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Julie Kearney, Space Bureau Chief
Julie Kearney, Space Bureau Chief

The Space Bureau plays a key role in advancing the Commission’s Space Innovation Agenda to meet the needs of the next generation Space Age. The Bureau promotes a competitive and innovative global communications marketplace by leading policy and licensing matters related to satellite and space-based communications and activities. Among its responsibilities, the Bureau: leads complex policy analysis and rulemakings; authorizes satellite and earth station systems used for space-based services; streamlines regulatory processes to provide maximum flexibility for operators to meet customer needs; and fosters the efficient use of scarce spectrum and orbital resources. The Space Bureau also serves as the FCC’s focal point for coordination with other U.S. government agencies on matters of space policy and governance, and collaborates with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) for consultations with other countries, international and multi-lateral organizations, and foreign government officials that involve satellite and space policy matters.