Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Issa Probes FCC's Close Ties to White House Issa Probes FCC's Close Ties to White House

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Congress

Issa Probes FCC's Close Ties to White House

March 24, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wants to know if the White House is pulling the strings at the Federal Communications Commission, a supposedly independent agency.

In a March 24 letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Issa demands the details about frequent visits by agency brass to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The congressman is particularly concerned that the White House may be quietly playing a significant role in shaping Genachowski's controversial agenda -- which includes tough, new network-neutrality rules for the Internet.

The agency's three Democrats approved the Internet regulations in December over the objections of the two GOP commissioners, Republican lawmakers, and some broadband companies.

Genachowski visited the White House 81 times between January 2009 and November 2010, according to White House logs, Issa writes. This equals the number of visits by the secretaries of five other agencies during the same time period, he adds.

But some of the visits occurred before Genachowski arrived at the FCC. He was nominated in March 2009 and sworn into office three months later.

Eddie Lazarus, Genachowski's chief of staff, made roughly 60 trips to the White House during that period, Issa notes. Genachowski is a Harvard Law School buddy of President Obama, and served as a technology adviser for his presidential campaign.

In his missive, Issa demands that the FCC provide a log of all meetings with the White House and furnish any documents, including e-mails, that the agency shared with the White House on net-neutrality.

The congressman also complains that Genachowski failed to adequately reply to his previous letters seeking details about the agency's close connections to the White House.

A senior FCC official said in a written response that many of the meetings were related to the agency's creation of the nation's first National Broadband Plan, a ten-year technology blueprint released in March 2010.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
Comments
comments powered by Disqus