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Musical Chairs at the FCC

May 30, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan would be leaving the agency in mid-June. But he'll be replaced by a familiar face -- Ruth Milkman, currently special counsel for innovation in government.

It's a familiar role for Milkman, who headed the Wireless Bureau prior to Kaplan's appointment in mid-2011.

Before taking on the top spot at the Wireless Bureau, Kaplan was chief counsel to Chairman Julius Genachowski and chief of staff to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

"For the past three years, Rick Kaplan has been critical in helping us navigate some of the most challenging, complex, and important initiatives at the agency - starting with the DTV transition to all things wireless to complex merger and acquisition reviews," Genachowski said in a statement.

In her most recent role, Milkman helped lead a team focused on developing proposals "for procedural, regulatory and statutory changes to further innovation," the agency said.

In her return engagement at the bureau, Milkman, who has held a variety positions at the FCC since 1986, will be responsible for helping to implement the spectrum legislation passed in February, which aims to free up more spectrum for wireless operators.

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