About Office of the Chief Counsel for National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for the development and administration of the NTIA legal program. NTIA is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth. For more information about NTIA as well as OCC, you may use our quick link: NTIA.
NTIA/OCC has full responsibility for the development and administration of the NTIA legal program. NTIA/OCC provides programmatic legal advice to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and all components of NTIA with regard to the powers, duties, and responsibilities of NTIA and its relationship with other government departments and agencies (particularly the Federal Communications Commission), Congress, business, industry, and private organizations, and the development and administration of NTIA policies and programs. NTIA/OCC prepares and reviews legislative proposals and statements concerning pending legislation or oversight to be made before committees of Congress, and prepares or reviews regulatory proposals and comments before regulatory agencies. NTIA/OCC also carries out additional policy development functions with significant legal orientation in coordination with other components of NTIA as the Administrator directs. NTIA/OCC is headed by a Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel with the support of attorney-advisers and administrative staff. The legal program is carried out subject to the overall authority of the Department's General Counsel.