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FCC seeks applicants for expanded IAC

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Intergovernmental Advisory Committee members in October 2017. Photo courtesy of the FCC

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FCC's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee is doubling to 30 members, wants local governments officials for two-year terms. Inform NACo of interest by March 5 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a public notice seeking applications from local elected officials to join its newly expanded Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC). 

The IAC serves as a third -party advisory board made up of representatives from state, local, tribal and territorial governments that provide the FCC with advice on issues affecting non-federal government entities.

Historically, the IAC has had 15 members; however, the FCC recently decided to expand the committee to 30 members saying it wished the committee’s membership to better represent the perspectives from relevant government sectors, as well as promote valuable, comprehensive and balanced input that reflects the views and expertise of the FCC’s regulatory partners.

Members selected to serve on the IAC do so for a two-year term, and while serving on the IAC may be directed by the chairman to produce specific deliverables that will further the FCC’s mission and objectives.

Typical duties for members of the IAC include providing guidance, gathering data and information, aiding the agency on outreach, and performing analyses that the FCC deems necessary to respond to questions or matters being taken up by the Commission.   

Current local government representatives on the IAC include:

  • Hans Riemer, council president, Montgomery County, Md. (NACo Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee member)
  • Andy Huckaba, city councilman, Lenexa, Kan.
  • Bob Fifer, mayor pro tempore, Arvada, Colo.
  • Catherine Pugh, mayor, Baltimore, Md., and
  • Kenneth S. Fellman, county attorney, Yuma County, Colo.

Elected officials from NACo member counties who are interested in applying should contact Jacob Terrell, NACo associate legislative director for telecommunications and technology, for more information by Monday, March 5.

Applications for new members are due to the FCC no later than 6 p.m. EST, on Monday, March 12. Terrell can be reached at 202.942.4236, or by email at

NACo encourages potential applicants to join NACo’s Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee to help serve as a liaison between NACo and the IAC.

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