WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection – today introduced the FCC Reporting Modernization Act, legislation that would update current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reporting requirements to include all Telephone Consumer Protection Act complaints and enforcement actions regarding robocalls and spoofed phone calls. These updated reports to Congress would provide a clearer analysis of the robocall and spoofing problem and identify patterns of these harmful practices impacting consumers.
“Not only are robocalls annoying and disruptive, but they can be dangerous – too often coercing unsuspecting Americans to provide sensitive personal and financial information with highly-sophisticated deceit tactics,” said Sen. Moran. “Being able to identify the patterns scammers use will help guide Congress’ lawmaking efforts to combat this pervasive issue. Therefore, this legislation requires the FCC to provide Congress with robust reports on robocalls and spoofed phone calls so we can continue to fight this problem.”
The FCC Reporting Modernization Act requires the FCC to report the following information to Congress every year:
- Number of complaints received by the FCC alleging that a consumer received a robocall or spoofed call;
- Number of citations issued by the FCC in enforcing against such complaints;
- Number of notices of apparent liability issued by the FCC to enforce policies against robocalls or spoofed calls, along with the amount of penalties involved, the recipient of the notice and the status of the proceeding.
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