The Office of Legislative Affairs is the FCC’s primary liaison to Congress. The office provides lawmakers with information regarding FCC regulatory decisions, answers to policy questions, assistance with constituent concerns, and responses to Congressional inquiries. 

Contact Information

Office of Legislative Affairs
Federal Communications Commission
45 L Street NE
Washington, DC 20554
Telephone: (202) 418-1900
Facsimile: (202) 418-2806

Vacant,  Director

The Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs oversee the Commission’s relationship with Congress. The Director, Deputy Director and the OLA staff work to provide lawmakers with information regarding decisions and policies adopted by the agency as well as acting as a resource to Congress on technical matters in legislation.  

Jim Balaguer, Deputy Director - In addition to his duties as Deputy Director, Jim is the lead liaison to Congress on issues out of the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau including universal service, broadband adoption, and the Internet Protocol transition. Jim can be reached at or 202.418.1915.


OLA Policy Team:

Jill Pender, Chief Legislative Policy Counsel - Jill is responsible for budget and appropriations issues as well as work that arises out of the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and Office of the Managing Director (OMD).  Jill also develops educational programs to assist Congressional staff in learning more about the FCC’s activities.  Jill can be reached at or 202.418.2947.

Lori Maarbjerg, Chief of Staff and Senior Attorney Advisor – Lori’s work is focused on the issues that are handled by the Media Bureau, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, and the International Bureau.  These include such things as radio and TV stations, cable operators, satellite radio and TV, and robocalls. Lori can be reached at or 202.418.1908.

Rebecca Brown, Attorney Advisor - Rebecca handles issues related to the Wireless Bureau and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. These issues include E911, cybersecurity, operability and interoperability, as well as wireless spectrum, auctions and tower siting. Rebecca can be reached at or 202.418-2754.

Jonathan Cannon, Attorney Advisor - Jonathan handles issues related to privacy, numbering and number portability, suicide hotline, intercarrier compensation, and rural call completion within the Wireline Competition Bureau.  Jonathan can be reached at or 202.418.7590.

Joy Medley, Legislative Policy Specialist – Joy handles legislative tracking, processing of Congressional reports, and special projects. Joy can be reached at or 202.418.1907

Congressional Correspondence Team:

Alethea Lewis, Senior Congressional Liaison Specialist – Alethea is responsible for policy-related correspondence directed for the Chairman's attention as well as day-to-day operation and tracking of the FCC's Congressional Correspondence response process.  Alethea can be reached at or 202.418.0103

Support Team:

Chelle Richmond, Staff Assistant – Chelle is responsible for general office support.