By Gautham Nagesh - 12/30/10 09:03 PM EST
Federal Communications Commission press secretary Jen Howard is leaving the agency to take a senior communications role at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"Working with the dedicated, brilliant FCC staff and the tireless, talented reporters who cover us has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Howard said in an e-mail to reporters on Thursday. "I am so proud of everything the agency has accomplished and I couldn't be more grateful to Chairman [Julius] Genachowski for the opportunity to be a part of his team at such an exciting time."
Howard's last day will be Jan. 14. Her departure comes on the heels of the impending resolution of several longstanding issues for the FCC, including the passage of Genachowski's net-neutrality plan and the forthcoming approval of Comcast's proposed acquisition of NBC Universal.