FCC Names New Homeland Security Bureau Chief

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David Turetsky, most recently a media lawyer at Dewey & LeBoeuf, is joining the Federal Communications Commission as chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau,effective after Memorial Day (May 28).

Among the issues in the bureau's purview are emergency alerts and cybersecurity.

He succeeds Admiral Jamie Barnett, who exited at the end of last month. Acting bureau chief David Furth will return to his previous post as deputy bureau chief, according to the chairman's office.

Turetsky's resume includes deputy assistant attorney general at Justice during the Clinton Administration, where he worked on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and senior lawyer for fixed wireless company Teligent.

"We are fortunate that the new leader of our Public Safety Bureau will be David Turetsky," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement. "With his stellar talent and broad experience in and out of government."

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