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Document Number: 5942

Greater Involvement Needed by FCC in the Management and Oversight of the E-Rate Program - The E-rate program is intended to help eligible schools and libraries acquire telecommunications and internet services, and the FCC has committed more than $13 billion for that purpose since 1998. This GAO report argues that the E-rate program was established by the FCC using an organizational structure unusual to the U.S. government and that the FCC then failed to conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine which federal requirements, policies and practices applied to it. Additionally, the FCC has not developed useful performance measures for assessing and managing the program and the FCC’s oversight mechanisms contain weaknesses that limit the FCC’s management of the program and its ability to understand the scope of any waste, fraud or abuse within the program. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 2005)...

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