FCC Acting Chairman Michael Copps is cleaning house.
The Democrat is uprooting old Kevin Martin appointees and replacing them with people he expects to help him achieve greater transparency and public accountability.
So far, Derek Poarch, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, has been replaced, as has Helen Domenici, who led the International Bureau.
David Furth succeeds Poarch, a Martin crony who came under fire in a Congressional report issued late last year for “routinely” violating government travel standards, failing to charge for annual leave and falsifying his time and attendance records.
Copps chose John Giusti, former deputy bureau chief under Domenici, to head the international unit.
Both changes take effect at close of business today.
Even though Copps is acting chairman until President Obama names a permanent replacement, he’s not playing bench-warmer. Rather, the long-time Democratic commissioner is making drastic, much-needed changes at an agency that, over the past eight years, has evaded openness and created an internal atmosphere of fear.