Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

Senate Confirms Michael Kratsios As New Trump Administration Chief Technology Officer

Through a voice vote, the Senate has unanimously confirmed Michael Kratsios to be President Donald Trump's associate director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), making him the new Chief Technology Officer.

Vacancies on FCC's Native Nations Communications Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission seeks nominations to fill three Tribal vacancies on the Native Nations Communications Task Force.  Members appointed by the FCC Chairman to fill the vacancies will serve through the end of the Task Force’s cur

Commissioner Starks Appoints Special Advisor

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks announced the appointment of Alisa Valentin as his Special Advisor. “I’m excited that Alisa is joining my team.

FCC Announces CSRIC VII Working Groups and Seeks Participants

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission announces the topics and chairs of the six working groups that will assist the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII. 

‘It’s a disaster over there’: Department of Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction

Constant infighting among top officials. Sudden departures of senior staffers without explanation. A leader who is disengaged and prone to falling asleep in meetings.

Who should keep an eye on Silicon Valley?

The federal government's struggles to rein in Facebook are driving some Democrats and consumer advocates to a stark conclusion: The agency charged with regulating Silicon Valley is not up to the task.

FCC Commissioner Carr Staff Announcements

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr thanked Jamie Susskind for her years of public service on her departure from the FCC. Susskind served as Commissioner Carr’s Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor for wireline and consumer issues.

A largely moribund, sluggish, frightened, alleged watchdog for the American consumer

Ralph Nader wrote in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission's five commissioners saying the agency "remains a largely moribund, sluggish, frightened, alleged watchdog for the American consumer." He offers seven suggestions to improve the FTC:

Department of Commerce Policy Director Earl Comstock on His Way Out

The White House is pushing Commerce policy director Earl Comstock out of the Trump administration -- the first round of house-cleaning after the 2020 census debacle and clashes over tech policy.

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Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:00

The Senate Commerce Committee will consider six nominations including:

  • Michael Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy