Source: Russell, Tate Heading to FCC


President Bush is expected as early as Friday to fill two vacancies at the Federal Communications Commission, according to an informed source.

Expected to be nominated are Richard M. Russell, the White House's associate director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Deborah Taylor Tate, director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Both are Republicans.

The five-member FCC has been short one seat since the March resignation of FCC chairman Michael Powell. Bush is expected to make a second nomination because current FCC member Kathleen Abernathy has said she intends to leave the agency once her seat has been filled.