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Broadband Funding: Stronger Management of Performance and Fraud Risk Needed for Tribal and Public-Private Partnership Grants

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15 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should establish performance goals and measures for all of the program's purposes—funding broadband use and adoption projects as well as funding broadband infrastructure deployment projects. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure the performance goal is quantifiable and measurable by defining broadband reliability and affordability. (Recommendation 2)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should designate a dedicated entity to lead fraud risk management activities for the program. (Recommendation 3)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity identifies inherent fraud risks in the program. (Recommendation 4)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity assesses the likelihood and impact of inherent fraud risks in the program. (Recommendation 5)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity determines fraud risk tolerance for the program. (Recommendation 6)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity examines the suitability of existing antifraud controls in the program and prioritizes residual fraud risks. (Recommendation 7)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For TBCP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity documents the fraud risk profile for the program. (Recommendation 8)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure the performance goal is quantifiable and measurable by defining broadband affordability. (Recommendation 9)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should designate a dedicated entity to lead fraud risk management activities for the program. (Recommendation 10)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity identifies inherent fraud risks in the program. (Recommendation 11)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity assesses the likelihood and impact of inherent fraud risks in the program. (Recommendation 12)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity determines fraud risk tolerance for the program. (Recommendation 13)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity examines the suitability of existing antifraud controls in the program and prioritizes residual fraud risks. (Recommendation 14)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration For BIP, the Administrator of NTIA should ensure that the dedicated entity documents the fraud risk profile for the program. (Recommendation 15)
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Tribal Broadband: National Strategy and Coordination Framework Needed to Increase Access

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should establish a framework within the American Broadband Initiative for addressing tribal barriers. Such a framework could include adding a tribal subcommittee or standing agenda item to the existing workstreams or establishing a new workstream. (Recommendation 2)
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Broadband: National Strategy Needed to Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Digital Divide

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should direct the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, to consult with OMB, other White House offices, and relevant agencies and present to Congress a report that identifies the key statutory provisions that limit the beneficial alignment of broadband programs and offers legislative proposals to address the limitations, as appropriate. (Recommendation 1)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should direct the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth to regularly seek and incorporate user feedback when updating the BroadbandUSA Federal Funding Guide. (Recommendation 2)
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Spectrum Management: NTIA Should Improve Spectrum Reallocation Planning and Assess Its Workforce

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2 Open Recommendations
1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should align its spectrum reallocation-planning efforts with leading practices for program management by developing a plan, analyzing risks, and creating and updating a schedule for NTIA's ongoing and future reallocation efforts. (Recommendation 1)
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In January 2023, NTIA staff said they are working on a spectrum initiative that will address this recommendation with the expectation it will be announced in the spring of 2023 and implemented thereafter. When we confirm that NTIA has taken additional steps to implement this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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The NTIA Administrator should document and disseminate to federal agencies policies and procedures describing how it collects and considers agencies' views on spectrum-related matters to present the views of the executive branch to FCC. (Recommendation 2)
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In January 2023, NTIA staff said they are working on a spectrum initiative that will address this recommendation with the expectation it will be announced in the spring of 2023 and implemented thereafter. When we confirm that NTIA has taken additional steps to implement this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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