ABSTRACT

Telecommunications: FCC Should Take Action to Better Manage Persistent Fraud Risks in the Schools and Libraries Program, Report to the Chairman, Committee on the Budget, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Highlights: "In 2017, the FCC's [Federal Communications Commission] Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported that FCC's ability to deter and detect alleged E-rate program fraud has been severely limited since the program's inception due to a lack of certain controls. Also, as recently as February 2020, a number of E-rate program participants pled guilty to defrauding the program by billing for equipment and services that were not provided, and obtaining more than $2.6 million in program funds to which they were not entitled. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review fraud risk management in the E-rate program. This report addresses: (1) the E-rate program's key fraud risks; (2) the extent to which FCC and USAC [Universal Service Administrative Company] are managing fraud risks in accordance with leading practices; and (3) the extent to which FCC and USAC face challenges in effectively employing data analytics to support fraud risk management activities."

Report Number:
GAO-20-606
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Date:
2020-09
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
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application/pdf
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