Fairfax County Agency Director Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee


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Sept. 4, 2003

 

Fairfax County Agency Director Appointed to
FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

Ron Mallard, director of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection, has been appointed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to a newly established Consumer Advisory Committee. Mallard is the only representative of local governments and is representing the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators on the FCC committee.

The remaining 34 members of the committee include representatives of industry and special interest groups from throughout the United States. Issues that the Consumer Advisory Committee will address are deployment of broadband services and improved consumer input into FCC decision making, including recommendations for modifying how the FCC conducts its regulatory role.

Mallard has lent his expertise in the communications and consumer protection areas to a number of other advisory boards, including a recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. This organization is a non-profit that was begun about 25 years ago in the D.C. area and has grown with tremendous success as the “standard of excellence” in the automotive service industry for certifying qualified automotive mechanics/technicians. Automotive repairs are the number one consumer complaint problem throughout the country, and Mallard’s participation on the NIASE’s board allows him to have direct influence on the programs of NIASE.

Mallard also serves as vice chair of TeleCommUnity, a telecommunications alliance of local governments throughout the nation that lobbies Congress to represent the interests of local governments and their constituents on matters of federal telecommunications and broadband legislation. In addition, he is president of the Virginia Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, an organization of senior government officials from 30 Virginia cities and counties.

Two years ago, Mallard was appointed to the Board of Directors of Consumer Credit Counseling of Greater Washington, a non-profit organization that recently grew to become a national organization that provides counseling to individuals with high debt problems. Mallard’s appointment recognizes Fairfax County as a leader in the field of consumer protection and education.

Mallard joined Fairfax County government in 1973 as a budget analyst in the Office of Management and Budget. In 1975, he was named deputy director of the Department of Consumer Affairs and became director in 1978. Several years later, he was appointed director of the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. Mallard holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Richmond. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

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