FCC Office of Legislative Affairs To Get A New Director


The Associate Bureau Chief of the Commission’s Media Bureau, in his role since April 2019, has been chosen to lead the FCC’s Congressional affairs team.

This individual served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs during President George W. Bush’s first term and worked for Michael Powell following several private sector roles.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday (1/13) announced his intent to appoint Paul A. Jackson as Director of the OLA.

It’s D.C. language for an appointment that’s all but inevitable for an individual with a bevy of experience in the post.

And, it results in a shift in duties for Tim Strachan, “who will continue his work at the FCC
in the Office of General Counsel,” the Commission notes.

Strachan, once a nationally ranked high school quarterback who has been a motivational speaker since 1994, has been OLA Director since being appointed to the role in January 2017 by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Terrapins football fans may also recognize Strachan as the color commentator who sat alongside Johnny Holiday for all University of Maryland football games on the Maryland Radio Network from 1996 through 2017.

Speaking of Jackson, Chairman Pai cited the Media Bureau associate chief’s “deep policy experience at the FCC and on Capitol Hill” as a great asset. “I thank him for his willingness to take on this important task and to serve as our point person in working with Congress,” Pai said.

Jackson has worked on Capitol Hill, and from June 2017-February 2019 was a “Professional Staff Member,” working in the House on the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

For 6 1/2 years prior to that, he operated his own consultancy. From February 2004-November 2010 he served as Director/Government Relations for News Corp.

That role came following more than six years of service at the FCC, where he started as a special assistant to Commissioner Powell in November 1997.

Early career experience includes roles at Hewlett-Packard, in 1990 and 1991.

The Office of Legislative Affairs is tasked with managing all communications to and from
Congress on behalf of the FCC. The office helps the agency’s senior leadership respond to
inquiries from Congress. The OLA also helps facilitate FCC expert staff in providing guidance to legislators and Congressional staff on policies and technology that the FCC deals with regularly.

Pai also took a moment to thank Strachan “for his excellent work” over the last three years.

“He has been a rock-solid leader throughout his tenure, including on high-profile issues like spectrum policy and restoring Internet freedom, and his outstanding work in helping the FCC’s expert staff make impactful contributions to important legislation like the MOBILE NOW Act and RAY BAUM’S Act will be long-lasting and meaningful,” Pai said. “He has helped me prepare for hearings with an unparalleled wisdom, humility, and humor. He’s been an invaluable resource for the FCC and a good friend to me for a decade-and-a-half.”

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