About the Agency
This position is located in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD or Division) of the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB or Bureau). TAPD's primary mission is to advance the goals of universal service set forth in section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the Act), helping to ensure that consumers in all regions of the nation have access to quality telecommunications and information services at affordable rates. Included in these responsibilities is developing policy for and implementing changes in the high-cost, low-income, schools and libraries, and rural healthcare universal service support mechanisms, as well as issues and policies related to the universal service contribution methodology; addressing the numerous and varied petitions related to the universal service mechanisms; providing policy guidance to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC); and responding to the extremely heavy volume of congressional and general correspondence. TAPD also provides federal staff support for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
Works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity. These are characterized by one or more of the following: (1) extremely complex and difficult issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor often require the incumbent to balance conflicting interests; and (2) matters that can have an important impact on the telecommunications industry whose economic position affects major private and public interests.
Acts as the primary legal counsel to a significant operating program, or in adversarial proceedings where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature. The incumbent will review and approve work of lower grade attorneys. Participates in administrative or judicial hearings and develops research strategies for legal cases.
Serves as a subject matter expert on Telecommunications Access Policy programs. Provides authoritative advice, review and consultation of such issues to Bureau officials on the Commission’s role in implementing policies and procedures pursuant to section 254 of the Communications Act. Drafts and reviews orders and regulations relating to Universal Service and telecommuncations access matters. Identifies and analyzes challenging situations and works with internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, Universal Service Administrative Company, Office of Managing Director, Office of General Counsel, Office of Media Relations, service providers, and state commissions. Investigates matters and assesses the best approach for a legal case.
Provides policy recommendations to Division and Bureau Management. Conducts comprehensive review of agency rules and policies to determine applicability to Universal Service and other telecommunications access program needs. Analyzes public comment received and makes recommendation for new rules or modification to existing rules.
Prepares agenda items and proposed memorandum opinion and orders; notice of proposed rulemaking, and other decisional documents.