US Federal Communications Commission’s acting chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn has appointed Mark Stephens as acting managing director and David Bray as the Commission’s chief information officer. In addition, David Valdez has been appointed as special counsel to Clyburn’s office.
As acting managing director, Stephens will manage the Commission's budget and financial programmes, HR, contracts, purchasing, communications, computer services, physical space, security and distribution of official FCC documents. In his role as CIO, Bray will implement a tech-forward strategy to equip workers with effective technology, cut costs and shift the Commission’s IT trajectory towards cloud-based services. Stephens and Bray, along with other senior managers, will work in the Office of the Managing Director (OMD) to coordinate the administration and management of the Commission. Valdez will oversee issues relating to regulatory reforms to facilitate innovation in government and assist in managing the FCC’s various advisory committees.
Most recently, Bray served as executive director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the US Intelligence Community. From 2010-2011, he chaired a subcommittee focused on White House-level efforts to improve relations among the information integration, network interoperability and civil liberties activities of the US government.
Valdez held several public policy positions in the public and private sector before joining the FCC. He most recently served as senior director for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and prior to that he was Verizon’s vice president for the Northwest region, which followed a position as Verizon’s chief privacy officer. Valdez also served as an attorney-advisor with the office of chief counsel at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the US Department of Commerce earlier in his career.
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