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FCC 54.420
Revised as of October 1, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  §  54.420   Low income program audits.

   (a) Independent audit requirements for eligible telecommunications
   carriers. Eligible telecommunications carriers identified by USAC must
   obtain a third-party biennial audit of their compliance with the rules
   in this subpart. Such engagements shall be agreed upon performance
   attestations to assess the company's overall compliance with the rules
   in this subpart and the company's internal controls regarding the
   regulatory requirements in this subpart.

   (1) Eligible telecommunications carriers will be selected for audit
   based on risk-based criteria developed by USAC and approved by the
   Office of Managing Director and the Wireline Competition Bureau.

   (2) The initial audit must be completed one year after the Commission
   issues a standardized audit plan outlining the scope of the engagement
   and the extent of compliance testing to be performed by third-party
   auditors and shall be conducted every two years thereafter, unless
   directed otherwise by the Commission. The following minimum
   requirements shall apply:

   (i) The audit must be conducted by a licensed certified public
   accounting firm that is independent of the carrier.

   (ii) The engagement shall be conducted consistent with government
   accounting standards (GAGAS).

   (3) The certified public accounting firm shall submit to the Commission
   any rule interpretations necessary to complete the biennial audit, and
   the Administrator shall notify all firms subject to the biennial audit
   requirement of such requests. The audit issue will be noted, but not
   held as a negative finding, in future audit reports for all carriers
   subject to this requirement unless and until guidance has been provided
   by the Commission.

   (4) Within 60 days after completion of the audit work, but prior to
   finalization of the report, the third party auditor shall submit a
   draft of the audit report to the Commission and the Administrator, who
   shall be deemed authorized users of such reports. Finalized audit
   reports must be provided to the Commission, the Administrator, and
   relevant states and Tribal governments within 30 days of the issuance
   of the final audit report. The reports will not be considered or deemed

   (5) Delegated authority. The Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office
   of Managing Director have delegated authority to perform the functions
   specified in paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section.

   (b) Audit requirements for new eligible telecommunications carriers.
   After a company is designated for the first time in any state or
   territory, the Administrator will audit that new eligible
   telecommunications carrier to assess its overall compliance with the
   rules in this subpart and the company's internal controls regarding
   these regulatory requirements. This audit should be conducted within
   the carrier's first twelve months of seeking federal low-income
   Universal Service Fund support, unless otherwise determined by the
   Office of Managing Director.

   [ 77 FR 12974 , Mar. 2, 2012, as amended at  77 FR 38534 , June 28, 2012;
    81 FR 33094 , May 24, 2016;  84 FR 71329 , Dec. 27, 2019]


Goto Section: 54.419 | 54.422

Goto Year: 2019 | 2021
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