The commission’s system of monitoring complaints and punishing violators is flawed, government investigators say. The FCC disagrees.
Summary coverage by CNET.com is here, of a Government Accountability Office report that criticizes the FCC’s response to complaints.
The report itself summarizes the findings in its title: “FCC Has Made Some Progress in the Management of Its Enforcement Program but Faces Limitations, and Additional Actions Are Needed.”
Some interesting findings, as identified by RW:
Of 39,000 closed investigations by the Enforcement Bureau between 2003 and 2006, there were 3,075 involving indecency. Of those, 85 resulted in consent decrees, 11 involved a monetary fine and 2,880 were closed with no action taken.
There were 1,500 or so EAS investigations; of those, 230 produced admonishments or warnings, 53 involved fines, 69 received notices of violation and 1,181 were closed with no action.