Here’s an update from the FCC in regard to my query on their Media Relations budget for “Other Contractual Services”. The original story, entitled, “FCC’s Media Relations Budget – Why the Nearly 3-fold Increase in “Other Contractual Services” & What Are Said Services Anyway?” can be seen here.
From an FCC Spokesman: "In the explanatory section for the FCC Office of Media Relations in the FCC FY 2012 Budget, underneath the expenditure chart cited in your report, there are requirements listed to "Enhance public understanding of and compliance with the Commission's regulatory requirements," and to "manage the audio and visual support services for the Commission." "Item 22 "Other Contractual Services" refers to expeditures to carry out these audio-visual services to the public. It consists of closed captioning services, sign language interpreters, and temporary technical staff for FCC public meetings, workshops, forums, advisory committee meetings, and other similar events, held both at FCC Washington headquarters and in out-of-Washington locations, that are regularly streamed live for real time (and later archived) public access. The increased budget authority request for these services reflects the nearly three-fold increase in the number of such public sessions being held by the FCC. Information on FCC public events is contained at http://reboot.fcc.gov/calendar <http://reboot.fcc.gov/calendar>."