We attended the Audit Committee meeting at USAC’s quarterly business meeting this morning.  While much of the discussion concerned internal controls USAC has in place to oversee its functions, the business update portion of the meeting gave us a snapshot into contributor and beneficiary audit activity at USAC.  The presentation gave us some insight into a likely increased amount of activity over the next few months.

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US Capitol BuildingMembers of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee) issued a letter late last week requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an audit of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau).  The audit would focus exclusively on the Bureau and address its backlog of consumer complaints, its output and performance metrics and recent management decisions.   Among the primary concerns for the Committee is the Bureau’s continued use of the number and monetary value of enforcement actions as the metrics to determine the success of its enforcement efforts.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a study of the FCC’s e-rate program controls.  The GAO study recommended that the FCC conduct a "robust risk assessment" of its e-rate program and revise the internal control structure of the program.  What caught our eye, however, was the commentary on USAC’s e-rate beneficiary audits.

The GAO