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USAC Releases 2008 Annual Report

USAC released its annual report to the Federal Communications Commission and Congress which details their activities, expenses and spotlights various performance measures.  The E-rate program is one of four Universal Service Programs USAC administers and here are some highlights:

  • USAC expenses continue to climb; however, the expense rate is at a 2.4% of USF disbursements which is lower than many of the largest charitable organizations, foundations, and other federal agencies;
  • The cost of the FCC OIG audit program in 2006 was at $6 million and climbed to $19.9 million in 2007 and now at $91.7 million in 2008.  This covers all four USF programs;
  • USAC has hired 11 auditing firms to audit USF program beneficiaries through the FCC OIG audit program;
  • 4,064 service providers participated in the E-rate program in 2008.  (Funds For Learning conducted a more detailed analysis of the service provider landscape which can be viewed here);
  • On average, USAC is processing E-rate payments in ten days or less;
  • USAC is processing E-rate appeals between 80 and 120 days.

The full report can be viewed here.

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