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FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Gets New Chief

Long-time attorney David Turetsky gets the nod

The FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, which governs EAS, will have a new bureau chief before the June 30 CAP deadline. That’s when stations must have Common Alerting Protocol-compliant EAS gear in their stations.

Long-time communications attorney David Turetsky is the new bureau chief of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau. He comes to the commission after Memorial Day from Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he was a partner. At the firm, Turetsky focused on several regulated industries, including telecom, media, satellite, energy and transportation.

Turetsky replaces Jamie Barnett, who left the post at the end of April to return to the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a science and technology think tank.

In the interim, David Furth has been acting chief of the PSHSB. He will resume his job as deputy bureau chief once Turetsky reports to the Portals.

Turetsky’s experience includes stints as deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust in the Justice Department and a senior lawyer and officer for Teligent, a fixed-wireless telecommunications and broadband services company.

He was twice appointed by federal courts and the FCC as the management trustee of rural U.S. mobile wireless businesses required to be divested as a condition of a merger approval. During his time in the Clinton administration Antitrust Division, Turetsky was involved in the shaping of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He has also been a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.