On January 5, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced the members selected for the second term of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy, will co-chair the DAC along with Sam Joehl, principal technical consultant for the SSB BART Group.
Purpose and Functions of the DAC
The DAC was established in December 2014 to make recommendations to the FCC on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the FCC and to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The DAC is organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The DAC’s first term expired on December 29, 2016. During its second term, the DAC will have subcommittees on emergency communications, relay/equipment distribution, technology transitions, and video programming.