Pai Proposes Moving EEO to Enforcement Bureau

Marks 50th anniversary of diversity commitment
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FCC chair Ajit Pai

FCC chair Ajit Pai

FCC chair Ajit Pai has proposed moving oversight of its Equal Employment Opportunity rules from the Media Bureau to the Enforcement Bureau.

That came on what Pai identified as the 50th anniversary of the FCC's commitment to make sure the national policy against discrimination applied to broadcast licenses as well.

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Pai circulated a proposal to the other commissioners Wednesday (July 3) based on a recommendation from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council; NAACP; National Urban League; LULAC; and Rainbow PUSH Coalition that enforcement of EEO rules should be in the Enforcement Bureau.

"Fifty years ago today, the FCC ensured that our national policy against discrimination in hiring applied to broadcasters," Pai said. "And on this important anniversary, I’m pleased to propose another step toward ensuring equal employment opportunity in the communications industry. By deploying staff tasked with enforcing the commission’s EEO rules in the Enforcement Bureau, we’ll be able to improve the FCC’s enforcement of those rules and strengthen our commitment to fighting discrimination.”

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The EEO enforcement team of attorneys and others conducts periodic random audits of broadcasters and MVPDs, along with any issues arising from those.

Pai's office pointed to some diversity efforts under his leadership, including re-authorizing the Diversity Advisory Committee and his plans to establish an incubator program for broadcast diversity, the latter part of the FCC's quadrennial review of its media ownership rules.