FCC Chairman Kevin Martin got slapped on the wrist in a new congressional report (PDF) from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that does little more than throw water under a bridge. Martin’s days are numbered at the FCC and President-elect Barack Obama is presumably vetting candidates to replace him when he takes office next month. The 110-page report detailed Martin’s alleged decisions to demote veteran staff, place inexperienced employees in top positions and cut other commissioners’ direct access to staff. But while the report is scathing, it really has no teeth and poses no real concern for Martin, who is on his way out.
The panel accuses him of manipulating and suppressing information from fellow FCC commissioners and members of Congress under a general abuse of power. Worse yet, it issued the report without the typical round of congressional hearings because