Fowlkes Named Chief of FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Comments

Lisa M. Fowlkes was selected as chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), continuing the work she has been doing as acting chief.

“From 9-1-1 location accuracy to the resiliency of our communications networks during emergencies, the FCC plays an essential role in promoting public safety, protecting homeland security, and preparing for disasters,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I’m grateful that Lisa has agreed to continue to lead the team tasked with overseeing the agency’s work in these important areas. We must continue to be forward looking, focused and prepared in order to meet our obligations to the American people.”

The PSHSB manages the FCC’s work pertaining to public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, and disaster response and recovery. The bureau’s responsibilities include matters related to 9-1-1 communications service, public-safety communications, network reliability and resiliency, emergency preparedness, and emergency alerting. Bureau staff also works closely with federal partners and local public-safety entities.

Prior to serving as acting bureau chief, Fowlkes served as a deputy bureau chief responsible for development and implementation of FCC policies in the areas of network reliability and emergency alerting. She has also served in senior positions in the agency’s Enforcement Bureau, Office of Communications Business Opportunities, Office of General Counsel, the former Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, the former Cable Services Bureau, and as an attorney in the former Mass Media Bureau.

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