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                           DA 05-1729

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED


Mr. Ronald R. Morrett, Jr.
1809 Holly Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110


     Re:  Notice of Suspension and of Proposed Debarment
          File No. EB-03-IH-0615

Dear Mr. Morrett:

     The Federal Communications Commission (``FCC'' or 
``Commission'') has received notice of your May 16, 2005 
conviction for conspiracy to engage in bribery in a federally 
funded program, in violation of 18 U.S.C.  371.1  Consequently, 
pursuant to 47 C.F.R. 54.521, this letter constitutes official 
notice of your suspension from the schools and libraries 
universal service support mechanism (or ``E-Rate program'').  In 
addition, the Enforcement Bureau (``Bureau'') hereby notifies you 
that we are commencing debarment proceedings against you.2

I.   Notice of Suspension

     Pursuant to section 54.521(a)(4) of the Commission's rules,3 
your conviction requires the Bureau to suspend you from 
participating in any activities associated with or related to the 
schools and libraries support mechanism, including the receipt of 
funds or discounted services through the schools and libraries 
support mechanism, or consulting with, assisting, or advising 
applicants or service providers regarding the schools and 
libraries support mechanism.4  Your suspension becomes effective 
upon the earlier of your receipt of this letter or publication of 
notice in the Federal Register.5  

     Suspension is immediate pending the Bureau's final debarment 
determination.  You may contest this suspension or the scope of 
this suspension by filing arguments in opposition to the 
suspension, with any relevant documentation.  Your request must 
be received within 30 days after you receive this letter or after 
notice is published in the Federal Register, whichever comes 
first.6  Such requests, however, will not ordinarily be granted.7  
The Bureau may reverse or limit the scope of suspension only upon 
a finding of extraordinary circumstances.8  Absent extraordinary 
circumstances, the Bureau will decide any request for reversal or 
modification of suspension within 90 days of its receipt of such 
request.9  

II.  Notice of Proposed Debarment

     II.A.     Reasons for and Cause of Debarment 

     The Commission has established procedures to prevent persons 
who have ``defrauded the government or engaged in similar acts 
through activities associated with or related to the schools and 
libraries support mechanism'' from receiving the benefits 
associated with that program.10  As provided by your December 8, 
2003 plea agreement upon which your conviction is based, you 
pleaded guilty to a felony information charging you with 
conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C.  371.11  The felony 
information alleges that in 2000, the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) 
School District awarded a multi-million dollar E-Rate contract to 
you and EMO Communications, Inc. (``EMO'') for the development 
and installation of an educational technology system for the 
school district; that a grant from the E-Rate program funded a 
substantial portion of the cost of this contract; that you and 
EMO received payments from the E-Rate program only after John 
Weaver, Information Technology Director for the school district, 
certified that you and EMO had performed specified work under the 
contract; and that you agreed to make kickback payments of more 
than $1.9 million to Weaver while he processed certifications 
that were essential to you in obtaining E-Rate funded payments on 
the contract.12  The felony information charges you, Weaver, and 
others with conspiring to corruptly give, offer, and agree to 
give things of value with the intent to influence an agent of the 
Harrisburg School District and in furtherance of that conspiracy, 
causing more than $1.9 million in payments to be made to 
Weaver.13  Pursuant to your plea agreement, you have pleaded 
guilty to the charge of conspiracy set forth in the felony 
information.  These actions constitute the conduct or 
transactions upon which this debarment proceeding is based.14  
Moreover, your conviction on the basis of these acts falls within 
the categories of causes for debarment defined in section 
54.521(c) of the Commission's rules.15  Therefore, pursuant to 
section 54.521(a)(4) of the Commission's rules, your conviction 
requires the Bureau to commence debarment proceedings against 
you.  

     II.B.     Debarment Procedures

     You may contest debarment or the scope of the proposed 
debarment by filing arguments and any relevant documentation 
within 30 calendar days of the earlier of the receipt of this 
letter or of publication in the Federal Register.16  Absent 
extraordinary circumstances, the Bureau will debar you.17  Within 
90 days of receipt of any opposition to your suspension and 
proposed debarment, the Bureau, in the absence of extraordinary 
circumstances, will provide you with notice of its decision to 
debar.18  If the Bureau decides to debar you, its decision will 
become effective upon the earlier of your receipt of a debarment 
notice or publication of the decision in the Federal Register.19  

     II.C.     Effect of Debarment

     If and when your debarment becomes effective, you will be 
prohibited from participating in activities associated with or 
related to the schools and libraries support mechanism for at 
least three years from the date of debarment.20  The Bureau may, 
if necessary to protect the public interest, extend the debarment 
period.21 
     
     Please direct any responses to the following address:

Diana Lee
Federal Communications Commission
Enforcement Bureau, Investigations and Hearings Division
Room 4C-330
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20554

If you submit your response via hand-delivery or non-United 
States Postal Service delivery (e.g., Federal Express, DHL, 
etc.), please send the response to Ms. Lee at the following 
address:

Federal Communications Commission
9300 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, MD  20743

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lee via mail, by 
telephone at (202) 418-1420 or by e-mail at diana.lee@fcc.gov.  
If Ms. Lee is unavailable, you may contact Eric Bash by telephone 
at (202) 418-1420 and by e-mail at eric.bash@fcc.gov.
                                   
                                   Sincerely yours,


                                   William H. Davenport
                                   Chief
                                   Investigations and Hearings 
Division
                                   Enforcement Bureau
 
cc:  Brian Perry, Esq., Nealson & Gover
     Kristy Carroll, Esq., USAC (E-mail)
     Marty Carlson, Esq., Assistant United States Attorney, 
Middle District of Pennsylvania    (E-mail)
_________________________

1Any further reference in this letter to ``your conviction'' 
refers to your December 8, 2003 guilty plea for conspiracy and 
conviction therefor.  See United States v. Morrett, Criminal 
Docket No. 03-337, Information at 4 (M.D.Pa. filed December 8, 
2003) (``Morrett Information''); United States v. Morrett, 
Criminal Docket No. 03-337, Plea Agreement at 1-2 (M.D.Pa. filed 
Dec. 8, 2003) (``Morrett Plea Agreement''); United States v. 
Morrett, Criminal Docket No. 03-337, Judgment (M.D.Pa. filed May 
16, 2005 and entered May 18, 2005).
247 C.F.R.  54.521; 47 C.F.R.  0.111(a)(14) (delegating to the 
Enforcement Bureau authority to resolve universal service 
suspension and debarment proceedings pursuant to 47 C.F.R.  
54.521).
347 C.F.R.  54.521(a)(4).  See Schools and Libraries Universal 
Service Support Mechanism, Second Report and Order and Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 18 FCC Rcd 9202, 9225-9227,  67-
74 (2003) (``Second Report and Order'').
4Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9225,  67; 47 U.S.C.  
254; 47 C.F.R  54.502-54.503; 47 C.F.R. 54.521(a)(4).
5Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  69; 47 C.F.R.  
54.521(e)(1).
6Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70; 47 C.F.R.  
54.521(e)(4).
7Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70.
847 C.F.R.  54.521(f).
9See Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70; 47 C.F.R. 
 54.521(e)(5), 54.521(f).
10Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9225,  66.
11See Morrett Plea Agreement at 1.
12Morrett Information at 2-3.
13Morrett Information at 4-5.
14Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70; 47 C.F.R.  
54.521(e)(2)(i).
15``Causes for suspension and debarment are the conviction of or 
civil judgment for attempt or commission of criminal fraud, 
theft, embezzlement, forgery, bribery, falsification or 
destruction of records, making false statements, receiving stolen 
property, making false claims, obstruction of justice and other 
fraud or criminal offense arising out of activities associated 
with or related to the schools and libraries support mechanism.''  
47 C.F.R. 54.521(c).  Such activities ``include the receipt of 
funds or discounted services through the schools and libraries 
support mechanism, or consulting with, assisting, or advising 
applicants or service providers regarding schools and libraries 
support mechanism described in this section ([47 C.F. R.]  
54.500 et seq.).''  47 C.F.R.  54.521(a)(1).
16See Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70; 47 
C.F.R.  54.521(e)(2(i), 54.521(e)(3). 
17Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9227,  74.
18See Id., 18 FCC Rcd at 9226,  70; 47 C.F.R.  54.521(e)(5).
19Id.  The Commission may reverse a debarment, or may limit the 
scope or period of debarment upon a finding of extraordinary 
circumstances, following the filing of a petition by you or an 
interested party or upon motion by the Commission.  47 C.F.R.  
54.521(f).
20Second Report and Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 9225,  67; 47 C.F.R.  
54.521(d), 54.521(g).
21Id.