Oklahoma Native Tapped for FCC Position

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

The White House announced on January 8 that President Trump intends to nominate John Chase Johnson, a native of Oklahoma, to the position of Inspector General at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Inspector General’s office audits and investigates the FCC’s programs and operations for abuse and fraud.

The position requires Senate confirmation. The current inspector general, David Hunt, will continue to serve until Johnson is confirmed. Hunt was appointed in 2011.

Johnson is an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, where he practices in the commercial litigation and government contracts groups. He also serves as a Major and Military Judge in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Before joining Covington & Burling, Johnson served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan. He clerked for Judge Edith Clement of the Fifth Circuit and Judge Victor Wolski of the Court of Federal Claims. A native of Oklahoma, Johnson holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.