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In This Week's Issue
» Funding Status Update
» E-Rate Updates and Reminders
» Schools and Libraries News Brief dated April 5 — PIA Review

E-Rate Central News for the Week
April 8, 2013

Introduction

The E-Rate Central News for the Week is prepared by E-Rate Central. E-Rate Central specializes in providing consulting, compliance, and forms processing services to E-rate applicants. To learn more about our services, please contact us by phone (516-801-7804), fax (516-801-7814), or through our Contact Us Web form. Additional E-rate information is located on the E-Rate Central Web site.

Funding Status

The FY 2013 Form 471 application filing window closed March 14, 2013. USAC's preliminary estimate of FY 2013 demand should be released by mid-April.

Wave 38 for FY 2012 will be released on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, for $17.8 million. Priority 2 funding is being provided at 90%, and is being denied at 89% and below. Cumulative funding for FY 2012 will be $2.09 billion.

Wave 87 for FY 2011 will be released on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for $1.1 million. Priority 2 requests are being funded at 88% and above, and denied at 87% and below. Cumulative funding for FY 2011 will be $2.55 billion.

E-Rate Updates and Reminders

Automatic Invoice Deadline Extensions:

USAC announced last week that the FCC had instructed it to begin issuing automatic invoice deadline extensions, effective as for FY 2012 FRNs. Normally invoice deadlines are set 120 days after the last date to receive service, typically June 30th for recurring services and September 30th for non-recurring services. Thus the normal invoice deadline for FY 2012 recurring services is October 28, 2013. For non-recurring services, the deadline is January 28, 2014. As of this year, applicants or service providers missing these invoice deadlines will be automatically granted a full one-year extension to October 28th or January 28th, respectively, of the following year. Except for a few unusual circumstances (or for those applicants who simply procrastinate another year), this should mean the end of invoice deadline extension requests.

Procedural details on the automatic invoice extension process have not yet been announced.

FCC Requests for Comments on Revised Forms 472, 473, and 474:

Three weeks ago, the FCC requested comments (DA 13-363) on new draft versions of the Form 472 ("BEAR"), Form 473 ("SPAC"), Form 474 ("SPI"), and their associated instructions. Initial comments, due March 27th; were summarized in our newsletter of April 1, 2013. Reply comments are due April 8th.

Schools and Libraries News Brief Dated April 5 – PIA Review

The SLD News Brief for April 5, 2013, provides an overview of the Program Integrity Assurance ("PIA") process, including both the initial and final application review steps.

Applicants are most likely to receive questions from PIA during the initial review process. The primary focus of an initial review is to check the following:

  • Eligibility of the schools and libraries listed on the application
  • Eligibility of the products and services listed on the Item 21 attachment
  • Discount rate on the Block 4 worksheet(s)
  • Competitive bidding process, including adherence to the 28-day posting requirement
  • Discrepancies between the funding request and the Item 21 attachment and/or supporting documentation

The good news about the review process is that a large percentage of all funding requests are approved as submitted. Changes, if required, may include:

  • Removal of ineligible products and services
  • Removal of ineligible recipients of service
  • Addition of eligible recipients of service
  • Reduction in number of months of service
  • Reduction in amount of funding (based on additional documentation provided)
  • Changing contract start or end dates
  • Changing category of service
  • Changing from month-to-month services to contracted services
  • Changing the establishing FCC Form 470 application number
Disclaimer: This newsletter may contain unofficial information on prospective E-rate developments and/or may reflect our own interpretations of E-rate practices and regulations. Such information is provided for planning and guidance purposes only. It is not meant, in any way, to supplant official announcements and instructions provided by either the SLD or the FCC.