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Monday, April 08, 2013

Minimis Maximus

USAC has sent another semi-annual audit report to the FCC, and the de minimis standard seems to be moving in the right direction.  I played with the numbers in the accompanying spreadsheet, and I like what I see.  As I've mentioned before, at least one applicant from FY 2005 is getting a de minimis exemption for over $18,293.  Now that's a nice minimis.  Even more encouraging, there is no longer any evidence of a recovery for less than $1,000.  Since recoveries are summed for each year, I can't say for sure, and it seems likely that at least one of the three applicants in the "Notification Letter (CAL) Issued" row for 2010 is being pursued for less than $1,000, but in general, recovery amounts seem much higher.

It's still mathematically impossible for same de minimis standard to have been applied to all applicants across all funding years, but at least the situation is improving.

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