GAO slams FCC

The Government Accountability Office has given the FCC’s regulatory fee process a low grade, saying that it needs to be brought up to date. Specifically, the Commission is relying on fee categories established in 1998; the GAO notes, “After 13 years in a rapidly-changing industry, the FCC has not validated the extent to which its fees correlate to its workload.”

The GAO suggests that the Commission look at alternative the approaches adopted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and even the Canadian Radio-Television Commission, all of which assess fees based on a continuously-updated analysis of costs.