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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 14, 1998


Chairman William E. Kennard has announced that Dale N. Hatfield will named the next Chief of the Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology, effective July 6.

In naming Hatfield to the position of Chief of OET, Chairman William E. Kennard said, "Dale has provided invaluable advice to me and the staff of the Commission on many of the extraordinarily important engineering, technical and spectrum issues facing the Commission and I am thrilled that he will bring his immense depth of knowledge and understanding of telecommunications technology and policy to the issues and concerns handled by OET. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dale and with the OET staff."

Last December, following a 15 year break from government service, Dale Hatfield joined the Commission as Chief Technologist. Between 1982 and 1997, Hatfield founded and operated a telecommunications consulting business based in Boulder, CO, and advised a wide range of clients on technology, economic and policy/regulatory issues. Hatfield also served on the board of directors of KBDI, a public television station in Denver. Prior to 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. During the mid-1970s he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC and, before that, held positions in the Office of Telecommunications Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

In addition to his work in industry and government, Hatfield has taught courses in telecommunications technology for non-engineers for many years. Since 1982 he has taught a course in telecommunications policy and regulation in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, Hatfield was the founding director of the Telecommunications Program in the University College of the University of Denver. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Case Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University.