Fowlkes Gets Full Nod As FCC’s Public Safety, Security Head


The Acting Bureau Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau need not rely on a script or any improvisation. That’s because she’s no longer acting in this role.

Lisa M. Fowlkes on Tuesday (6/13) was selected by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve in the role as Chief.

This extends work she has done as acting chief since being promoted from Deputy Bureau Chief, where she was responsible for development and implementation of FCC policies in the areas of cybersecurity, communications reliability and emergency alerting.

“From 911 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 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 Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau 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 911 communications service, public safety communications, network reliability and resiliency, emergency preparedness, and emergency alerting.  Bureau staff also work closely with federal partners and local public safety entities.

Fowlkes 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 & Private Wireless Division, the former Cable Services Bureau, and as an attorney in the former Mass Media Bureau, where she began her career in September 1990.

From late 1997 through late 1999, Fowlkes was a Senior Associate at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhardt, McPherson and Hand.