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Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC)

The Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) is responsible for the development and administration of the NTIA legal program.

OCC provides legal advice and counsel to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and all components of NTIA with regard to the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the agency; its relationship with other government departments and agencies, Congress, industry, and private organizations; and the development and administration of NTIA policies and programs.

OCC prepares and reviews legislative proposals and statements concerning pending legislation or oversight to be made before committees of Congress, and prepares or reviews regulatory proposals and comments before regulatory agencies.

OCC also carries out additional policy development functions with significant legal orientation in coordination with other components of NTIA as the Administrator directs. These activities are executed subject to the overall authority of the Department's General Counsel.

Chief Counsel: Kathy Smith
Deputy Chief Counsel: Milton Brown


Office of Chief Counsel
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-1816
Fax: (202) 501-8013