On November 4, 2010, the US Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (DOCIG) released a report regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA’s) ability to oversee and monitor post-grant activities of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In this report, DOCIG stated, “The uncertainty regarding oversight funding... raises significant concerns about the adequacy of future BTOP oversight.” This cause for concern stems somewhat from the fact that NTIA is currently funded under a continuing resolution from Congress that will keep NTIA’s spending at the same level as that of the last fiscal year, and the present budget does not contemplate the costs of BTOP oversight and monitoring.
The report further states that although NTIA has taken significant steps to develop processes to assist BTOP grant recipients with post-award activities, more needs to be done to ensure that some aspects of award monitoring are completed promptly and efficiently. A copy of the abstract of the report may be found here. A copy of the entire report may be found here.