A year after launching a probe into management and regulatory practices at the FCC, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report on Tuesday that, in the words of outgoing committee chairman John Dingell (DMI), concludes, “in recent years, the FCC has operated in a dysfunctional manner and commission business has suffered as a result.” Written by Democratic committee members, the 110-page report focuses on FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s management style, which is described as “heavyhanded, opaque, and non-collegial.” In addition to micromanaging agency affairs and withholding key information from his fellow commissioners, Martin is accused in the report of manipulating data and suppressing information in an effort to influence policy debates both at the FCC and on Capitol Hill. In support of these assertions, the report cites, among other things, FCC report findings on cable à la carte that were issued under former FCC Chairman Michael Powell in November 2004 and that were subsequently reversed when Martin ordered that study to be rewritten. Although a bipartisan panel conducted the investigation that formed the basis of the committee report, congressional sources indicate that Republican members of the committee refused to join the report as they disagreed with its conclusions. Noting that the report stopped short of accusing Martin of violating the law, a spokesman for ranking House Energy and Commerce Committee member Joe Barton (R-TX) observed that Barton and his staff “are unconvinced that the discovery of a lack of gentility warrants much hoopla, or any hoopla at all.” Defending his actions, Martin—who is expected to step down once President-Elect Obama assumes office—proclaimed: “the process we follow here at the commission has been the same for decades and have been under chairmen Republican and Democratic alike.”