Back in February the FCC released its new E911 standards designed to improve E911 location capability. As we reported in March, most of those new standards were to take effect in April … except for a small handful that happened to be “information collections” and thus subject to the hilariously named Paperwork Reduction Act. Thanks to that Act, those information collections have to be run past the Office of Management and Budget for its approval before they can kick into gear.
(The sections in question here: Sections 20.18(i)(2)(ii)(A) and (B); 20.18(i)(2)(iii) and (iv); 20.18(i)(3)(i), (ii), and (iii); 20.18(i)(4)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv); 20.18(j)(2) and (3). Interestingly, Section 20.18(i)(2)(iv) was not identified as an information collection back when the Commission’s Fourth Report and Order was first published in the Federal Register, so maybe it really isn’t an information collection. But who cares? One way or the other, it’s now been approved.)
We are pleased to report that, on July 20, OMB wrapped up its review and gave those remaining provisions the green light. This we know from a notice that the FCC has published in the Federal Register, which announces that those remaining provisions are in effect as of August 3, 2015.