FCC officials to testify about backlog Sept. 17

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced that the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will meet Sept. 17 to discuss the management and spending of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

“Continuous oversight of federal agencies ensures that government works in the best interests of the people it serves,” Walden said. “This hearing will help us learn more about the commission’s processes and results, which will inform our work moving forward.”

FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins and Inspector General David Hunt are scheduled to testify before the committee.

Chaired by Walden, the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee previously requested documents on the FCC’s current workload, the magnitude of the current backlog of issues and the plan to manage the backlog.

Walden and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, sent a letter to the FCC urging the agency’s cooperation.

“As part of its oversight of the FCC, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has paid particular attention to FCC process and the need for reform,” the letter read. “That oversight, reflecting bipartisan concern, is embodied by H.R. 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act … . Our oversight work also includes previous inquiries into the FCC’s backlog.”