After reviewing how a potential multimillion-dollar fraud scheme was halted by the vigilance of San Francisco Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, called for federal officials to beef up their review of eRate applications.

"Thank God for groups like San Francisco that are self-enforcing, but I don't see any real effort at the federal level to apportion the amount that goes out each year," Barton said during the second Congressional hearing on eRate waste, fraud, and abuse, held by the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee July 22 on Capitol Hill.

"I think everyone


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