FCC Shares EAS Test Results With GAO


The Government Accountability Office, an independent investigative arm of Congress, is getting a peek at the confidential data from cable operators, broadcasters and others that the FCC collected as part of its test of the Emergency Alert System.

The FCC promised that performance info related to the Nov. 9, 2011, test would be confidential and not released to the public, but that apparently does not mean it can't be shared with GAO.

In a notice published Monday, the FCC's Homeland Security Bureau said it had complied with a GAO request for the info, citing GAO's investigation into what progress had been made in modernizing EAS, including a review of the test results, which the FCC has now provided.

FCC rules state the informaion can be disclosed to other federal agencies unless the commission has given explicit assurances that would not be the case.