The FCC may be violating federal record-keeping laws, according to the head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In a letter sent Thursday to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, the committee requested information about the agency's policies on retaining emails, texts, chat and instant messages and social media posts.

The letter suggested that the FCC's policies aren't following federal law and asked Pai to respond by April 4.

The letter was signed by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey who chairs the committee, and by Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who chairs the subcommittee on communications and technology.

The Energy and Commerce Committee oversees the FCC.

"We are concerned that the FCC may not be managing its electronic records in accordance with federal law and guidance, potentially thwarting the public from an understanding of the FCC's decision-making process and how it conducts business," the letter said.

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