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§ 0.41 Functions of the Office.
The Office of the General Counsel has the following duties and
(a) To advise and represent the Commission in matters of litigation.
(b) To advise and make recommendations to the Commission with respect
to proposed legislation and submit agency views on legislation when
(c) To interpret the statutes, international agreements, and
international regulations affecting the Commission.
(d) To prepare and make recommendations and interpretations concerning
procedural rules of general applicability and to review all rules for
consistency with other rules, uniformity, and legal sufficiency.
(e) To conduct research in legal matters as directed by the Commission.
(f) In cooperation with the Office of Engineering and Technology, to
participate in, render advice to the Commission, and coordinate the
staff work with respect to general frequency allocation proceedings and
other proceedings not within the jurisdiction of any single bureau, and
to render advice with respect to rule making matters and proceedings
affecting more than one bureau.
(g) To exercise such authority as may be assigned or referred to it by
the Commission pursuant to section 5(c) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended.
(h) To cooperate with the International Bureau on all matters
pertaining to space satellite communications.
(i) To interpret statutes and executive orders affecting the
Commission's national defense responsibilities, and to perform such
functions involving implementation of such statutes and executive
orders as may be assigned to it by the Commission or the Defense
(j) To perform all legal functions with respect to leases, contracts,
tort claims and such other internal legal problems as may arise.
(k) To issue determinations on matters regarding the interception and
recording of telephone conversations by Commission personnel. Nothing
in this paragraph, however, shall affect the authority of the Inspector
General to intercept or record telephone conversations as necessary in
the conduct of investigations or audits.
(l) To advise the Commission in the preparation and revision of rules
and the implementation and administration of ethics regulations and the
Freedom of Information, Privacy, Government in the Sunshine and
Alternative Dispute Resolution Acts.
(m) To assist and make recommendations to the Commission, and to
individual Commissioners assigned to review initial decisions, as to
the disposition of cases of adjudication and such other cases as, by
Commission policy, are handled in the same manner and which have been
designated for hearing.
(n) To serve as the principal operating office on ex parte matters
involving restricted proceedings. To review and dispose of all ex parte
communications received from the public and others.
(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317, 48 Stat., as
amended, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1068, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1088,
1089; 47 U.S.C. 152, 153, 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317)
[ 28 FR 12392 , Nov. 22, 1963; 37 FR 19372 , Sept. 20, 1972, as amended at
40 FR 17253 , Apr. 18, 1975; 43 FR 29006 , July 5, 1978; 44 FR 39179 ,
July 5, 1979; 46 FR 57050 , Nov. 20, 1981; 49 FR 47604 , Dec. 6, 1984; 50 FR 2985 , Jan. 23, 1985; 50 FR 49048 , Nov. 29, 1985; 51 FR 12615 , Apr.
14, 1986; 60 FR 5323 , Jan. 27, 1995; 60 FR 34901 , July 5, 1995; 62 FR 4170 , Jan. 29, 1997; 62 FR 15853 , Apr. 3, 1997; 64 FR 5950 , Feb. 8,
1999; 64 FR 57585 , Oct. 26, 1999]
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