FCC Seeks Comment on Applying Suspension and Debarment Rules to TRS Programs and NDBEDP

Comments Due Date:  February 13, 2020

Reply Comments Due Date: March 16, 2020


On November 25, 2019, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the suspension and debarment rules and apply these rules to the four Universal Service programs, the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) programs, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).  The FCC proposes to adopt new rules consistent with the Office of Management and Budget's Guidance for Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension. 


On January 15, 2020, the FCC released a Public Notice to announce the comment due dates.  Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference GN Docket No. 19-309.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504 [at] fcc [dot] gov.     


Suspension and Debarment NPRM:

URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-new-rules-removing-bad-actors-...    

Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-120A1.docx   

PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-120A1.pdf    

Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-120A1.txt


Public Notice to Announce Comment Due Dates:

Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-74A1.docx  

PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-74A1.pdf  

Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-74A1.txt  


For information about the suspension and debarment NPRM, please contract Paula Silberthau, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 418-1874 or paula [dot] silberthau [at] fcc [dot] gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC's ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  TTY users may call the FCC's TTY number at (888) 835-5322.