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Tribal Broadband: National Strategy and Coordination Framework Needed to Increase Access

GAO-22-104421
Jul 22, 2022
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Executive Office of the President The Executive Office of the President, through the National Economic Council, should develop a national strategy with clear roles, goals, and performance measures for closing the gap in broadband access on tribal lands as part of a broader national broadband strategy. (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 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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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Broadband: National Strategy Needed to Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Digital Divide

GAO-22-104611
May 31, 2022
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Agency Affected 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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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Executive Office of the President Executive Office of the President, through NEC, should develop and implement a national broadband strategy with clear roles, goals, objectives, and performance measures to support better management of fragmented, overlapping federal broadband programs and synchronize coordination efforts. This strategy may identify key statutory provisions that limit program alignment and offer legislative proposals to address the limitations. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Public-Safety Broadband Network: Congressional Action Required to Ensure Network Continuity

GAO-22-104915
Feb 22, 2022
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider reauthorizing FirstNet, including different options for its placement, and provide it with authority to:
  • hold the single spectrum license for Band 14 for public-safety use;
  • administer and oversee the network contract;
  • manage network updates and fee revenue reinvestments; and
  • maintain a public-safety advisory committee to conduct public-safety outreach and consultation. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions Congress has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Spectrum Management: NTIA Should Improve Spectrum Reallocation Planning and Assess Its Workforce

GAO-22-104537
Jan 27, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
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Agency Affected 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 commenting on our report, NTIA agreed to make its reallocation-planning efforts more formal. When we confirm that NTIA has taken additional steps to implement this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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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 commenting on our report, NTIA acknowledged that the documentation describing its policies and procedures regarding collecting and considering agency views needs clarification and agreed to undertake a review to do do so. When we confirm that NTIA has taken additional steps to implement this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should assess for organization-wide competency gaps in key occupations that manage federal spectrum use and develop and implement a plan to address any identified gaps. (Recommendation 3)
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In commenting on our report, NTIA noted that it would undertake efforts to assess for competency gaps in a manner that adheres with best practices. When we confirm that NTIA has taken additional steps to implement this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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