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Background: The FCC today declined to make public recusal statements from Commission employees.
The Commission letter to Public Knowledge is here.
PK’s original request is here.
The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
“At a time when public confidence in government is at a low ebb, and when the Obama Administration has promised high levels of transparency, it is disappointing that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would shield from the public potential transitions of Commission staff to private industry. “It is even more disappointing that the Commission did not even attempt to craft a solution to balance the privacy concerns of employees against the public perception of perpetual revolving doors at regulatory agencies. It could have put the issue out for comment to consider possible remedies to bolster public confidence in the agency. The FCC has the authority to do so, but chose not to.
“While we recognize the need for privacy, we also recognize the need for the public to be aware of the extent to which regulators may be seeking or discussing employment with companies they regulate. There seemed to be no lack of job opportunities for staff when the agency made voluntary recusals public in the past, and we see no harm in continuing that policy or some variation of it.”