Ajit Pai Wants to Move EEO Enforcement Duties Inside the FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared a proposal on Tuesday to move the agency’s oversight of its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules from the Commission’s Media Bureau to its Enforcement Bureau. Several civil rights organizations including the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), NAACP, National Urban League, LULAC, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition first made the recommendation earlier this year, saying that oversight change would strengthen the FCC’s commitment to fighting discrimination. The MMTC specifically pointed out how the commission’s EEO rules helped smooth the way for Pai to become the first Indian American FCC Chairman, as well as for Mignon Clyburn to become the first woman interim Chair and first Black woman Commissioner of the FCC. Pai followed their recommendation, in what he identified as the 50th anniversary of the FCC's action to make sure the national policy against discrimination applied to broadcast licenses as well. “Fifty years ago today, the FCC ensured that our national policy against discrimination in hiring applied to broadcasters. And on this important anniversary, I’m pleased to propose another step toward ensuring equal employment opportunity in the communications industry,” Pai said in a press release. “By deploying staff tasked with enforcing the Commission’s EEO rules in the Enforcement Bureau, we’ll be able to improve the FCC’s enforcement of those rules and strengthen our commitment to fighting discrimination.” More here.