USDA Telecommunications

AIMD-95-219R: Published: Sep 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management and planning of its telecommunications resources. GAO noted that USDA: (1) has been leasing out-of-date rotary style telephones, and has paid about $7,800 annually to lease equipment that is no longer used; (2) has paid over $6,200 for telephone service, including local telephone service, 10 extended area service lines, and 10 interstate lines, for an agency office that was closed over 1 year ago; (3) Inspector General has not been able to issue an opinion on the National Finance Center's internal control environment since fiscal year 1991 because the internal controls have not been fully documented; and (4) continues to pay for equipment and services that it no longer uses, since agency representatives are not required to confirm telecommunication changes, and may not be be knowledgeable about the service or equipment.

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