The year’s first series of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters have been released by the Federal Communications Commission.
On April 24, 2023, the Enforcement Bureau sent audit letters to randomly selected radio and television stations, totaling approximately five percent of all stations.
Stations that receive the letters must upload responses to their FCC-hosted online public inspection files by June 8, 2023. The amount of information a station must upload corresponds directly to the number of full-time employees. For example, if a station has fewer than five full-time employees, the station must list the job titles of the full-time employees, the number of hours each is assigned to work each week and a list of any EEO complaints involving the station during the current license term.
If a station employs five or more full-time employees, more details are required. Among other information, the stations must include copies of the its two most recent EEO public file reports, the total number of interviewees for each vacancy, documentation showing the results of the its recruitment initiatives as well as any EEO complaints that the station has received during the current license term.
The letter from the Enforcement Bureau also discusses rules for those stations who are subject to a time brokerage agreement. Stations are encouraged to review the EEO audit rules here, and to contact EEO staff if they have questions at [email protected] or 202-418-1450.