WASHINGTON — FCC Intl. Bureau Chief Donald Gips is ankling the regulatory agency to become Vice President Gore’s chief domestic policy advisor.
Gips will replace Greg Simon, who announced two months ago that he wanted to leave the White House. Like Si-mon, Gips is expected to be a key player in the Clinton administration in the area of telecommunications policy.
As a top Gore aide, Simon supervised negotiations over new kidvid rules and TV program ratings. Gips is expected to take a leading role in the so-called Gore commission, which is being created to propose public-interest obliga-tions from broadcasters as they enter the digital age.
Gips’ arrival at the White House also strengthens the already strong ties between FCC chairman Reed Hundt and Gore. Hundt hired Gips at the FCC three years ago and promoted him to the international bureau chief job last year. Hundt and Gore have been friends since high school. Gips refused to comment on his new job, pending offi-cial announcement from the White House, which is expected today.