- FCC Inspector General's Report Shows Uptick in USF Audits
- January 12, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Jennifer A. Cetta; Carly T. Didden
- Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
A new report from the FCC Office of Inspector General (OIG) notes that the office intends to triple its auditing staff and increase its field presence by 200 percent as it prepares to conduct a third round of audits of Universal Service Fund (USF) recipients.
An initial statistical analysis of improper payments by OIG determined that the Schools and Libraries, or the E-Rate program, and the High Cost program will exceed the thresholds set by the Improper Payment Information Act for at risk programs. That conclusion led OIG to call for a third round of audits. This time, beneficiaries of all four USF support programs and USF contributors will be included in the audits. USAC is in the process of determining whether those audits require recovery of USF funds, but has identified at least 24 High Cost support recipients and 10 E-Rate program beneficiaries for potential recoveries.