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Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC contact listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, (202) 395– 5887, or via fax at 202–395–5167 or via Internet at Nicholas_A._Fraser @omb.eop.gov and to JudithB.Herman@fcc.gov, Federal Communications Commission, or an email to PRA@fcc.gov. If you would like to obtain or view a copy of this information collection, you may do so by visiting OMB’s Web site: http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies of the information collection(s), contact Judith B. Herman at 202–418–0214 or via the Internet at Judith-B.Herman@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 3060–0221. Title: Section 90.155(b) and (d), Time in Which Station Must Be Placed in Operation. Form No.: N/A. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit and state, local or tribal government. Number of Respondents: 1,768 respondents; 1,768 responses. Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour. Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Total Annual Burden: 1,768 hours. Total Annual Cost: N/A. Privacy Act Impact Assessment: N/A. Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality. Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this information collection to the OMB as a revision during this comment period to obtain the full threeyear clearance from them. There is a decrease in the number of respondents/ responses and burden hours. Section 90.155(b) requires that a period longer than 12 months may be granted to local government entities to place their stations in operation on a case-by-case basis upon a showing of need. This rule provides flexibility to state and local governments. An application for extension of time to commence service may be made on FCC Form 601 (OMB Control No. 3060– 0798). Extensions of time must be filed prior to the expiration of the construction period. Extensions will be granted only if the licensee shows that the failure to commence service is due to causes beyond its control. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 For the revisions to this submission to the OMB, the Commission is requesting OMB approval for the following: The Commission adopted and released a Report and Order in FCC 95– 41, PR Docket No. 93–61 which established construction deadlines for Location and Monitoring Service (LMS) licensees in the MTA-licensed multilateration LMS services. The Commission is adding Section 90.155(d) to this information collection. On July 8, 2004, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in FCC 04– 166, WT Docket Nos. 02–381, 01–14, and 03–202 that amended Section 90.155(d) to provide holders of multilateration location service authorizations with five- and ten-year benchmarks to place in operation their base stations that utilize multilateration technology to provide multilateration location service to one-third of the Economic Area’s (EAs) population within five years of initial license grant, and two-thirds of the population within ten years. At the five- and ten-year benchmarks, licensees are required to file a map with FCC Form 601 showing compliance with the coverage requirements pursuant to section 1.946 of the Commission’s rules. On January 31, 2007, via an Order on Reconsideration and Memorandum Opinion and Order, in DA 07–479, the FCC granted two to three additional years to meet the five-year construction requirements for certain multilateration Location and Monitoring Service Economic Area licenses, and extended the ten-year requirement for such licenses for two years. Note: The cost and hour burdens for section 90.155(g) and (i) are accounted for under OMB Control No. 3060–0798 and are therefore not part of this information collection. These requirements will be used by Commission personnel to evaluate whether or not certain licensees are providing substantial service as a means of complying with their construction requirements, or have demonstrated that an extended period of time for construction is warranted. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24793 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72721 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Submitted for Review to the Office of Management and Budget, Comments Requested December 17, 2007. SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection(s), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a valid control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written Paperwork Reductions Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before January 22, 2008. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC contact listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, via e-mail to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov or via fax at (202) 395–5167 and to the Federal Communications Commission via e-mail to PRA@fcc.gov or by U.S. mail to Leslie F. Smith, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1–C216, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554 at 202–418–0217. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information contact Leslie F. Smith via e-mail at PRA@fcc.gov or call 202–418–0217. To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: (1) Go to the Web page http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 72722 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the Web page called ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ (3) click on the downwardpointing arrow in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box below the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ heading, (4) select ‘‘Federal Communications Commission’’ from the list of agencies presented in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (5) click the ‘‘Submit’’ button to the right of the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (6) when the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the title of the ICR (or its OMB control number, if there is one) and then click on the ICR Reference Number to view detailed information about this ICR. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 3060–XXXX. Title: Comprehensive Review of the Universal Service Fund Management, Administration, and Oversight; FederalState Joint Board on Universal Service; Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism; Rule Health Care Support Mechanism; Lifeline and Linkup; and Changes to the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc., WC Docket No. 05–195 et al., FCC 07–150. Form Number: N/A Type of Review: New information collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit entities. Number of Respondents and Responses: 1 respondent; 1 response. Estimated Time per Response: 1.0 hours. Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirements. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Total Annual Burden: 1.0 hours. Total Annual Cost: None. Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Respondents may request that information be withheld from disclosure. Requests for confidentiality are processed in accordance with FCC rules under 47 CFR Section 0.459. Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Needs and Uses: On August 29, 2007, the FCC released a Report and Order (‘‘R&O’’), Comprehensive Review of the Universal Service Fund Management, Administration, and Oversight; FederalState Joint Board on Universal Service; Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism; Rule Health Care Support Mechanism; Lifeline and Linkup; and Changes to the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc., WC Docket No. 05–195 et al., FCC 07–150. In this R&O, the FCC has adopted new and revised information collection VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 requirements that include timely filing for Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets, a reminder that USF contributors must file FCC Forms 499– A and 499–Q on a periodic basis, document retention and recordkeeping requirements and administrative limitation periods for the high-cost, lowincome, and rural health care universal service programs, and various other performance measures and reporting requirements for the universal service programs and for the Universal Service Fund (‘‘USF’’) Administrator. These recordkeeping and reporting requirements are part of the FCC’s continuing process to deter misconduct and inappropriate uses of the universal service funds. It is the FCC’s intention that these requirements will both safeguard the USF from waste, fraud, and abuse and improve the management, administration, and oversight of the USF. These information collection requirements are as follows: Timely Filing for Worksheets: At present, Universal Service Fund contributors must file FCC Form 499–Q, ‘‘Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet’’ (‘‘Worksheet’’), on a timely filing basis and must not submit inaccurate or untruthful information. In addition, the R&O will require the USF Administrator to add information, e.g., a notification requirement, to the monthly invoice sent to contributors. Each monthly invoice must now also include language pertaining to the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996, substantially as follows: A failure to submit payment may result in sanctions, including, but not limited to, the initiation of proceedings to recover the outstanding debt, together with any applicable administrative charges, penalties, and interest pursuant to the provisions of the Debt Collection Act of 1982 (Public Law 97–365) and the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, (Pub. L. 104–134) as amended (the ‘‘DCIA’’), as set forth below. The date of payment on the invoice is the due date. If full payment is not received by the date due, the debt is delinquent. Because the unpaid amount is a debt owed to the United States, we are required by the DCIA to impose interest and to inform you what may happen if you do not pay the full outstanding debt. Under the DCIA, the United States will charge interest at the annual rate equal to the U.S. prime rate as of the date of delinquency plus 3.5 percent from the date the contribution was due. This interest rate incorporates administrative charges of collection pursuant to 47 CFR 54.713. If the debt remains unpaid more than 90 days , you will be charged an additional penalty of PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6 percent a year for any part of the debt that is more than 90 days past due. If the debt remains unpaid, the full amount of the outstanding debt may be transferred to the United States Department of Treasury (‘‘Treasury’’) for debt collection, and you will be required to pay the administrative costs of processing and handling a delinquent claim as set by the Treasury (currently 28 percent of the debt). However, if you pay the full amount of the outstanding debt and associated administrative fees and penalties within 30 days of the due date, the DCIA Interest will be waived. These requirements are set out at 31 U.S.C. 3717. In addition to the language in the invoice, the R&O has specified that USF Administrator’s invoice shall state clearly that the invoiced amount is due on a specific date and that the debt is delinquent if not paid in full by that date. The USF Administrator’s invoices and any letters shall also explain the applicable sanction and administrative changes for late payments, i.e., under 31 U.S.C. 3717, a delinquent debt that is not paid in full within 30 days from the date due will incur interest, and if not paid in full within 90 days from the due date, will also incur a penalty of 6 percent per year. In addition, the delinquent contributor will be assessed the administrative costs of collection, pursuant to 47 CFR 54.713 of FCC rules. Finally, an invoice sent after partial payment should show clearly that the payment was applied to outstanding penalties, administrative costs, accrued interest, and then to the oldest outstanding principal (‘‘American Rule’’). Document retention requirements. Having concluded in the R&O that document retention and recordkeeping requirements not only prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, but also protect applicants and service providers in the event of vendor disputes, the FCC has adopted or revised several of these requirements that will demonstrate compliance with FCC rules and regulations and be available to the USF Administrator, auditors, and the FCC, as follows: High-cost program. Recipients of universal service support for high-cost providers must retain all records that they may require to demonstrate to auditors that the support they received was consistent with the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and FCC rules, assuming that the audits are conducted within five years of disbursement of such support. This R&O clarifies that beneficiaries must make available all such documents and records that pertain to them, E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES including those of NECA, contractors, and consultants working on behalf of the beneficiaries to the Commission’s Office of Inspector General (‘‘OIG’’), to the USF Administrator, and to their auditors. See 47 CFR 54.202(e).1 Low-income program. With respect to the two low-income universal service programs Lifeline and Link-Up, the FCC has concluded that it should maintain the current two-tiered document retention requirements. Participating service providers must retain a record verifying the eligibility of a recipient of the program for as long as the recipient continues to receive supported service and three years more, and to make it available in conjunction with any audit to which it may be relevant. However, the R&O removes the clause that waives the requirement to retain documentation of eligibility once an audit is completed. The FCC also clarifies that beneficiaries must make available all documentation and records that pertain to them, including those of contractors and consultants working on their behalf, to the Commission’s OIG, to the USF Administrator, and to auditors working on their behalf. See 47 CFR 54.417(a).2 Rural health care and schools and libraries programs. The FCC maintains the current requirement that rural health care providers and schools and libraries must retain their records, which evidence that the funding they receive was proper, for 5 years. In addition, this requirement will now also apply to those service providers that receive support for serving rural health care providers. Furthermore, the FCC clarifies that beneficiaries must make available all documents and records that pertain to them, including those of contractors and consultants, working on their behalf, to the Commission’s OIG, to the USF Administrator, and to their 1 47 CFR § 54.202(e): All eligible telecommunications carriers shall retain all records required to demonstrate to auditors that the support received was consistent with the universal service high-cost program rules. These rules should include the following: data supporting line count filings; historical customer records; fixed asset property accounting records; general ledgers; invoice copies for the purchase and maintenance of equipment; maintenance contracts for the upgrade or equipment; and any other relevant documentation. This documentation must be maintained for at least five years from the receipt of funding. 2 47 CFR § 54.417(a): Eligible telecommunications carriers must maintain records to document compliance with all Commission and state requirements governing the Lifeline/Link Up programs for the three full years preceding calendar years and requiring carriers to retain documentation for as long as the customer receives Lifeline service from the ETC or until audited by the Administrator and provide that documentation to the Commission or Administrator upon request * * *. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 auditors, as required by 47 CFR 54.516(a) 3 and 47 CFR 54.619(a).4 Contributors. The R&O also requires contributors to the Universal Service Fund to retain all documents and records, e.g., financial statements and supporting documentation, etc., that they may require to demonstrate to auditors that their contributions were made in compliance with the program rules, assuming that audits are conducted within 5 years. The FCC clarifies that contributors must make available all documents and records that pertain to them, including those of contractors and consultants working on their behalf, to the Commission’s OIG, to the USF Administrator, and to their auditors. Connectivity. The FCC will require the USF Administrator to work with the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to modify the relevant FCC Forms or to create additional questions for USF program participants to determine more accurately how schools and libraries connect to the Internet and their precise levels of connectivity. These new and revised information collection requirements, which include document retention and recordkeeping requirements, etc., will affect numerous information collections that the FCC currently maintains. Once OMB approves these requirements, the FCC will begin to update these information collections as required by the rules adopted in this R&O. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24794 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P 3 47 CFR § 54.516(a) Recordkeeping requirements—(1) Schools and libraries. Schools and libraries shall retain all documents related to the application for, receipt, and delivery of discounted telecommunications and other supported services for at least 5 years after the last day of the service delivered in a particular Funding Year. Any other document that demonstrates compliance with the statutory or regulatory requirements for the schools and libraries mechanism shall be retained as well. Schools and libraries shall maintain asset and inventory records of equipment purchased as components of supported internal connections services sufficient to verify the actual location of such equipment for a period of five years after purchase. 4 47 CFR § 54.619(d) Service providers. Service providers shall retain documents related to the delivery of discounted telecommunications and other supported services for at least five years after the last day of the delivery of discounted services. Any documentation that demonstrates compliance with the statutory or regulatory requirements for the rural health care mechanism shall be retained as well. PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72723 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [EB Docket No. 07–264; DA 07–4675] Lonnie L. Keeney, Amateur Radio Operator and Licensee of Amateur Radio Station KB9RFO Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document commences a hearing proceeding by directing Lonnie L. Keeney, Amateur Radio Operator and Licensee of Amateur Radio Station KB9RFO, to show why the license of Amateur Radio Station KP9FO should not be revoked and whether, in light of a felony conviction against him, he remains qualified to be a Commission licensee. DATES: Petitions by persons desiring to participate as a party in the hearing, pursuant to 47 CFR 1.223, may be filed no later than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for dates that named parties should file appearances. ADDRESSES: Please file documents with the Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Room 4– C330, 445 12th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20554. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judy Lancaster, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau at (202) 418–1420; Jennifer A. Lewis, Assistant Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau at (202) 418–1420. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Order to Show Cause, DA 07–4675, released November 20, 2007. The full text of the Order to Show Cause is available for inspection and copying from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday or from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the FCC Reference Information Center, Room CY–A257, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text may be purchased from the Commission’s copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPI), Portals II, 445 12th Street, NW., Room CY– B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone (202) 488–5300, facsimile (202) 488– 5563, or you may contact BCPI at the Web site: http://www.BCPIWEB.com. When ordering documents for BCPI, please provide the appropriate FCC document number, FCC 06–124. The Order is also available on the Internet at the Commission’s Web site through its Electronic Document Management E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Submitted for 
Review to the Office of Management and Budget, Comments Requested

December 17, 2007.
SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment 
on the following information collection(s), as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520. An agency may not 
conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject 
to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a valid 
control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
Commission's burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the 
burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

DATES: Written Paperwork Reductions Act (PRA) comments should be 
submitted on or before January 22, 2008. If you anticipate that you 
will be submitting comments but find it difficult to do so within the 
period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC 
contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of 
Management and Budget, via e-mail to Nicholas--A.--Fraser@omb.eop.gov 
or via fax at (202) 395-5167 and to the Federal Communications 
Commission via e-mail to PRA@fcc.gov or by U.S. mail to Leslie F. 
Smith, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-C216, 445 12th Street, 
SW., Washington, DC 20554 at 202-418-0217.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information contact 
Leslie F. Smith via e-mail at PRA@fcc.gov or call 202-418-0217. To view 
a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: 
(1) Go to the Web page http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/

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PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the Web page called ``Currently 
Under Review,'' (3) click on the downward-pointing arrow in the 
``Select Agency'' box below the ``Currently Under Review'' heading, (4) 
select ``Federal Communications Commission'' from the list of agencies 
presented in the ``Select Agency'' box, (5) click the ``Submit'' button 
to the right of the ``Select Agency'' box, (6) when the list of FCC 
ICRs currently under review appears, look for the title of the ICR (or 
its OMB control number, if there is one) and then click on the ICR 
Reference Number to view detailed information about this ICR.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    OMB Control Number: 3060-XXXX.
    Title: Comprehensive Review of the Universal Service Fund 
Management, Administration, and Oversight; Federal-State Joint Board on 
Universal Service; Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support 
Mechanism; Rule Health Care Support Mechanism; Lifeline and Link-up; 
and Changes to the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier 
Association, Inc., WC Docket No. 05-195 et al., FCC 07-150.
    Form Number: N/A
    Type of Review: New information collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 1 respondent; 1 response.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.0 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirements.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Total Annual Burden: 1.0 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: None.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Respondents may request that 
information be withheld from disclosure. Requests for confidentiality 
are processed in accordance with FCC rules under 47 CFR Section 0.459.
    Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).
    Needs and Uses: On August 29, 2007, the FCC released a Report and 
Order (``R&O''), Comprehensive Review of the Universal Service Fund 
Management, Administration, and Oversight; Federal-State Joint Board on 
Universal Service; Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support 
Mechanism; Rule Health Care Support Mechanism; Lifeline and Link-up; 
and Changes to the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier 
Association, Inc., WC Docket No. 05-195 et al., FCC 07-150.
    In this R&O, the FCC has adopted new and revised information 
collection requirements that include timely filing for 
Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets, a reminder that USF 
contributors must file FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q on a periodic basis, 
document retention and recordkeeping requirements and administrative 
limitation periods for the high-cost, low-income, and rural health care 
universal service programs, and various other performance measures and 
reporting requirements for the universal service programs and for the 
Universal Service Fund (``USF'') Administrator. These recordkeeping and 
reporting requirements are part of the FCC's continuing process to 
deter misconduct and inappropriate uses of the universal service funds. 
It is the FCC's intention that these requirements will both safeguard 
the USF from waste, fraud, and abuse and improve the management, 
administration, and oversight of the USF. These information collection 
requirements are as follows:
    Timely Filing for Worksheets: At present, Universal Service Fund 
contributors must file FCC Form 499-Q, ``Telecommunications Reporting 
Worksheet'' (``Worksheet''), on a timely filing basis and must not 
submit inaccurate or untruthful information. In addition, the R&O will 
require the USF Administrator to add information, e.g., a notification 
requirement, to the monthly invoice sent to contributors. Each monthly 
invoice must now also include language pertaining to the Debt 
Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996, substantially as follows:
    A failure to submit payment may result in sanctions, including, but 
not limited to, the initiation of proceedings to recover the 
outstanding debt, together with any applicable administrative charges, 
penalties, and interest pursuant to the provisions of the Debt 
Collection Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-365) and the Debt Collection 
Improvement Act of 1996, (Pub. L. 104-134) as amended (the ``DCIA''), 
as set forth below.
    The date of payment on the invoice is the due date. If full payment 
is not received by the date due, the debt is delinquent. Because the 
unpaid amount is a debt owed to the United States, we are required by 
the DCIA to impose interest and to inform you what may happen if you do 
not pay the full outstanding debt. Under the DCIA, the United States 
will charge interest at the annual rate equal to the U.S. prime rate as 
of the date of delinquency plus 3.5 percent from the date the 
contribution was due. This interest rate incorporates administrative 
charges of collection pursuant to 47 CFR 54.713. If the debt remains 
unpaid more than 90 days , you will be charged an additional penalty of 
6 percent a year for any part of the debt that is more than 90 days 
past due. If the debt remains unpaid, the full amount of the 
outstanding debt may be transferred to the United States Department of 
Treasury (``Treasury'') for debt collection, and you will be required 
to pay the administrative costs of processing and handling a delinquent 
claim as set by the Treasury (currently 28 percent of the debt). 
However, if you pay the full amount of the outstanding debt and 
associated administrative fees and penalties within 30 days of the due 
date, the DCIA Interest will be waived. These requirements are set out 
at 31 U.S.C. 3717.
    In addition to the language in the invoice, the R&O has specified 
that USF Administrator's invoice shall state clearly that the invoiced 
amount is due on a specific date and that the debt is delinquent if not 
paid in full by that date. The USF Administrator's invoices and any 
letters shall also explain the applicable sanction and administrative 
changes for late payments, i.e., under 31 U.S.C. 3717, a delinquent 
debt that is not paid in full within 30 days from the date due will 
incur interest, and if not paid in full within 90 days from the due 
date, will also incur a penalty of 6 percent per year. In addition, the 
delinquent contributor will be assessed the administrative costs of 
collection, pursuant to 47 CFR 54.713 of FCC rules. Finally, an invoice 
sent after partial payment should show clearly that the payment was 
applied to outstanding penalties, administrative costs, accrued 
interest, and then to the oldest outstanding principal (``American 
Rule'').
    Document retention requirements. Having concluded in the R&O that 
document retention and recordkeeping requirements not only prevent 
waste, fraud, and abuse, but also protect applicants and service 
providers in the event of vendor disputes, the FCC has adopted or 
revised several of these requirements that will demonstrate compliance 
with FCC rules and regulations and be available to the USF 
Administrator, auditors, and the FCC, as follows:
    High-cost program. Recipients of universal service support for 
high-cost providers must retain all records that they may require to 
demonstrate to auditors that the support they received was consistent 
with the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and FCC rules, 
assuming that the audits are conducted within five years of 
disbursement of such support. This R&O clarifies that beneficiaries 
must make available all such documents and records that pertain to 
them,

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including those of NECA, contractors, and consultants working on behalf 
of the beneficiaries to the Commission's Office of Inspector General 
(``OIG''), to the USF Administrator, and to their auditors. See 47 CFR 
54.202(e).\1\
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    \1\ 47 CFR Sec.  54.202(e): All eligible telecommunications 
carriers shall retain all records required to demonstrate to 
auditors that the support received was consistent with the universal 
service high-cost program rules. These rules should include the 
following: data supporting line count filings; historical customer 
records; fixed asset property accounting records; general ledgers; 
invoice copies for the purchase and maintenance of equipment; 
maintenance contracts for the upgrade or equipment; and any other 
relevant documentation. This documentation must be maintained for at 
least five years from the receipt of funding.
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    Low-income program. With respect to the two low-income universal 
service programs Lifeline and Link-Up, the FCC has concluded that it 
should maintain the current two-tiered document retention requirements. 
Participating service providers must retain a record verifying the 
eligibility of a recipient of the program for as long as the recipient 
continues to receive supported service and three years more, and to 
make it available in conjunction with any audit to which it may be 
relevant. However, the R&O removes the clause that waives the 
requirement to retain documentation of eligibility once an audit is 
completed. The FCC also clarifies that beneficiaries must make 
available all documentation and records that pertain to them, including 
those of contractors and consultants working on their behalf, to the 
Commission's OIG, to the USF Administrator, and to auditors working on 
their behalf. See 47 CFR 54.417(a).\2\
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    \2\ 47 CFR Sec.  54.417(a): Eligible telecommunications carriers 
must maintain records to document compliance with all Commission and 
state requirements governing the Lifeline/Link Up programs for the 
three full years preceding calendar years and requiring carriers to 
retain documentation for as long as the customer receives Lifeline 
service from the ETC or until audited by the Administrator and 
provide that documentation to the Commission or Administrator upon 
request * * *.
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    Rural health care and schools and libraries programs. The FCC 
maintains the current requirement that rural health care providers and 
schools and libraries must retain their records, which evidence that 
the funding they receive was proper, for 5 years. In addition, this 
requirement will now also apply to those service providers that receive 
support for serving rural health care providers. Furthermore, the FCC 
clarifies that beneficiaries must make available all documents and 
records that pertain to them, including those of contractors and 
consultants, working on their behalf, to the Commission's OIG, to the 
USF Administrator, and to their auditors, as required by 47 CFR 
54.516(a) \3\ and 47 CFR 54.619(a).\4\
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    \3\ 47 CFR Sec.  54.516(a) Recordkeeping requirements--(1) 
Schools and libraries. Schools and libraries shall retain all 
documents related to the application for, receipt, and delivery of 
discounted telecommunications and other supported services for at 
least 5 years after the last day of the service delivered in a 
particular Funding Year. Any other document that demonstrates 
compliance with the statutory or regulatory requirements for the 
schools and libraries mechanism shall be retained as well. Schools 
and libraries shall maintain asset and inventory records of 
equipment purchased as components of supported internal connections 
services sufficient to verify the actual location of such equipment 
for a period of five years after purchase.
    \4\ 47 CFR Sec.  54.619(d) Service providers. Service providers 
shall retain documents related to the delivery of discounted 
telecommunications and other supported services for at least five 
years after the last day of the delivery of discounted services. Any 
documentation that demonstrates compliance with the statutory or 
regulatory requirements for the rural health care mechanism shall be 
retained as well.
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    Contributors. The R&O also requires contributors to the Universal 
Service Fund to retain all documents and records, e.g., financial 
statements and supporting documentation, etc., that they may require to 
demonstrate to auditors that their contributions were made in 
compliance with the program rules, assuming that audits are conducted 
within 5 years. The FCC clarifies that contributors must make available 
all documents and records that pertain to them, including those of 
contractors and consultants working on their behalf, to the 
Commission's OIG, to the USF Administrator, and to their auditors.
    Connectivity. The FCC will require the USF Administrator to work 
with the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau to modify the 
relevant FCC Forms or to create additional questions for USF program 
participants to determine more accurately how schools and libraries 
connect to the Internet and their precise levels of connectivity.
    These new and revised information collection requirements, which 
include document retention and recordkeeping requirements, etc., will 
affect numerous information collections that the FCC currently 
maintains. Once OMB approves these requirements, the FCC will begin to 
update these information collections as required by the rules adopted 
in this R&O.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E7-24794 Filed 12-20-07; 8:45 am]
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