• As part of a review of the Enforcement Bureau’s Field operations, the Commission ordered the closure of 11 of the 24 Field offices.  These closures, along with a new requirement that Field agents have an electrical engineering background, will result in a reduction in Field staff from 98 to 54 employees.  The Commission said that cost savings from the personnel reductions and other steps will not be used to increase the number of full- time non-field related employees in the headquarters (Washington, D.C.) office of the Enforcement Bureau.  The Office of Managing Director has indicated that the Commission hopes to complete the closures by February 2016.
    • The Commission also directed the Enforcement Bureau to establish procedures for industry and public safety complainants to escalate their complaints within the Field organization and indicated that the Commission will “continue to work with outside stakeholders to develop a comprehensive policy and enforcement approach” to pirate radio.  The Enforcement Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing steps it will take to enhance its public safety and industry complaint intake and case management systems, including an escalation procedure.
    • With respect to pirate radio, in response to congressional inquiries, the Chairman stated the problem “cannot be solved by enforcement alone,” given FCC staffing constraints and the higher priority given to matters involving “imminent threat to public safety or directly harming large number of consumers,” and announced the creation of an inter-Bureau task force to develop policy and enforcement options. Subsequently, Commissioner O’Rielly issued a “Draft Pirate Radio Policy and Enforcement Statement,” which proposed a “vigorous campaign of enforcement activity to direct and permanently terminate all pirate radio stations” as well as an educational component.
  • The Enforcement Bureau issued three $15,000 NALs against pirate radio operators with a history of unlawful operation.  Two of the NALs noted that the Bureau had previously issued Notices of Unauthorized Operation against property owners.