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Revised as of August 6, 2020
Goto Year:2019 |
§ 0.605 Procedures for announcing meetings.
(a) Notice of all open and closed meetings will be given.
(b) The meeting notice will be submitted for publication in the Federal
Register on or before the date on which the announcement is made.
Copies will be available in the Press and News Media Division on the
day the announcement is made. Copies will also be attached to “FCC
Actions Alert”, which is mailed to certain individuals and groups who
have demonstrated an interest in representing the public in Commission
(c)(1) If the agency staff determines that a meeting should be open to
the public, it will, at least one week prior to the meeting, announce
in writing the time, place and subject matter of the meeting, that it
is to be open to the public, and the name and phone number of the
Chief, Press and News Media Division, who has been designated to
respond to requests for information about the meeting.
(2) If the staff determines that a meeting should be closed to the
public, it will refer the matter to the General Counsel, who will
certify that there is (or is not) a legal basis for closing the meeting
to the public. Following action by the General Counsel, the matter may
be referred to the agency for a vote on the question of closing the
meeting (See § 0.606).
(d)(1) If the question of closing a meeting is considered by the agency
but no vote is taken, the agency will, at least one week prior to the
meeting, announce in writing the time, place and subject matter of the
meeting, that it is to be open to the public, and the name and phone
number of the Chief, Press and News Media Division.
(2) If a vote is taken, the agency will, in the same announcement and
within one day after the vote, make public the vote of each
(3) If the vote is to close the meeting, the agency will also, in that
announcement, set out a full written explanation of its action,
including the applicable provision(s) of § 0.603, and a list of persons
expected to attend the meeting, including Commission personnel,
together with their affiliations. The Commissioners, their assistants,
the General Counsel, the Executive Director, the Chief, Press and News
Media Division, and the Secretary are expected to attend all Commission
meetings. The appropriate Bureau or Office Chief and Division Chief are
expected to attend meetings which relate to their responsibilities (see
subpart A of this part).
(4) If a meeting is closed, the agency may omit from the announcement
information usually included, if and to the extent that it finds that
disclosure would be likely to have any of the consequences listed in
(e) If the prompt and orderly conduct of agency business requires that
a meeting be held less than one week after the announcement of the
meeting, or before that announcement, the agency will issue the
announcement at the earliest practicable time. In addition to other
information, the announcement will contain the vote of each member of
the agency who participated in the decision to give less than seven
days notice, and the particular reason for that decision.
(f) If, after announcement of a meeting, the time or place of the
meeting is changed or the meeting is cancelled, the agency will
announce the change at the earliest practicable time.
(g) If the subject matter or the determination to open or close a
meeting is changed, the agency will publicly announce the change and
the vote of each member at the earliest practicable time. The
announcement will contain a finding that agency business requires the
change and that no earlier announcement of the change was possible.
(47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 303)
[ 42 FR 12867 , Mar. 7, 1977, as amended at 44 FR 12425 , Mar. 7, 1979; 44 FR 70472 , Dec. 7, 1979; 64 FR 2150 , Jan. 13, 1999]
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Goto Section: 0.603 | 0.606
Goto Year: 2019 |
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