Leslie Stimson of Radio World /
FCC Beefs Up Enforcement Bureau
The FCC has a new chief enforcer, so to speak
Katherine Winfree is now chief of the Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau. She joins
the commission from nearby Maryland, where she was chief deputy attorney
general for the state. As such, Winfree was the second highest law
enforcement officer in the Old Line State.
Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau Travis LeBlanc calls Winfree
“a seasoned prosecutor, proven manager and dynamic leader,” whose skills
will further help the bureau to “aggressively enforce the
communications laws and combat fraud, waste and abuse in a manner that
is tough, fair and efficient.”
Winfree is a nationally recognized leader in the area of prosecution
and law enforcement, according to the commission. She supervised the 32
divisions of the Maryland AG’s Office; Last year, she successfully
represented the state before the U.S. Supreme Court in Maryland v. King, in which the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Maryland DNA Collection Act.
Previously, Winfree was a federal and state prosecutor for nearly two
decades, trying high-profile cases including federal public corruption
cases and the prosecution of the Beltway snipers.