[ Text Version]

fcclogo NEWS

Federal Communications Commission
1919 - M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

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 3, 1997


Chairman William E. Kennard has named John Nakahata to be his Chief of Staff.

Nakahata had been Acting Deputy Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau since September 1997.

In announcing the appointment Chairman Kennard said, "John Nakahata is an exceptionally well qualified Chief of Staff. He has extensive experience with the issues the FCC will be facing in the future. He is well qualified, and has been well liked and respected by all the Commissioners."

He came to the Commission in April 1995 to serve as Special Assistant to then- Chairman Reed Hundt. In May 1996 he was named Hundt's Senior Legal Advisor. From January to September 1997 he was Associate General Counsel, heading the Competition Division.

Before coming to the FCC he was staff director of the Subcommittee on Regulation and Government Information, Senate Committee on Government Affairs. The subcommittee was chaired by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT). In that position, he worked on a variety of issues relating to government management and effective regulation, including the issue of labeling of violent content in video games, liability reform and investigation of government waste. He also advised Senator Lieberman, who was an original cosponsor of the Cable Television Consumer Protection Act of 1992, on telecommunications issues.

Prior to his position with Senator Lieberman, Nakahata was with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Washington, DC. He was also a law clerk for the late Judge John Pratt, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nakahata holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

- FCC -