WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 - On Monday morning, in an e-mail to staff at the Federal Communication Commission, Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn issued a statement on her priorities as acting chairwoman.
Clyburn emphasized the compassionate nature of FCC employees, as well as the importance of their mission. “There is no more exciting or critical mission in government, than working to accelerate the communications revolution that’s transforming our economy, and the way we live,” she said.
Clyburn cited the example of former FCC commissioner Michael Copps, who also served as acting chairman between the inauguration of President Barack and the confirmation of former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who stepped down last Friday.
“If asked about my goals as I take this new position, I would answer without hesitation – its hallmarks will be continuity and progress,” Clyburn said.
While she acknowledged that disagreements will inevitably arise with the staff, Clyburn said she wanted to create an environment of cooperation and mutual support.
Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s choice to be FCC chairman, remains to be confirmed by the Senate. Clyburn would hold as acting chairwoman until Wheeler’s nomination is approved by the Senate.