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Chairman Pai Announces Leighton As Chief of Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis


Economist Helping Chart the Path Forward for Planned Economics & Data Office


WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced that the agency has chosen Wayne Leighton as chief of the FCCs Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, continuing the work he has been doing as acting chief.

Good public policy relies on a wide swath of experts including economists, policy analysts, technology experts, and strategic thinkers.  Wayne and his team serve this purpose for the FCC and do a wonderful job at it, said Chairman Pai.  Im very pleased that Wayne has agreed to continue his work in this area.  Specifically, Waynes leadership in developing recommendations for establishing the FCCs future Office of Economics and Data has been invaluable and will be key to establishing an important new office.

The Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis helps the Commission develop strategic plans, identify the agencys policy objectives, and provide analysis and advice regarding complex, novel communications issues.  The office includes numerous economists, engineers, and policy experts working on various projects for the agency.

Prior to serving as acting chief, Mr. Leighton served as a senior economist in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and as wireless advisor to then-FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.  Prior to his FCC service, Mr. Leighton worked for an economic consulting firm, was senior economist with the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and has been a professor of economics at Universidad Francisco Marroqun in Guatemala.  He earned a doctorate in economics from George Mason University and undergraduate degrees in business and economics from Texas A&M University.


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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).