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AGENCY:

Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Direct final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations by revising certain requirements regarding the management letter to be provided to RUS by certified public accountants (CPAs) as part of audits of RUS borrowers.

DATES:

This rule will become effective July 5, 2001, unless we receive written adverse comments or written notice of intent to submit adverse comments on or before June 20, 2001. If we receive such comments or notice, we will publish a timely document in the Federal Register withdrawing the rule. A second public comment period will not be held. Parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit adverse comments or notice of intent to submit adverse comments to F. Lamont Heppe, Jr., Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Staff, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1522. RUS requests a signed original and three copies of all comments (7 CFR 1700.4). All comments received will be made available for public inspection at room 4030, South Building, Washington, DC, between the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (7 CFR 1.27(b)).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Annan, Chief, Technical Accounting and Auditing Staff, Program Accounting Services Division, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1523, Washington, DC 20250-1523. Telephone: 202-720-5227.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866

This rule has been determined to be not significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Executive Order 12372

This rule is excluded from the scope of Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Consultation, which may require consultation with state and local offices. See the final rule related notice entitled “Department Programs and Activities Excluded from Executive Order 12372,” (50 FR 47034).

Executive Order 12988

This rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. RUS has determined that this rule meets the applicable standards provided in section 3 of the Executive Order. In addition, all State and local laws and regulations that are in conflict with this rule will be preempted; no retroactive effect will be given to this rule; and, in accordance with section 212(e) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6912(e)) administrative appeal procedures, if any are required, must be exhausted before an action against the Department or its agencies.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

The Administrator of RUS has determined that this rule will not have significant impact on a substantial number of small entities defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). The RUS loan programs provide borrowers with loans at interest rates and terms that are more favorable than those generally available from the private sector. Borrowers, as a result of obtaining federal financing, receive economic benefits that exceed any direct cost associated with RUS regulations and requirements.

National Environmental Policy Act Certification

The Administrator of RUS has determined that this rule will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Therefore, this action does not require an environmental impact statement or assessment.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The program described by this rule is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance programs under Nos. 10.850, Rural Electrification Loans and Loan Guarantees, 10.851, Rural Telephone Loans and Loan Guarantees, and 10.852, Rural Telephone Bank Loans. This catalog is available on a subscription basis from the Superintendent of Documents, the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325, telephone number (202) 512-1800.

Information Collection and Recordkeeping Requirements

The reporting and recordkeeping requirements contained in this rule have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0572-0095, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

Send questions or comments regarding this burden or any other aspect of these collections of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to F. Lamont Heppe, Jr., Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1522.

Unfunded Mandates

This rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provision of title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act) for State, local, and tribal governments or the private sector. Thus, this rule is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Background

Title 7 part 1773 implements the standard RUS security instrument provision requiring RUS electric and telecommunications borrowers to prepare and furnish to RUS, at least once during each 12-month period, a full and complete report of its financial condition, operations, and cash flows, Start Printed Page 27830in form and substance satisfactory to RUS; audited and certified by an independent Certified Public Accountant (CPA), satisfactory to RUS, and accompanied by a report of such audit, in form and substance satisfactory to RUS.

This rule revises requirements for the management letter. Section 1773.33(c) is revised to address continuing property records (CPRs) rather than the term plant records. In addition, the requirement that the CPA state whether the CPRs have been established, is expanded wherein the CPA must state that the CPRs are established, maintained on a current basis, and are reconciled to the general ledger plant accounts. The requirements for the CPA to determine that the borrower secured RUS approval for the sale of plant in § 1773(c)(5) is expanded to include the sale, lease, or transfer of assets secured under the mortgage and to state whether the proceeds were handled in conformance with RUS requirements.

The following requirements under § 1773.33 are eliminated: (1) The requirement for the CPA to determine that loan funds were deposited in banks designated in the loan documents; (2) a corresponding requirement in the telecommunications management letter; (3) the requirement for the CPA to determine that the borrower has complied with the RUS requirement for approval of any lease of a building or land, standard traffic settlement agreement, billing and collecting agreements, toll pooling arrangements, directory service agreements, and joint-use agreement; and (4) the requirement for the CPA to determine borrower compliance with the requirement to maintain a net plant to secured debt ratio or a funded reserve for certain loans wherein the maturity period exceeds the economic life of the plant facilities being financed.

Section 1773.33, Management Letter, specifies the minimum requirements for the CPA's management letter. RUS borrowers have increasingly diversified into other utility and nonutility related activities through the formation of subsidiary and affiliated companies. RUS has need of information on investments in these subsidiary and affiliated companies to assist in its efforts to monitor loan security issues and respond to claims of cross subsidization. A new requirement for the CPA to provide a detailed analysis of borrowers' investments is therefore being added to the management letter requirements. The CPA is required to disclose certain general and financial information regarding each of a borrower's investments in subsidiary and affiliated companies accounted for on the cost or equity basis. This information is readily available in the investment subsidiary records.

In previous versions of part 1773 the sample reports, financial statements, and management letters were contained in four appendices, two for electric borrowers and two for telecommunications borrowers. Beginning with this revision of part 1773, the appendices will no longer be codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The appendices will be available in new RUS Bulletin 1773-1, which will contain all of 7 CFR part 1773 and the appendices. Appendix A will contain the sample reports, financial statements and management letter for electric borrowers while Appendix B will contain similar sample for telecommunications borrowers. The exhibits of the management letters, which are included in the appendices, are attached to this notice for information only. Publishing part 1773 in bulletin form will provide the RUS audit policy in a user-friendly format. A single copy of this publication will be provided to all RUS borrowers and certified public accounts approved to perform audits of RUS borrowers and will be available at http://www.usda.gov/​rus/​ruswide.htm.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1773

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, RUS amends 7 CFR Chapter XVII as follows:

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PART 1773—POLICY ON AUDITS OF RUS BORROWERS

1. The authority citation for Part 1773 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 1921 et seq., 6941 et seq.

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2. Amend § 1773.33 by:

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A. Removing paragraphs (e)(1)(i), (e)(2)(i), (e)(2)(i)(B) through (e)(2)(ii), and (e)(2)(iv);

B. Redesignate paragraphs as listed in the table below:

FromTo
(e)(1)(ii)(e)(1)(i)
(e)(1)(iii)(e)(1)(ii)
(e)(2)(i)(A)(e)(2)(i)
(e)(2)(iii)(e)(2)(ii)

C. Revising paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(5), (e) introductory text, (e)(1) introductory text, and (e)(2) introductory text and redesignated paragraphs (e)(1)(i) and (e)(2)(i); and

D. Adding a new paragraph (i).

The revisions and additions read as follows:

Management letter.
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(c) * * *

(1) Whether continuing property records (CPRs) have been established, are updated on a current basis, at least annually, and are reconciled with the controlling general ledger plant accounts;

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(5) Whether RUS approval was obtained for the sale, lease or transfer of capital assets secured under the mortgage when approval is required, and whether proceeds from the sale or lease of plant, material or scrap were handled in conformance with RUS requirements.

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(e) Compliance with RUS loan and security instrument provisions. State whether the following provisions of RUS’ loan and security instruments have been complied with:

(1) For electric borrowers, provisions related to:

(i) The requirements for a borrower to obtain written approval of mortgagees to enter into any contract for the management, operation, or maintenance of the borrower's system if the contract covers all or substantially all (90 percent) of the electric system. For purposes of this part, the following contracts shall be deemed as requiring RUS approval:

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(2) For telecommunications borrowers, provisions relating to the requirement for a borrower to obtain written approval of the mortgagees to enter into:

(i) Any contract, agreement or lease between the borrower and an affiliate other than as allowed under 7 CFR part 1744, subpart E;

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(i) Investments. For electric and telecommunications borrowers, provide a detailed schedule of all investments in subsidiary and affiliated companies accounted for on either the cost or equity basis. This requirement includes investments in corporations, limited liability corporations and partnerships, joint ventures, etc. For all investments list the name of the entity, ownership percentage, and the principal business in which the entity is engaged. For investments recorded on the cost basis include the original investment, Start Printed Page 27831advances, dividends declared or paid in the current and prior years and the net investment. For investments recorded on the equity basis include the ownership percentage, original investment, advances, and current and prior years' earnings and losses, including accumulated losses in excess of the original investment.

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Dated: May 8, 2001.

Blaine D. Stockton,

Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.

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The Following Appendixes Will Not Appear in the Code of Federal Regulations

Exhibit 5—Illustrative Independent Auditor's Management Letter for Electric Borrowers to Appendix A to RUS Bulletin 1773-1, Sample Auditor's Report for an Electric Cooperative

Exhibit 5—Illustrative Independent Auditor's Management Letter for Electric Borrowers

RUS requires that CPAs auditing RUS borrowers provide a management letter in accordance with § 1773.33. This letter must be signed by the CPA, bear the same date as the auditor's report, and be addressed to the borrower's board of directors.

Illustrative Independent Auditors' Management Letter for Electric Borrowers

March 2, 20X2

Board of Directors

Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc.

[City, State]

We have audited the financial statements of Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 20X1, and have issued our report thereon dated March 2, 20X2. We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, and 7 CFR Part 1773, Policy on Audits of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Borrowers. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.

In planning and performing our audit of the financial statements of Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 20X1, we considered its internal control over financial reporting in order to determine our auditing procedures for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the financial statements and not to provide assurance on the internal control over financial reporting.

Our consideration of the internal control over financial reporting would not necessarily disclose all matters in the internal control over financial reporting that might be material weaknesses. A material weakness is a condition in which the design or operation of one or more of the internal control components does not reduce to a relatively low level the risk that misstatements in amounts that would be material in relation to the financial statements being audited may occur and not be detected within a timely period by employees in the normal course of performing their assigned functions. We noted no matters involving the internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses. [If a material weakness was noted, refer the reader to the independent auditors' report on compliance and on internal control over financial reporting.]

Section 1773.33 requires comments on specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and other additional matters. We have grouped our comments accordingly. In addition to obtaining reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatements, at your request, we performed tests of specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, of compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and of additional matters. The specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and additional matters tested include, among other things, the accounting procedures and records, materials control, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions set forth in § 1773.33(e)(1), related party transactions, depreciation rates, a schedule of deferred debits and credits, and a schedule of investments upon which we express an opinion. In addition, our audit of the financial statements also included the procedures specified in § 1773.38 through 1773.45. Our objective was not to provide an opinion on these specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, or additional matters, and accordingly, we express no opinion thereon.

No reports other than our independent auditors' report and our independent auditors' report on compliance and on internal control over financial reporting, all dated March 2, 2002 or summary of recommendations related to our audit have been furnished to management.

Our comments on specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and other additional matters as required by § 1773.33 are presented below.

Comments on Certain Specific Aspects of the Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

We noted no matters regarding Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting and its operation that we consider to be a material weakness as previously defined with respect to:

—The accounting procedures and records [list other comments];

—The process for accumulating and recording labor, material, and overhead costs, and the distribution of these costs to construction, retirement, and maintenance or other expense accounts [list other comments]; and

—The materials control [list other comments].

Comments on Compliance With Specific RUS Loan and Security Instrument Provisions

At your request, we have performed the procedures enumerated below with respect to compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grants. The procedures we performed are summarized as follows:

—Procedures performed with respect to the requirement for a borrower to obtain written approval of the mortgagee to enter into any contract for the operation or maintenance of property, or for the use of mortgaged property by others for the year ended December 31, 20X1:

1. Obtained and read a borrower-prepared schedule of new written contracts entered into during the year for the operation or maintenance of its property, or for the use of its property by others as defined in § 1773.33(e)(1)(i).

2. Reviewed Board of Director minutes to ascertain whether board-approved written contracts are included in the borrower-prepared schedule.

3. Noted the existence of written RUS [and other mortgagee] approval of each contract listed by the borrower.

Procedure performed with respect to the requirement to submit RUS Form 7 or Form 12 to the RUS:

1. Agreed amounts reported in Form 7 or Form 12 to Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc.'s records.

The results of our tests indicate that, with respect to the items tested, Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc. complied, except as noted below, in all material respects, with the specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions referred to below. The specific provisions tested, as well as any exceptions noted, include the requirements that:

—The borrower has obtained written approval of the RUS [and other mortgagees] to enter into any contract for the operation or maintenance of property, or for the use of mortgaged property by others as defined in § 1773.33(e)(1)(i) [list all exceptions]; and

—The borrower has submitted its Form 7 or Form 12 to the RUS and the Form 7 or Form 12, Financial and Statistical Report, as of December 31, 20X1, represented by the borrower as having been submitted to RUS is in agreement with the Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc.'s audited records in all material respects [list all exceptions] [or if the audit year end is other than December 31], appears reasonable based upon the audit procedures performed [list all exceptions].

Comments on Other Additional Matters

In connection with our audit of the financial statements of Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc., nothing came to our attention that caused us to believe that Center County Electric Energy Association, Inc. failed to comply with respect to:

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—The clearing of the construction accounts and the accrual of depreciation on completed construction addressed at § 1773.33(c)(2) [list all exceptions];

—The retirement of plant addressed at § 1773.33(c)(3) and (4) [list all exceptions];

—Approval of the sale, lease, or transfer of capital assets and disposition of proceeds for the sale or lease of plant, material, or scrap addressed at § 1773.33(c)(5) [list all exceptions];

—The disclosure of material related party transactions, in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 57, Related Party Transactions, for the year ended December 31, 2001, in the financial statements referenced in the first paragraph of this report addressed at § 1773.33(f) [list all exceptions];

—The depreciation rates addressed at § 1773.33(g) [list all exceptions];

—The detailed schedule of deferred debits and deferred credits; and

—The detailed schedule of investments.

Our audit was made for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic financial statements taken as a whole. The detailed schedule of deferred debits and deferred credits required by § 1773.33(h) and the detailed schedule of investments required by § 1773.33(i), and provided below, are presented for purposes of additional analysis and are not a required part of the basic financial statements. This information has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in our audit of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole.

[The detailed schedule of deferred debits and deferred credits would be included here. The total amount of deferred debits and deferred credits as reported in the schedule must agree with the totals reported on the Balance Sheet under the specific captions of “Deferred Debits” and “Deferred Credits”. Those items that have been approved, in writing, by RUS should be clearly indicated.]

[The detailed schedule of investments would be included here. The total of the investment in each company reported must agree with the investment subsidiary accounts.]

This report is intended solely for the information and use of the board of directors, management, and the RUS and supplemental lenders and is not intended to be and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties. However, this report is a matter of public record and its distribution is not limited.

Certified Public Accountants

Exhibit 5—Illustrative Independent Auditor's Management Letter for Telecommunications Borrowers to Appendix B to RUS bulletin 1773-1, sample auditor's report for a telecommunications Cooperative

Exhibit 5—Illustrative Independent Auditor's Management Letter for Telecommunications Borrowers

RUS requires that CPAs auditing RUS borrowers provide a management letter in accordance with § 1773.33. This letter must be signed by the CPA, bear the same date as the auditor's report, and be addressed to the borrower's board of directors.

Illustrative Independent Auditors' Management Letter for Telecommunications Borrowers

March 2, 2002

Board of Directors

Center County

Telecommunications Systems, Inc.

(City, State)

We have audited the financial statements of Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 20X1, and have issued our report thereon dated March 2, 20X2. We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, and 7 CFR Part 1773, Policy on Audits of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Borrowers. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.

In planning and performing our audit of the financial statements of Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 20X1, we considered its internal control over financial reporting in order to determine our auditing procedures for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the financial statements and not to provide assurance on the internal control over financial reporting.

Our consideration of the internal control over financial reporting would not necessarily disclose all matters in the internal control over financial reporting that might be material weaknesses. A material weakness is a condition in which the design or operation of one or more of the internal control components does not reduce to a relatively low level the risk that misstatements in amounts that would be material in relation to the financial statements being audited may occur and not be detected within a timely period by employees in the normal course of performing their assigned functions. We noted no matters involving the internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses. [If a material weakness was noted, refer the reader to the independent auditors' report on compliance and on internal control over financial reporting.]

Section 1773.33 requires comments on specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and other additional matters. We have grouped our comments accordingly. In addition to obtaining reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatements, at your request, we performed tests of specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, of compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and of additional matters. The specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and additional matters tested include, among other things, the accounting procedures and records, materials control, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions set forth in § 1773.33(e)(2), and related party transactions and investments. In addition, our audit of the financial statements also included the procedures specified in § 1773.38 through 1773.45. Our objective was not to provide an opinion on these specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, or additional matters, and accordingly, we express no opinion thereon.

No reports other than our independent auditors' report, and our independent auditors' report on compliance and on internal control over financial reporting, all dated March 2, 2002 or summary of recommendations related to our audit have been furnished to management.

Our comments on specific aspects of the internal control over financial reporting, compliance with specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions, and other additional matters as required by § 1773.33 are presented below.

Comments On Certain Specific Aspects of the Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

We noted no matters regarding Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting and its operation that we consider to be a material weakness as previously defined with respect to:

—The accounting procedures and records [list other comments];

—The process for accumulating and recording labor, material, and overhead costs, and the distribution of these costs to construction, retirement, and maintenance or other expense accounts [list other comments]; and—

The materials control [list other comments].

Comments On Compliance With Specific RUS Loan and Security Instrument Provisions

At your request, we have performed the procedures enumerated below with respect to compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grants. The procedures we performed are summarized as follows:

—Procedures performed with respect to the requirement for a borrower to obtain written approval of the mortgagee to enter into any contract, agreement or lease between the borrower and an affiliate for the year ended December 31, 2001:

1. Obtained and read a borrower-prepared schedule of new written contracts, agreements or leases entered into during the year between the borrower and an affiliate as defined in § 1773.33(e)(2)(i).

2. Reviewed Board of Director minutes to ascertain whether board-approved written contracts are included in the borrower-prepared schedule.

3. Noted the existence of written RUS [and other mortgagee] approval of each contract listed by the borrower.

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—Procedure performed with respect to the requirement to submit RUS Form 479 to the RUS:

1. Agreed amounts reported in Form 479 to Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc.'s records.

The results of our tests indicate that, with respect to the items tested, Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc. complied, except as noted below, in all material respects, with the specific RUS loan and security instrument provisions referred to below. The specific provisions tested, as well as any exceptions noted, include the requirements that:

—The borrower has obtained written approval of the RUS [and other mortgagees] to enter into any contract agreement or lease with an affiliate as defined in § 1773.33(e)(2)(i) [list all exceptions]; and

—The borrower has submitted its Form 479 to the RUS and the Form 479, Financial and Statistical Report, as of December 31, 2001, represented by the borrower as having been submitted to RUS is in agreement with the Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc.'s audited records in all material respects [list all exceptions] [or if the audit year end is other than December 31], appears reasonable based upon the audit procedures performed [list all exceptions].

Comments on Other Additional Matters

In connection with our audit of the financial statements of Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc., nothing came to our attention that caused us to believe that Center County Telecommunications Systems, Inc. failed to comply with respect to:

—The reconciliation of continuing property records to the controlling general ledger plant accounts addressed at § 1773.33(c)(1) [list all exceptions];

—The clearing of the construction accounts and the accrual of depreciation on completed construction addressed at § 1773.33(c)(2) [list all exceptions];

—The retirement of plant addressed at § 1773.33(c)(3) and (4) [list all exceptions];

—The approval of the sale, lease, or transfer of capital assets and disposition of proceeds for the sale of lease of plant, material, or scrap addressed at § 1773.33(c)(5) [list all exceptions]; The disclosure of material related party transactions, in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 57, Related Party Transactions, for the year ended December 31, 2001, in the financial statements referenced in the first paragraph of this report addressed at § 1773.33(f) [list all exceptions]; and

—The detailed schedule of investments.

Our audit was made for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic financial statements taken as a whole. The detailed schedule of investments required by § 1773.33(i) and provided below is presented for purposes of additional analysis and is not a required part of the basic financial statements. This information has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in our audit of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole.

[The detailed schedule of investments would be included here. The total of the investment in each company reported must agree with the detail investment subsidiary accounts.]

This report is intended solely for the information and use of the board of directors, management, and the RUS and supplemental lenders and is not intended to be and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties. However, this report is a matter of public record and its distribution is not limited.

Certified Public Accountants

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