Rep. Darrell Issa probing Genachowski/White House connection


Was FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in close consultation with the White House when the Commission was formulating its network neutrality policy? He sure was visiting there frequently, and Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants to know why.

Issa was not satisfied with answers received from a similar query earlier, and is back for more information from Genachowski, which he wants delivered no later than 4/5/11.

Rep. Issa is particularly concerned about the high volume of visits Genachowski paid to the White House over the course of about two years stretching from January 2009 until November 2010. His name appears in the logs 81 times.

According to reports, the FCC contends that its interaction with the White House has been entirely within the rules. But Issa wants full disclosure on who Genachowski met with and what the topic was.

RBR-TVBR observation: What would be more shocking – that the head of a government agency and the president who placed the person in charge discuss policy from time to time, or the fact that somehow it is against the rules for them to discuss policy from time to time? Washington is one crazy town.