Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

FCC Chairman Pai Appoints Jerry Ellig Chief Economist

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Jerry Ellig as chief economist for the FCC. Dr. Ellig currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

FTC Acting Chairman Ohlhausen Announces Departure of Tad Lipsky and Appointment of Markus Meier as Acting Director of Competition Bureau

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced that Abbott (Tad) Lipsky, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, retired effective July 3, 2017.

What happened at the White House Tech Meeting

[Commentary] I left the White House that day with dramatically mixed emotions. I remain convinced that we should help a government initiative that can do real good, despite my deep concerns about the current administration’s policies.

What Jared's office actually does

When a dozen and a half CEOs of the world’s biggest tech companies descended on the White House in June, it turned a spotlight on one of the bigger mysteries of a mysterious White House: They were convened by the Office of American Innovation, the

White House refutes reports that Science and Technology office unstaffed

An official from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) said the department's science division is staffed, despite a report saying the last three employees of the division left last week.

FCC: Brendan Carr, You Complete Me

[Commentary] On June 28, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Brendan Carr for the last remaining open seat on the Federal Communications Commission.

Chairman Pai Announces Hudson To Serve As Director Of The Office Of Workplace Diversity

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has chosen Larry Hudson to serve as Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity, continuing the work he has been doing as acting director.

Safe is the Word for Trump's FCC, Thankfully

[Commentary] The newly constituted Federal Communications Commission is conservative and deregulatory, but in a way you would expect had any of the establishment Republicans won the White House last November.

President Trump’s latest FCC nomination could seal net neutrality’s fate

President Donald Trump has nominated the Federal Communications Commission's general counsel Brendan Carr to be the agency’s third Republican commissioner — a move that could ensure the end of net neutrality regulations.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Watch

The term of Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn technically expires June 30, although she can stay on through 2018.