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FCC Wireless Bureau Chief to Leave

Ruth Milkman to return to bureau as chief

The Genachowski FCC is losing another bureau chief.

Rick Kaplan is stepping down as chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Ruth Milkman, who preceded Kaplan as chief, returns to the bureau in that role after spending a year as special counsel to the chairman for Innovation in Government, where she led a team to develop proposals for procedural, regulatory and statutory changes.

Kaplan has been at the FCC since 2009, working in several posts, including chief of staff to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

The changes are effective in mid-June.

The FCC’s Public Safety & Department of Homeland Security Bureau recently lost its chief, Jamie Barnett. Communications attorney David Turetsky is the new bureau chief.

Earlier this week, the chairman announced that FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick will step down in mid-June. Deputy General Counsel Sean Lev has been promoted and will take over that post. 

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