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Dr. Dennis L. Bruno, Notice of Debarment Action, E-Rate Program

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Released: March 15, 2012
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20554
Enforcement Bureau
Investigations and Hearings
Division
March 15, 2012
DA 12-409

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
AND E-MAIL

Dr. Dennis L. Bruno
c/o Mr. Arthur T. McQuillan
McQuillan Law Offices
206 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

Re:

Notice of Debarment
File No. EB-11-IH-1582

Dear Dr. Bruno:
The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) hereby notifies you that,
pursuant to Section 54.8 of its rules, you are prohibited from participating in the schools and
libraries universal service support mechanism (E-Rate program) for three years from either
the date of your receipt of this Notice of Debarment, or of its publication in the Federal
Register, whichever is earlier in time (Debarment Date).1
On November 18, 2011, the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) sent you a
Notice of Suspension and Initiation of Debarment Proceeding (Notice of Suspension)2 that
was published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2011.3 The Notice of Suspension
suspended you from participating in activities associated with or relating to the E-Rate
program and described the basis for initiating debarment proceedings against you, the
applicable debarment procedures, and the effect of debarment.
As discussed in the Notice of Suspension, on May 9, 2011, you pled guilty to
intentionally misappropriating approximately $49,600 in federal education funds from the


1 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(g). See also 47 C.F.R. § 0.111 (delegating authority to the Enforcement Bureau to resolve
universal service suspension and debarment proceedings).
2 Letter from Theresa Z. Cavanaugh, Acting Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau,
Federal Communications Commission, to Dr. Dennis L. Bruno, Notice of Suspension and Initiation of
Debarment Proceeding, 26 FCC Rcd 16006 (Enf. Bur. 2011) (Attachment 1).
3 76 Fed. Reg. 74058 (Nov. 30, 2011).

Dr. Dennis L. Bruno
March 15, 2012
Page 2
Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Education program in your capacity as
Superintendent of the Glendale School District.4 Additionally, you admitted and stipulated in a
plea agreement that you had conspired with others to fraudulently obtain $414,421.92 from
the E-Rate program.5 Pursuant to Section 54.8(c) of the Commission’s rules, your conviction
of criminal conduct in connection with the E-Rate program is the basis for your debarment.6
In accordance with the Commission’s debarment rules, you were required to file with
the Commission any opposition to your suspension or its scope, or to your proposed
debarment or its scope, no later than 30 calendar days from either the date of your receipt of
the Notice of Suspension or of its publication in the Federal Register, whichever date
occurred first.7 The Commission did not receive any such opposition.
For the foregoing reasons, you are debarred from participating in the E-Rate program
for three years from the Debarment Date.8 During this debarment period, you are excluded
from participating in any activities associated with or related to the E-Rate program,
including the receipt of funds or discounted services through the E-Rate program, or
consulting with, assisting, or advising applicants or service providers regarding the E-Rate
program.9
Sincerely,
Theresa Z. Cavanaugh
Acting Chief
Investigations and Hearings Division
Enforcement Bureau
cc: Johnnay Schrieber, Universal Service Administrative Company (via e-mail)
Rashann Duvall, Universal Service Administrative Company (via e-mail)
Stephanie L. Haines, United States Attorney’s Office, Western Pennsylvania (via e-mail)


4 United States v. Dennis L. Bruno, Criminal Docket No. 11-15 J, Arraignment Plea; UNITED STATES
ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, News, Former Superintendent Pleads Guilty to
Federal Program Theft, May 9, 2011, at
http://www.justice.gov/usao/paw/news/2011/2011_may/2011_05_09_05.html (Press Release).
5 Press Release at 1.
6 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(c).
7 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.8 (e)(3), (4). Any opposition had to be filed no later than December 30, 2011.
8 Id. §§ 54.8(e)(5), (g).
9 Id. §§ 54.8(a)(1), (5), (d).

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