The Resource Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program : report to congressional requesters

Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program : report to congressional requesters

Label
Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program : report to congressional requesters
Title
Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program
Title remainder
report to congressional requesters
Title variation
  • Additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program
  • Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program
  • GAO-17-538 Telecommunications
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Author
Issuing body
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Created in the mid-1980s, FCC's Lifeline provides discounts to eligible low-income households for home or wireless telephone and, as of December 2016, broadband service. Lifeline reimburses telephone companies that offer discounts through the USF, which in turn is generally supported by consumers by means of a fee charged on their telephone bills. In 2016, Lifeline disbursed about $1.5 billion in subsidies to 12.3 million households. In 2010, GAO found Lifeline had limited abilities to detect and prevent ineligible subscribers from enrolling. FCC adopted a reform order in 2012 to enhance Lifeline's internal controls. GAO was asked to examine FCC's reforms. This report discusses, among other objectives, (1) the extent to which Lifeline demonstrates effective performance towards program goals, and (2) steps FCC and USAC have taken to enhance controls over finances, subscribers, and providers, and any weaknesses that might remain
Cataloging source
DID
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
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  • United States
  • Poor
  • Telecommunication policy
  • Broadband communication systems
  • Wireless communication systems
  • United States
  • Broadband communication systems
  • Poor
  • Telecommunication policy
  • Wireless communication systems
  • United States
Label
Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program : report to congressional requesters
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "GAO-17-538."
  • "May 2017"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Background. -- FCC has not evaluated Lifelin'es performance in meeting program goals but has taken recent steps toward evaluation. -- Financial controls exist, with others planned, for the Lifeline program, but weaknesses remain. -- FCC and USAC have implemented some controls to improve subscriber eligibility verification, but weaknesses remain. -- FCC and USAC have taken some steps to improve oversight of lifeline providers, but remaining gaps could allow noncompliance with program rules. -- Conclusions. -- Recommendations for executive action. -- Agency comments and our evaluation. -- Appendices
Control code
993133360
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (iii, 83 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)993133360
Label
Telecommunications, additional action needed to address significant risks in FCC's Lifeline program : report to congressional requesters
Publication
Note
  • "GAO-17-538."
  • "May 2017"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Background. -- FCC has not evaluated Lifelin'es performance in meeting program goals but has taken recent steps toward evaluation. -- Financial controls exist, with others planned, for the Lifeline program, but weaknesses remain. -- FCC and USAC have implemented some controls to improve subscriber eligibility verification, but weaknesses remain. -- FCC and USAC have taken some steps to improve oversight of lifeline providers, but remaining gaps could allow noncompliance with program rules. -- Conclusions. -- Recommendations for executive action. -- Agency comments and our evaluation. -- Appendices
Control code
993133360
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (iii, 83 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)993133360

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