Starting this week, federal program staff from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will begin post-award site visits to get a first-hand perspective on project progress and oversee grant recipients of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a portfolio that approaches $4 billion in federal infrastructure investments. As a core component of the Program’s comprehensive monitoring strategy, these comprehensive visits will allow us to evaluate grant recipients' performance in meeting milestones and complying with grant terms and conditions.
NTIA uses a variety of tools to monitor grantee progress, including regular conference calls, detailed review of quarterly reports, and careful tracking of the expenditure of federal funds. Site visits are a critically important tool to corroborate information provided in written reports and to inspect equipment paid for by the federal government.
Our program staff will be digging deeper on the site visits and, like any good stewards of funds, will be focusing on the core areas of program performance:
(1) Project management - Is the project on time and meeting milestones?
(2) Financial management - Is the project on budget?
(3) Grants management - Are grant recipients and subrecipients meeting all relevant federal requirements?