Goto Section: 54.701 | 54.703 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 54.702 Administrator's functions and responsibilities.
(a) The Administrator, and the divisions therein, shall be responsible
for administering the schools and libraries support mechanism, the
rural health care support mechanism, the high-cost support mechanism,
and the low income support mechanism.
(b) The Administrator shall be responsible for billing contributors,
collecting contributions to the universal service support mechanisms,
and disbursing universal service support funds.
(c) The Administrator may not make policy, interpret unclear provisions
of the statute or rules, or interpret the intent of Congress. Where the
Act or the Commission's rules are unclear, or do not address a
particular situation, the Administrator shall seek guidance from the
(d) The Administrator may advocate positions before the Commission and
its staff only on administrative matters relating to the universal
service support mechanisms.
(e) The Administrator shall maintain books of account separate from
those of the National Exchange Carrier Association, of which the
Administrator is an independent subsidiary. The Administrator's books
of account shall be maintained in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles. The Administrator may borrow start up funds from
the National Exchange Carrier Association. Such funds may not be drawn
from the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) fund or TRS
administrative expense accounts.
(f) The Administrator shall create and maintain a website, as defined
in § 54.5, on which applications for services will be posted on behalf
of schools, libraries and rural health care providers.
(g) The Administrator shall file with the Commission and Congress an
annual report by March 31 of each year. The report shall detail the
Administrator's operations, activities, and accomplishments for the
prior year, including information about participation in each of the
universal service support mechanisms and administrative action intended
to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The report also shall include an
assessment of subcontractors' performance, and an itemization of
monthly administrative costs that shall include all expenses, receipts,
and payments associated with the administration of the universal
service support programs. The Administrator shall consult each year
with Commission staff to determine the scope and content of the annual
(h) The Administrator shall report quarterly to the Commission on the
disbursement of universal service support program funds. The
Administrator shall keep separate accounts for the amounts of money
collected and disbursed for eligible schools and libraries, rural
health care providers, low-income consumers, and high-cost and insular
(i) Information based on the Administrator's reports will be made
public by the Commission at least once a year as part of a Monitoring
(j) The Administrator shall provide the Commission full access to the
data collected pursuant to the administration of the universal service
(k) Pursuant to § 64.903 of this chapter, the Administrator shall file
with the Commission a cost allocation manual (CAM) that describes the
accounts and procedures the Administrator will use to allocate the
shared costs of administering the universal service support mechanisms
and its other operations.
(l) The Administrator shall make available to whomever the Commission
directs, free of charge, any and all intellectual property, including,
but not limited to, all records and information generated by or
resulting from its role in administering the support mechanisms, if its
participation in administering the universal service support mechanisms
(m) If its participation in administering the universal service support
mechanisms ends, the Administrator shall be subject to close-out audits
at the end of its term.
(n) The Administrator shall account for the financial transactions of
the Universal Service Fund in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles for federal agencies and maintain the accounts of
the Universal Service Fund in accordance with the United States
Government Standard General Ledger. When the Administrator, or any
independent auditor hired by the Administrator, conducts audits of the
beneficiaries of the Universal Service Fund, contributors to the
Universal Service Fund, or any other providers of services under the
universal service support mechanisms, such audits shall be conducted in
accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. In
administering the Universal Service Fund, the Administrator shall also
comply with all relevant and applicable federal financial management
and reporting statutes.
(o) The Administrator shall provide performance measurements pertaining
to the universal service support mechanisms as requested by the
Commission by order or otherwise.
[ 63 FR 70573 , Dec. 21, 1998, as amended at 65 FR 38690 , June 21, 2000;
65 FR 57739 , Sept. 26, 2000; 66 FR 59727 , Nov. 30, 2001; 67 FR 11259 ,
Mar. 13, 2002; 69 FR 5719 , Feb. 6, 2004; 72 FR 54218 , Sept. 24, 2007;
76 FR 73876 , Nov. 29, 2011]
Goto Section: 54.701 | 54.703
Goto Year: 2020 |
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