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Top Aide To FCC Chairman Departs

June 20, 2012

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's top aide is stepping down, the agency announced on Wednesday.

Josh Gottheimer has served as Genachowski's senior counselor for two years, advising on practically every issue, with an emphasis on privacy, children's technology issues, and cybersecurity.

Gottheimer was also the first director of the FCC's Public-Private Initiatives, which sought to find ways that broadband can advance national goals for jobs, public safety, education, and other areas.

"Josh has played a key role in nearly every one of our accomplishments, from the agency's work to obtain landmark authority from Congress to run the world's first voluntary incentive auctions to unleash spectrum for broadband, to our review of complex transactions," Genachowski said in a statetment.

Gottheimer came to the FCC from Burson-Marsteller. He previously served as a speechwriter and adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Jordan Usdan, currently deputy director of Public-Private Initiatives, will become acting director.

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