An ex parte presentation is a communication, written or oral, directed to the merits or outcome of a proceeding that, if written, is not served on all the parties to a proceeding, and if oral, is made without giving all the parties to the proceeding advance notice and an opportunity for them to be present.
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Ex Parte Reference Materials
The rules governing ex parte presentations in Commission proceedings are found in sections 1.1200 to 1.1216 of volume 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The rules were substantially revised effective June 1, 2011, by FCC 11-11, released February 2, 2011. It is important that all those doing business with the Commission be familiar with the amended rules. The Commission’s ex parte rules play an important role in protecting the fairness of the FCC's proceedings by assuring that FCC decisions are not influenced by impermissible off-the-record communications between decision-makers and others. At the same time, the rules are designed to ensure that the FCC has sufficient flexibility to obtain the information necessary for making reasonable decisions.