Former Recovery Act Broadband Grants Compliance Officer Launches Consulting Firm; Specializes in ARRA Grants, USF Programs and International Technology Grants

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Cynthia Schultz, former Director of Compliance & Audits of the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, announces the launch of The Schultz Group, a consulting firm specializing in compliance and grants management and administration of federal technology programs.

The Schultz Group was founded to help organizations and companies better navigate the evolving landscape of federal compliance requirements, ultimately allowing quicker roll-out of cutting edge technologies to those who need them most.

Cynthia Schultz, former Director of Compliance & Audits of the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, announces the launch of The Schultz Group, a consulting firm specializing in compliance and grants management and administration of federal technology programs.

The Schultz Group offers comprehensive compliance services to a broad range of clients who participate in federal technology programs such as BTOP, the Rural Utilities Service Broadband Infrastructure Program, Smart Grid, and the FCC’s Universal Service Support Programs, such as E-Rate, Rural Health Care, and Lifeline/Linkup.

"Broadband and technology empower people, offering access to education, health care, and public safety. Access changes everything. In the past two years there has been a dramatic change in how the federal government funds technology in America," Schultz explains.

"Having taken a leading role in the formation of these historic federal programs, I know there are complex compliance requirements that can be difficult and challenging for many recipients, service providers, and organizations. The Schultz Group was founded to help organizations and companies better navigate this evolving landscape of federal compliance requirements, ultimately allowing quicker roll-out of these cutting edge technologies to those who need them most,” adds Schultz.

During her tenure at BTOP, Schultz also served as Tribal Liaison, Environmental Liaison, and Audit Liaison to the DOC Office of inspector General and General Accounting Office. Prior to her work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce, she was a partner in the Technology and Communications Group with Patton Boggs in Washington, DC. She possesses extensive expertise in Universal Service compliance issues, federal regulatory policy, advocacy, appeals, and civil false claim act cases and fraud. Schultz also served as the Director of Service Provider Support for the FCC's E-Rate Program at the Universal Service Administrative Company.

Schultz is globally recognized as a leading expert in compliance processes and strategies for federal technology programs, including ARRA technology grants and federally funded USF Programs, such as E-rate and the Rural Healthcare Program.

Further information about The Schultz Group is available at http://www.theschultzgroup.com.

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