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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).

November 6, 1997


Magalie Roman Salas has been named Secretary of the FCC.

Salas began her career at the Commission in 1979, as an attorney in the Television Branch, Mass Media Bureau. In 1982 she joined the Administrative Law Division, Office of General Counsel, where she developed expertise in handling legal issues and litigation pertaining to personnel, procurement, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and broadcasters' equal employment opportunity programs. Since July 1994, Salas has been Acting Chief of the Compliance and Information Bureau's Compliance Division, where she has implemented the Bureau's compliance initiatives.

She received a B.A., cum laude, from Trinity College, Washington, DC, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and she received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. She is a member of the D.C. Bar.

In announcing her appointment as the Commission's Secretary, Chairman William E. Kennard said: "I have asked Magalie to lead the Commission's initiative to modernize the Secretary's responsibilities as custodian of the Commission's records, and to strengthen the Secretary's function to provide guidance on legal issues pertaining to the filing of documents with the Commission, the public's communications with Commission staff, and the Commission's meeting procedures. As I look at Magalie's broad experience with the Commission's programs, her exemplary public service record, her poise and excellent legal judgment, I know she will be extremely effective in this role."

Chairman Kennard also praised Bill Caton, the current Acting Secretary, noting "Bill has been an excellent Acting Secretary for the Commission for the past four years. I am delighted he will be staying in that Office and know his background and experience will be invaluable there."

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