Addressing the Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program

September 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The Lifeline program, which subsidizes telephone and broadband service for low-income consumers, was the subject of a recent study by the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO). In its report, GAO describes recurring failures of evaluation and oversight creating persistent risk of waste, fraud, and abuse and threatening the ability of Lifeline to serve its intended purpose.

Witnesses:

-  Mr. Seto Bagdoyan, Director, Audit Services, Forensic Audits & Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office
-  Commissioner Chris Nelson, Commissioner, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
-  Ms. Deborah Collier, Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy, Citizens Against Government Waste
-  Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law
-  Ms. Jessica J. González, Deputy Director & Senior Counsel, Free Press


*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Webcast

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Seto Badoyan

    Director
    Forensic Audits & Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office
  • Commissioner Chris Nelson

    Commissioner
    South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
  • Ms. Deborah Collier

    Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy
    Citizens Against Government Waste
  • Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach

    Visiting Scholar
    American Enterprise Institute
  • Ms. Jessica J. González

    Deputy Director & Senior Counsel
    Free Press

Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune