Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Officials Call For Close Oversight Of Broadband Programs Officials Call For Close Oversight Of Broadband Programs

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Officials Call For Close Oversight Of Broadband Programs

Federal auditors charged with overseeing the two programs that provided grants to spur broadband access and adoption say absent close oversight, there are potential risks for fraud and abuse of the two programs.

In written testimony obtained by Tech Daily Dose for a hearing Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, the inspectors general for the Agriculture and Commerce departments and a Government Accountability Office official outlined several areas that will need close scrutiny. They will be joined at the hearing by two industry officials affected by the broadband stimulus program.

The hearing will focus on the $7.2 billion in funding from the 2009 economic stimulus package provided to spur broadband access and adoption, which has been awarded through grants and loans from the Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service. NTIA was given $4.7 billion for its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, while RUS received the remaining $2.5 billion for its Broadband Initiatives Program.

GAO's Mark L. Goldstein noted in his written testimony that both NTIA and RUS have adopted many of the agency's past recommendations aimed at providing successful oversight of the 553 projects funded by the stimulus funds such as developing oversight plans.

Still, he added that, "GAO remains concerned about the oversight of the broadband programs. In particular, GAO believes the agencies, and especially NTIA, need to do more to ensure their oversight plans reflect current fiscal realities."

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL
 
 
Make your Election Night headquarters.
See more ▲
 
Hide