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FCC 0.21
Revised as of December 20, 2018
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  § 0.21   Functions of the Office.

   The Office of Economics and Analytics advises and makes recommendations
   to the Commission in the areas of economic and data analysis and data
   management policy. The Office reviews all Commission actions involving
   significant economic or data analysis and provides expertise, guidance,
   and assistance to the Bureaus and other Offices in applying the
   principles of economic and data analysis. The Office coordinates the
   Commission's research and development activities relating to economic
   and data analysis and data management policy. In addition, the Office
   serves, in close coordination with other relevant Bureaus and Offices,
   as a principal resource for policy and administrative staff of the
   Commission with regard to the design, implementation, and
   administration of auctions. The Office also establishes and implements
   Commission data management policies in conjunction with the relevant
   Bureaus and Offices and with the Office of Managing Director and Office
   of General Counsel. The Office of Economics and Analytics has the
   following duties and responsibilities:

   (a) Identifies and evaluates significant communications policy issues,
   based on the principles and methods of economics and data analysis.

   (b) Collaborates with and advises other Bureaus and Offices in the
   areas of economic and data analysis and with respect to the analysis of
   benefits, costs, and regulatory impacts of Commission policies, rules,
   and proposals.

   (c) Prepares a rigorous, economically-grounded cost-benefit analysis
   for every rulemaking deemed to have an annual effect on the economy of
   $100 million or more.

   (d) Confirms that the Office of Economics and Analytics has reviewed
   each Commission rulemaking to ensure it is complete before release to
   the public.

   (e) Reviews and comments on all significant issues of economic and data
   analysis raised in connection with actions proposed to be taken by the
   Commission and advises the Commission regarding such issues.

   (f) Develops, recommends, and implements data management policies in
   conjunction with the Office of Managing Director, the Office of General
   Counsel, and relevant Bureaus and Offices, and collaborates with and
   advises other Bureaus and Offices with respect to data management and
   data analysis.

   (g) Manages the Commission's economic and data analysis research
   programs, recommends budget levels and priorities for these programs,
   and serves as central account manager for all contractual economic and
   data analysis research studies funded by the Commission.

   (h) Conducts economic, statistical, cost-benefit, and other data
   analysis of the impact of existing and proposed communications policies
   and operations, including cooperative studies with other staff units
   and consultant and contract efforts as appropriate.

   (i) Coordinates the Commission's evaluation of government (state and
   federal), academic, and industry-sponsored research affecting
   Commission policy.

   (j) Coordinates with other Bureaus and Offices in making
   recommendations to the Commission on communications policy issues that
   involve economic and data analysis, to include cost-benefit analysis;
   represents the Commission at appropriate discussions and conferences.

   (k) Develops and recommends procedures and plans for effective economic
   and data analysis, to include cost-benefit analysis, within the
   Commission.

   (l) Seeks to ensure that FCC policy encourages and promotes competitive
   markets by providing Bureaus and Offices with the necessary support to
   identify, evaluate, and resolve competition issues.

   (m) In conjunction with the relevant subject matter Bureau, serves as
   the Commission's principal policy and administrative staff resource
   with regard to the design, implementation, and administration of
   auctions and other types of competitive bidding.

   (n) Administers Commission spectrum auctions for wireless
   telecommunications in conjunction with the Wireless Telecommunications
   Bureau. Administers Commission spectrum auctions for broadcasting in
   conjunction with the Media Bureau. Works with the Wireless
   Telecommunications Bureau to develop recommendations to the Commission
   on policies, programs and rules concerning auctions of spectrum for
   wireless telecommunications. In conjunction with the Wireless
   Telecommunications Bureau, Media Bureau, Wireline Competition Bureau,
   and other relevant Bureaus and Offices, advises the Commission on
   policy relating to auctions and competitive bidding to achieve other
   Commission policy objectives. Administers procurement of
   auction-related services from outside contractors. Provides policy,
   administrative and technical assistance to other Bureaus and Offices on
   auction issues.

   (o) In conjunction with the Wireline Competition Bureau and Wireless
   Telecommunications Bureau, provides policy and administrative staff
   resources for the use of market-based mechanisms, including competitive
   bidding, to distribute universal service support.

   (p) With respect to applicable data and reporting duties assigned to
   the Office, coordinates with the Public Safety and Homeland Security
   Bureau and other relevant Bureaus and Offices on all matters affecting
   public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency
   management, disaster management, and related issues.

   (q) With respect to applicable data and reporting duties assigned to
   the Office, and in coordination with the Wireline Competition Bureau
   and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, provides federal staff
   support for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and the
   Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations.

   (r) In coordination with other relevant Bureaus and Offices, provides
   economic, financial, and technical analyses of communications markets
   and provider performance.

   (s) In coordination with the Wireline Competition Bureau, provides
   technical support for de novo review of decisions of the Administrative
   Council for Terminal Attachments regarding technical criteria pursuant
   to § 68.614.

   (t) Prepares briefings, position papers, and proposed Commission
   actions, as appropriate.

   (u) In coordination with other relevant Bureaus and Offices, develops
   and recommends responses to legislative, regulatory or judicial
   inquiries and proposals concerning or affecting matters within the
   purview of its functions.

   [ 83 FR 63075 , Dec. 7, 2018]

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