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Office Of The Bureau Chief

The Bureau's front office provides general leadership and direction to the Bureau as it carries out its functions pursuant to delegated authority.

  • James Arden Barnett, Jr., Chief

    James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral (Ret.), is the Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He is responsible for overseeing FCC activities pertaining to public safety, homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness, and represents the Commission on these issues before federal, state, and industry organizations. Chief Barnett served 32 years in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, retiring in 2008. His last active duty assignments were Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director, Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Before coming to the FCC, Chief Barnett was a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a policy think tank focusing on science and technology issues of importance to the nation, including cyber conflict and cyber security. From 1984 to 2001, Chief Barnett was a senior partner at Mitchell, McNutt and Sams, P.A. in Tupelo, Mississippi with a governmental law practice representing municipalities, counties, law enforcement agencies, schools and local government officials.

  • Kenneth Moran, Sr. Deputy Chief and Chief Preparedness Officer

    Ken Moran is a Deputy Chief in the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, he is responsible for policy development, coordination, and implementation regarding public safety, homeland security, and national security activities. In addition, he oversees the work of the Public Communications Outreach & Operations Division, which has primary responsibility for emergency communications planning and disaster response activities as well as operation of the Commission's 24/7 watch office and its HFDF center. Mr. Moran also represents the Commission on various federal, state, and industry boards and committees.

    Mr. Moran earned a BS in Mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MS in Business Administration from Indiana University. He began his career in 1970 as an engineer with GTE. He joined the Commission in 1978. Prior to his current position, he was Director of the Commission's Office of Homeland Security, Director for Defense and Security, and Chief of the Accounting and Audits Division. Mr. Moran holds a Professional Engineering Certificate in the state of Indiana.

  • David Furth, Deputy Chief

    David Furth is the Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He is responsible for overseeing policy issues pertaining to public safety and homeland security including public safety spectrum and licensing, E911, Emergency Alert System, and CALEA. Mr. Furth served as Acting Bureau Chief from January to July 2009. From September, 2006 through January, 2009, Mr. Furth was an Associate Bureau Chief. In this capacity, he was responsible for a variety of legal and policy issues in the Bureau, most notably the 800 MHz rebanding proceeding. From March 2003 to September 2006, Mr. Furth was Associate Bureau Chief and Counsel in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Since joining the Commission in 1992, Mr. Furth has served as an attorney in the Private Radio Bureau and the Wireless Bureau, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rachelle Chong, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Commercial Wireless Division, and Senior Legal Advisor in the Wireless Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Furth was in private law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, California. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

  • Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Chief

    Lisa Michele Fowlkes is a Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes is responsible for a number of issues handled by PSHSB, including emergency alerts, 9-1-1/E9-1-1, survivability and reliability of commercial communications networks and systems and cyber security. Ms. Fowlkes is the senior official within PSHSB responsible for the FCC's role in establishing a Commercial Mobile Alert System as well as the senior official within PSHSB overseeing the FCC's public safety-related advisory committees. Ms. Fowlkes also oversees the Bureau's Communications Systems Analysis Division.

    Ms. Fowlkes has held a number of positions within the FCC, including Assistant Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Private Wireless Division, Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel, Supervisory Attorney in the Cable Services Bureau and Attorney-Advisor in the Mass Media Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes also practiced law as a Senior Associate in a Washington, DC law firm where she represented public safety agencies, broadcast licensees, critical infrastructure service providers, government defense contractors and equipment manufacturers before the FCC.

    Ms. Fowlkes is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Jennifer Manner, Deputy Chief

    Jennifer A. Manner is Deputy Bureau Chief and has a focus on broadband and other related issues. Ms. Manner previously worked as a Principal at ZComm Strategies LLC, where she was a consultant on telecommunications regulatory policy issues. Before that, Ms. Manner was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, LLC, where she handled the company's domestic and international regulatory and policy issues. Before joining SkyTerra, Ms. Manner served as Senior Counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy with responsibility for wireless, international and new technology issues.

    Ms. Manner joined the Commissioner's office after working at MCI Communications Corporation, later WorldCom, Inc., as Associate Counsel for Foreign Market Access and then as International Wireless Services and Director of International Alliances.

    Prior to this position, Ms. Manner was an associate in the Communications Group at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.P. Before joining Akin, Gump, Ms. Manner was an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC.

    Ms. Manner currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Manner has published several books on telecommunications issues and has written numerous law review articles.

    Ms. Manner received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, from which she was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Political Science. She received her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School and LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Manner is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York and Connecticut.

  • Tim Peterson, Chief of Staff

    Tim Peterson currently serves as the Chief of Staff in the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Tim's present duties include assisting on issues involving public safety and homeland security as well as strategic planning for the FCC. Prior to this position, Tim served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Managing Director; Acting Deputy Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis; Special Counsel, Security and Defense in the Office of Engineering and Technology; Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer; Acting Chief of the Accounting Safeguards Division, and Counsel to the Common Carrier Bureau Chief.

    Tim earned a B.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia, an M.S.P.P. in telecommunications policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.A.L.S. from Georgetown University.

  • Jeff Cohen, Senior Legal Counsel

    Jeffrey Cohen has been with the Federal Communications Commission since January 2005. Mr. Cohen serves as the Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen is responsible for many of the legal and policy matters of the Bureau, including 700 MHz, 9-1-1 and E9-1-1, Commercial Mobile Alerting, and implementation of Congressional mandates and other proceedings concerning public safety communications. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Cohen was a partner with the Washington, DC telecommunications law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he worked on wireless regulatory matters since graduating from the George Washington University Law School with honors in 1994. Mr. Cohen also holds a B.S. cum laude in electrical engineering from the George Washington University.

  • Gene Fullano, Associate Chief
  • Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Chief

    Jeff Goldthorp is Associate Bureau Chief for Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability and Acting Chief of the Communications Systems Analysis Division in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role he provides strategic and technical leadership on cybersecurity initiatives. As Acting Chief of CSAD, he also leads a technical and legal staff in the analysis of communications systems reliability and security, including the collection and analysis of communications network outage data, establishing statistically meaningful portraits of communications network reliability and working with industry to facilitate improvements to reliability and security. In times of disaster, Mr. Goldthorp's Division collects and analyzes data that is used to establish more accurate assessments of the condition of communications infrastructure in affected areas. Mr. Goldthorp is also the Designated Federal Officer of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.

    Mr. Goldthorp earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He began his career in 1984 as an electrical engineer with Bell Communications Research, which subsequently became Telcordia Technologies. At Telcordia Mr. Goldthorp earned a patent for a DSP-based near-end crosstalk simulator that is in use today in Telcordia's laboratories and was General Manager of Network Access Engineering Services. He joined the Commission in 2001. Prior to his current position, he was Chief of the Network Technology Division in the Office of Engineering and Technology.

  • Deborah Klein, Associate Chief

    Deborah Klein serves as Associate Bureau Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In that capacity, Ms. Klein is responsible for planning, developing, and managing the Bureau's public safety and homeland security outreach programs. These efforts seek to educate and inform and serve as a platform for participation by federal, state, and local public safety organizations and the public in the Commission's work. These initiatives include quarterly public safety industry summits addressing specific telecommunications issues, the Bureau's Internet website and clearinghouse for best practices, and speaking engagements.

    Ms. Klein was previously Deputy Chief, Acting Chief and Chief of Staff of the Media Bureau, and Chief of the Consumer Protection and Competition Division of the Cable Services Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC in 1994, Ms. Klein served as an attorney-advisor at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition. Ms. Klein graduated from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in Political Science, and the University of Toledo College of Law, where she received a J.D. magna cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

  • Richard Lee, Associate Chief

    Richard D. Lee currently serves as Associate Bureau Chief in the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He joined the Commission in 1994, serving as the agency's Deputy Managing Director and later as the Chief of the Compliance and Information Bureau.

    He has been active in disaster response activities since September 11, 2001, having led disaster response teams for Non-profit Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Christian Mission Groups to Nicaragua, Mexico, and several U.S. States. Mr. Lee also led a disaster recovery team to Banda Aceh, Indonesia in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

    During the Hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery effort, Mr. Lee was the FCC's liaison officer on the ground, helping with communications restoration in Texas and Louisiana. He assisted numerous FCC licensees in both States obtain generators, fuel, and access to their facilities.

    Mr. Lee is a disabled Vietnam veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and retired United States Marine. He holds several degrees including a bachelor's degree in Personnel Management and a MBA in Leadership, Management, and Organizational Development from Southeastern University.

  • Erika Olsen, Special Counsel

    Erika Olsen is Special Counsel to the Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, Ms. Olsen is responsible for addressing policy initiatives for the Bureau including those related to public safety spectrum, including the 700 MHz band, 911 and E911, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

    Before joining the Bureau, Ms. Olsen served as the Acting Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin for wireless and international issues, and previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Olsen was a partner in the telecommunications practice of a large international law firm. Ms. Olsen received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

  • Robert Kenny, Media & Public Outreach Specialist

    Robert Kenny serves as Director of Media Relations and Communications for the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. As the senior-level spokesperson, Mr. Kenny directs bureau-level public affairs and media relations. His primary responsibilities include interaction with press representatives and public safety officials, development and dissemination of public notices and press statements, strategic planning, review of web site content and planning for public/press events. Mr. Kenny also serves as an outreach specialist meeting with public safety officials across the country on matters related to FCC initiatives and emergency response and restoration capabilities.

    Mr. Kenny earned a M.A. in Political Communications and Media Relations from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In his most previous position before joining the Commission in 2006, Mr. Kenny served as Director of Public Affairs for the New York State Department of Health, culminating a distinguished career of 17 years in New York State Government.

  • Susan McLean, Public Safety Outreach Coordinator

    Susan McLean serves as the Public Safety Outreach Coordinator for the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In that capacity, Ms. McLean is responsible for assisting in planning, developing, and managing the Bureau's public safety and homeland security outreach programs. These efforts seek to educate, inform and serve as a platform for participation by federal, state, and local public safety organizations and the public in the Commission's work. These initiatives include quarterly public safety industry summits addressing specific first responder/public safety telecommunications issues, and general rapport building with public safety agencies and associations.

    Ms. McLean has over 21 years of experience in criminal justice, public safety training and coordinating effective public safety and homeland security partnerships. Ten of those years were spent specifically in the public safety/homeland security training arena providing both services and training to traditional and non-traditional first responders. Since 1996 she has been a certified public safety trainer through the North Carolina Department of Justice. She also has been certified to teach through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research as a State and Local Anti-Terrorism Trainer.

    Ms. McLean was previously with the North Carolina Attorney General's office serving as the Deputy Director for the Criminal Justice Standards Division which is responsible for certifying over 57,000 law enforcement officers, correctional officers, speed measurement instrument operators and criminal justice trainers. Prior to her service with the NC Attorney General's Office, she worked for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC which is the largest community college in North Carolina. She held the position of Director for Public Safety Training, a program which served well over 20,000 regional first responders annually to include police, fire and emergency medical technicians.

    Ms. McLean earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Sheila Hayes, Assistant Chief for Management
  • Jaime Rivas, Acting Deputy Chief for Management

Contact Information

Office Of The Bureau Chief:
(202) 418-1300

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