As of Wednesday, theFederal Trade Commission once again has five commissioners, ending a year of neglect that reduced the government agency most directly involved with protecting our privacy is down to just two commissioners and, since Friday, only one.
The personnel shortage at the FTC starts at the top, where the departures of Obama-administration nomineeswent almost a year without being offset by nominations of new commissioners by the Trump administration.
By last February, the FTC was down to only two commissioners: acting chairMaureen K. Ohlhausen, a Republican nominee, andTerrell McSweeny, a Democratic nominee. And last month, McSweeny announced her own resignation, leaving just Ohlhausen–whom President Trump nominated in January to serve as a federal judge.
(The Senate confirmed five FTC nominees last week, leaving one to be sworn in to take Ohlhausen’s spot once she is confirmed.)
It’s downright strange, given all the collective angst over privacy issues we’ve had throughout the last few years. And it’s even stranger in light of the<a href=”https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-can-expect-fcc-kills-net-neutrality-153211716.html”> <span style=”font-w
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