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The President by Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1977 and Executive Order 12046 of March 26, 1978, delegated to the Secretary of Commerce authority to act in the discharge of certain of the President's telecommunication functions under the Communications Act of 1934 and the Communications Satellite Act of 1962.

The Secretary of Commerce has delegated this Presidential authority to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information (Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)).

The Assistant Secretary discharges these radiocommunication and frequency management functions as the Administrator of NTIA with the aid of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC).