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FirstNet Authority Continues Trend of Clean Financial Audit

March 7, 2022

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) received an unmodified, or clean, audit opinion on its financial statements for fiscal year (FY) 2021. This is the ninth consecutive year that the FirstNet Authority has earned a clean audit. The audit identified zero material weaknesses, zero significant deficiencies, and zero management-level control deficiencies.

The FirstNet Authority’s mission is to ensure the building, operation, and maintenance of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. Inherent to this mission is our responsibility to be strong fiscal stewards of the public safety resources entrusted to us. One way we uphold this responsibility is by ensuring consistently clean audit opinions.

The FirstNet Authority continues to exercise sound stewardship over our financial resources in the interest of public safety’s network. During FY 2021, the FirstNet Authority funded contractual commitments yielding network expansion of the NPSBN and the buildout of the Band 14 public safety spectrum. Additionally, the FirstNet Authority used fees received from the leasing of the FirstNet Authority’s licensed spectrum for its operations and delivered on its first investments for network enhancements.

We are committed to ensuring sound financial management controls with reliable financial reporting practices. Our finance team works diligently to uphold policies and procedures that strengthen internal controls over financial reporting. Each business division within the FirstNet Authority is dedicated to excellence in executing our financial practices, a dedication shared by the FirstNet Authority leadership and the Department of Commerce.

The audit for FY 2021 was conducted by the independent auditors, Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A.       

Download the full FirstNet FY21 FASB Financial Report.    


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