Congressman Wants GAO To Audit CPB, NPR
December 10, 2010 at 5:07 AM (PT)
Rep. DOUG LAMBORN (R-CO) is asking the GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE to audit the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING and NPR, telling the GAO that the government does not have "the luxury of funding non-essential services."
The letter to the GAO's Acting Comptroller General GENE DODARO told the agency that "it is imperative that an accurate and complete snapshot of CPB’s use of taxpayer funding be available to lawmakers and the public. Unfortunately, the charts, figures, statistics and documents posted on these entities’ websites -- and often cited in the news media -- do not sufficiently account for the complicated revenue streams between and within these entities."
LAMBORN, who has previously attempted to pare CPB and NPR funding from the budget and has proposed H.R. 6417 to prohibit federal funding of NPR through Congressional appropriations or federal grants, noted that the NPR was last audited by the GAO in 1983 and asked for details on the source and amount of funding for NPR and its affiliates, the flow of funds from CPB to affiliates through NPR, the relationship between NPR and its affiliates, and whether any federal funding "is used for specific purposes beyond the development of content programming."