Safeguarding the integrity of universal service program activities involves important responsibilities for both USAC and program participants. USAC must take in, process, and evaluate information received from program participants and universal service fund contributors in an accurate, timely fashion. Beneficiaries must provide USAC with full, correct information and comply with program rules.
To ensure the highest level of program integrity, USAC conducts audits of beneficiaries. USAC operates the Beneficiary and Contributor Audit Program (BCAP) and Payment Quality Assurance (PQA) Program.
Any party (including, but not limited to entities filing an FCC Form 499, federal universal service program applicants, and service providers) that wishes to file an appeal of a USAC decision may file an appeal.