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Behind the Limelight: An Interview with the Advisors for Five Key Regulators

Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 1998

doesn't smother the new market and hinder innovation in product offerings¼ that we don't try to steer the market too much.

How is seamless policy developed while faces on the commission change? The commission develops long-term approaches to industries. In 1993, we issued a telecommunications infrastructure strategy. That's been a driving force. In fact, only two commissioners out of the current group were there when we established that policy. By the end of the year there will be no commissioners. This is something we're fairly used to.

What is the most common misperception of regulators? How do you change that? I think the biggest misperception is that regulators don't understand business. Increasingly, regulators (em and particularly Commissioner Knight (em come from a business background and they [do] understand business. Oftentimes¼ the business community doesn't present the issues as business issues. It's sometimes masked as legal issues or economic arguments.

I've been a career regulator so far, but having worked in the industry, I try to be aware, try to help convert the language from maybe more complex regulatory language to business terms.

M. Bryan Little: Advisor to Commissioner Craig Glazer (Ohio PUC)

GIVING ADVICE TO SMALL BUSINESS. Boss: Ohio Commission Chairman Craig A. Glazer. Background: Graduated Marshall University with a bachelor's degree in English in 1990; received his J.D. in 1995 from Capital University Law School. Became aware of utility issues while working for West Virginia Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II (D). Clerked for Glazer while in law school. Also worked in the utility section of a law firm, representing the industrial energy users of Ohio, Time Warner and AT&T Wireless. Was hired as chairman's aide in February 1997. Age: 30

Do you aspire to become a commissioner? If I were to get that opportunity, I would jump on it. I think it's the best job there is in the utility field¼ you get to look at a broad range of issues¼ issues that affect a wide variety of people. You get to do a balancing act where you end up trying to do something that's equitable.

What's a typical day? What's your interaction with the commissioner? I advise the chairman on legal and policy issues and I focus primarily on electric and telecom. I usually come in around 8:30 and leave at 6:00, sometimes later¼ I act as the liaison between the chairman and the staff. So generally I will research a specific issue, then discuss the matter with the staff¼ usually when I'm meeting with the staff, I'll argue what the chairman's current position is. Generally, when I meet with the chairman, I'll argue the staff's position and then in the end, I advise the chairman on what I think is right.

How are staffers hired? I work at the chairman's discretion. His term ends in 2002, with the change of new governor. He will probably be a commissioner, not the chairman¼ it's a five-year term, the commissionership. When he's done as chairman, I'll move on.

How does your personality reflect that of your boss? Craig is the hardest working