Furthermore, H.R. 4510 would consolidate several disparate required agency reports into a consolidated annual report. And the NTIA would be required to prepare a strategy report on closing the digital divide.
Over the past few years, the NTIA's role in coordinating among executive branch agencies regarding federal spectrum policy and federal agency spectrum use has taken on added importance. The federal government is the primary user of a significant amount of valuable spectrum, and the NTIA plays a critical role to facilitate the repurposing of spectrum for private commercial use. By strengthening the position of the NTIA Administrator, H.R. 4510 hopefully will contribute positively to the agency's effectiveness in serving that role. At the same time, as pointed out in my July 14 blog post, "Successful Interagency Coordination Requires Discipline from the Top," presidential leadership appears to be a necessary ingredient for ensuring that executive branch agencies act in a disciplined manner and comply with interagency processes regarding federal agency spectrum use and the repurposing of spectrum for private use.
In all, H.R. 4510 appears to be a reasonable piece of legislation. The unanimous approval it has received at the committee and subcommittee levels bodes well for the bill's chances of passage by the House of Representatives.