FCC's Wheeler appoints new chief economist, cybersecurity leader

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler continues to make his mark as the regulator's leader, appointing Tim Brennan as chief economist for the agency, and Clete Johnson as chief counsel for Cybersecurity in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

Brennan currently serves as a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF).

He comes to the FCC with plenty of public policy experience. In addition to his role on the UMBC faculty, Brennan served as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 1996-1997 and in 2003-2005 served as a staff consultant to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Johnson joins the FCC from the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he worked on a number of the committee's cybersecurity efforts and served as the committee's lead staffer on financial intelligence issues.

During his tenure at the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was the designated counsel for former Intelligence Committee Chairman and present Commerce Committee Chairman Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and was staff lead for Senator Rockefeller's cybersecurity legislation and related stakeholder outreach. In addition, Johnson served as Senator Rockefeller's counsel for defense, foreign policy and international trade.

Earlier, he practiced law at Patton Boggs LLP.

For more:
- see the release

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