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FCC - 5254 - Technological Advisory Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameTechnological Advisory CouncilAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number5254
Original Establishment Date12/11/1998Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date5/17/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
Date Of Renewal Charter5/17/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Youngil
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameMichael
Specific Termination AuthorityAgency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Ha
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-2099
Effective Date Of Authority*12/11/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-418-1918
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Independent Regulatory AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The TAC will provide technical advice to the Federal Communications Commission and make recommendations on the issues and questions presented to it by the FCC. The TAC will also address questions that are referred to the Council by the FCC Chairman, or by the FCC Chief Technologist or Chief Engineer. The questions directed to TAC will relate to technological and technical issues in the field of communications. TAC members will conduct the necessary research and, otherwise, gather the information necessary to carry out these activities.
How is membership balanced?*Members have been selected to balance the expertise and viewpoints that are necessary to address effectively the new technology issues that will be directed to TAC. Members are recognized experts in their fields and, for private sector companies, individuals who hold technical executive positions such as Chief Technical Officer or Senior Technical Manager.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Three meetings were held during the fiscal year. During meetings, members should be prepared for vigorous debate with their peers on TAC as well as with FCC staff. The opportunity for this face-to-face debate will help to clarify issues and improve the recommendations of TAC.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Rapid advances in technology have resulted in innovations in how telecommunications services are provided to, and are accessed by, users of these services. Many of these advances are increasing the rate of convergence among categories of services that have traditionally been viewed as distinct, such as cable television services, telephony, data services, and internet services. Regulations must be examined in light of these technology advances, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must remain abreast of these new developments in technology so that it can effectively fulfill its responsibilities under the Communications Act. The Commission must rely on outside expertise, such as in the forum provided by TAC, to stay abreast of these developments.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAgency considers Technological Advisory Committee input when deciding how to allocate engineering and technical resources.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentHeightened awareness at Federal Communications Commission of new and emerging technological trends that bear on critical communications regulatory and policy decicions. Identification of issues or regulatory rules that inhibit deployment of technology.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*115Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Technological Advisory Committee provides value by briefing the Commission on relevant technical issues. These included detailed recommendations to facilitate the deployment of broadband technology, recommendations to deal with the transition of the Public Switched Telephone Network, and recommendations that would promote the continued evolution of wireless technologies.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*16.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe nature of the recommendations are broad and many of them will necessarily encompass feedback from other agencies and the public. Many of them will also entail efforts that will be accomplished over a period of years. It is expected that in this long term process, the initial recommendations of the TAC members will likely be modified in part to meet existing circumstances.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*28.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe number of partially implemented of TAC recommendations vary from year to year, but generally a higher percentage of recommendations will partially be acted upon than fully implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentA number of documents have been prepared by the TAC to explain their work. These are available at the TAC website: Current status and details can be found at
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback provided at meetings.Narrative Description*The Technological Advisory Committee provides important insight to the Federal Communications Commission on technical issues that bear on communications policy and regulation.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$175,769.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$175,769.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$2,174.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,200.00
Total Costs$177,943.00Est. Total Next FY*$177,969.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.89Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.89
Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 3 out of 4 meetings were held virtually in FY2020.Est Cost RemarksDue to the COVID019 Pandemic, we anticipate that meetings may be held virtually in FY2021.
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Broadcasting and Communications
Computer Technology
Disaster Assistance


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035124Technological Advisory Council2019
 COM-032807Technological Advisory Council2018
 COM-001494Technological Advisory Council2017
 COM-002528Technological Advisory Council2016
 COM-003904Technological Advisory Council2015
 COM-004642Technological Advisory Council2014
 COM-005984Technological Advisory Council2013
 COM-007043Technological Advisory Council2012
 COM-008111Technological Advisory Council2011
 COM-008954Technological Advisory Council2010
 COM-009931Technological Advisory Council2009
 COM-011106Technological Advisory Council2008
 COM-012011Technological Advisory Council2007
 COM-012929Technological Advisory Council2006
 COM-013897Technological Advisory Council2005
 COM-014634Technological Advisory Council2004
 COM-015777Technological Advisory Council2003
 COM-016496Technological Advisory Council2002
 COM-017760Technological Advisory Council2001
 COM-018598Technological Advisory Council2000
 COM-019717Technological Advisory Council1999