency response capabilities to help us assist the public, law enforcement, hospitals, the communications industry and all levels of government in the event of a natural disaster, pandemic or terrorist attack.
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau regulates domestic wireless telecommunications programs and policies, including licensing. The bureau also implements competitive bidding for spectrum auctions and regulates wireless communications services including mobile phones, public safety and other commercial and private radio services.
The Wireline Competition develops and recommends wireline telecommunications policy goals, objectives, programs and plans. Bureau matters include universal service and the deployment of advanced telecommunications services such as broadband.