Susan Crawford, Kevin Werbach to head team

Barack Obama has selected two academics to review the Federal Communications Commission and make policy and personnel recommendations.

Susan Crawford, a communications and Internet law professor at the U of Michigan, will team with Kevin Werbach, an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at U of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Both have insider experience: Until 2002, Crawford was a partner with the bluechip D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (which has since become WilmerHale); Werbach served as a new technology counselor in the FCC during the Clinton administration.

The FCC review team is one of many agency review teams that are expected “to provide the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and key advisors with information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration,” according to the Obama transition’s Web site, While the teams alone will not decide who will lead the respective agencies, they will nonetheless “ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in.”

Crawford and Werbach are expected to begin work either Monday or Tuesday.

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