Spectrum Management: NTIA Should Improve Spectrum Reallocation Planning and Assess Its Workforce, Report to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "Almost all spectrum has been allocated for the federal government, commercial sector, or other nonfederal use. However, the demand for spectrum continues to grow, especially from the commercial sector as it seeks to deploy and improve 5G [fifth generation] mobile service. NTIA [National Telecommunications and Information Administration] is responsible for managing the federal government's spectrum use and plays a key role alongside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies in helping to reallocate federal spectrum for commercial use. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review NTIA's spectrum management activities. This report examines, among other objectives, the extent to which NTIA (1) has developed a planning process for spectrum reallocations and (2) identified and assessed the competencies needed to manage federal spectrum's use. GAO reviewed relevant NTIA documentation and compared it with applicable leading practices. GAO interviewed officials from NTIA and other agencies, representing a variety of non-generalizable viewpoints. [...] GAO is making three recommendations, including that NTIA should develop plans for executing spectrum reallocations and assess its workforce for competency gaps in key spectrum management occupations. The Department of Commerce concurred with the recommendations."

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