Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Thursday that he has hired a former key aide to ex-Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., as his new special counsel.
Amy Levine, who advised Boucher on technology and telecommunications issues before he was defeated for re-election in November, will work in the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.
She will be responsible for such issues as public safety and spectrum. She will be working with the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to help create a national interoperable public safety broadband network and on implementation of an enhanced E911 network and next generation 911 technologies.
She also will be charged with working with other bureaus to help make more spectrum available for wireless broadband and other new technologies through such proposals as voluntary incentive auctions. The proposal calls for giving broadcasters a share of the proceeds from auctions from any spectrum they voluntarily relinquish.
Levine worked on many of these issues for Boucher. Her background also includes stints working for Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. She also spent five years as an associate at Covington & Burling, where she worked on communications, media and technology issues.
Genachowski described Levine in a statement as "a dedicated public servant, who has been able to work in a bipartisan fashion to develop smart, sensible approaches to complex problems and her knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to the agency."