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At times, USAC may conduct post-commitment funding reviews which may include Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviews, audits, appeal reviews, and other investigations (such as whistleblower alerts). As a result of these reviews, USAC may discover that certain funds were committed in error. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) requires USAC to rescind such commitments and recover funding that may have been improperly disbursed. USAC refers to this process as the "Commitment Adjustment" or "COMAD" process.
If a COMAD is necessary, USAC will provide both the applicant and the service provider with a Commitment Adjustment Letter containing a Funding Commitment Report which lists the Funding Request Number(s) (FRNs) affected by the COMAD. Decisions on COMADs can be appealed, and appeal information is included in the letter.
If the amount of funds disbursed to date exceeds the Adjusted Funding Commitment amount, FCC rules require USAC to recover the funds disbursed in error. In these cases, USAC will send a letter to the service provider describing the process for recovering those funds; the applicant will receive a copy of that letter. This letter will include an explanation of the options available for USAC to recover the funds disbursed in error. Future communications from USAC concerning the COMAD are tailored to the response(s) received.
If the amount of funds disbursed to date is less than the Adjusted Funding Commitment amount, USAC will continue to process properly-filed invoices up to the Adjusted Funding Commitment amount.
In general, if funds need to be recovered, USAC will seek recovery from the responsible party.