Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Oversight of National Public Radio

AFMD-84-44: Published: Mar 28, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1984.

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GAO reviewed oversight of National Public Radio (NPR) by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to determine whether CPB is meeting its statutory responsibilities for oversight of NPR and to judge the adequacy of that oversight.

GAO believes that, while CPB met its statutory responsibilities for oversight of NPR, CPB did not provide adequate oversight to ensure that NPR was operating in a prudent and financially responsible manner during fiscal years (FY's) 1982 and 1983. This became significant in FY 1983 because NPR was increasing its reliance on non-Federal funds and undertaking for-profit business ventures. GAO found that CPB did not verify: (1) the reliability of NPR revenue estimates; (2) the adequacy of personnel and systems; or (3) budget figures for NPR commercial ventures. Since CPB relied on annual audit reports and quarterly financial statements rather than monthly financial statements, it did not discover financial management problems at NPR in a timely fashion. GAO believes that, while improvements in CPB oversight of NPR will alleviate previous problems, it is too soon to determine whether new controls are operating effectively.

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