Items fromFCC Daily Digest, March 24, 2015

 1) The FCC proposed budget for FY 2016 includes proposed closure of 16 field offices and establishment of a “Tiger team” based in Maryland that could travel to address issues in the field.   Chairman Wheeler quotes a $9M annual savings from the field office closures.  FCC also proposes to move its headquarters to different facilities by the time its current lease is up in 2017.  (slide summary)  (Chairman’s statement)

 2)  The FCC released the agenda for the joint FCC and FDA workshop on medical technology innovation being held at FCC headquarters on March 31, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. According to the FCC Public Notice,  the workshop will convene experts from industry, medicine, academia, and government to focus on the role of wireless medical test beds and their influence on the development of converged medical technology for clinical and non-clinical settings. It also indicates that a wireless test bed is an environment where devices can be evaluated across a range of interference scenarios.