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For fiscal year 2002 (the most recent data), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting provided about 16 percent of public television's revenues of $1.63 billion. GAO agreed to review the statutory allocations for federal funding of public television, the Corporation's distribution of funds through its Community Service Grant and Television Future Fund programs, its distribution of funds for the Public Broadcasting Service's National Program Service and for local programming, and its grant programs for assisting public television's transition to digital technologies and services.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
If the Congress supports the concept of using funds that were designated for distribution among licensees to finance the Television Future Fund program, it may wish to provide the Corporation with the authority to use the funds for this purpose.
Closed - Implemented
No Congressional action was needed due to the fact that the Corporation decided to terminate the Future Fund Program.

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Other 1. Before making further Television Future Fund awards or expending any funds in the Television Future Fund account, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should request specific statutory authority to do so, if it intends to continue using funds that were designated for distribution among licensees. Should this specific authority not be obtained, the Corporation should return to the licensees such funds remaining in the Television Future Fund account that came from the funds designated for distribution among licensees.
Closed - Implemented
The Corporation has decided to end the Future Fund.
Other 2. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting should broaden the scope of its digital transition funding support to include digital production equipment and digital content.
Closed - Implemented
Implemented for 2005 funding round.

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