The quiet man at the FCC engineering office is one of the best. Howard Buskirk says Julie is leaving, a major blow. He survives the politics at the FCC by keeping a low profile, but every engineer who goes through Washington knows him well. He can go one on one with top CTOs or Professors and earn their respect. He's one of the few in the industry with a broad enough knowledge to look years ahead.
Will universal service funding be obsolete in a few years because of the low latency LEO satellites? Is 5G millimeter wave going to be a competition killer? Was wireless ready to displace DSL and cable, as some people told the broadband plan? Ask Julie and you get a well-informed answer, including an "I don't know if he doesn't."
At the FCC, on important decisions, The Eight Floor - the Commissioners - are said to ignore everyone else, especially the technical staff. Every other regulator I know - France, England, China - make sure at least one of the decision makers has enough of a technical background to point out to the others when the usual influence peddlers are lying. (In D.C., they are almost all lawyers including many former politicians. Many are very good at persuasion. With salaries up to $16M (David Cohen, Comcast,) you get some of the best. Some of them - Tom Tauke, David Young - are skilled enough to make their points without abusing the truth. Most don't care, as long as they aren't caught.
There are two open seats, one Democrat and one Republican. (I've never talked politics with Julie so I don't know which he is.) Ajit Pai would be proving he deserves the job if he offered one of them to Julie to keep him in the building.