E-Rate Weekly News Brief
October 19, 2007
Commitments for Funding Year 2007
Funding Year 2007. USAC will release FY2007 Wave 25 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) October 23. This wave will include commitments for approved Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance requests at 83% and above. As of October 19, FY2007 commitments total just under $1.59 billion.
On the day after the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have a commitment by using USAC’s Automated Search of Commitments tool.
Updates to Website Documents
USAC periodically updates website documents or creates new documents to reflect changes in rules, policies, or procedures. If you print guidance documents from the website for reference, you can find the date the document was created or the last date it was updated by referring to the “Last modified on mm/dd/yyyy” caption at the bottom of the document.
You should of course check any printouts to verify that you have the most recent information. We will assist you by noting in a News Brief when guidance documents are created or updated.
The following documents have been modified in the last several weeks to reflect current information and/or guidance.
In certain circumstances, USAC can now accept new information on appeal. The appellant can, for example, provide new information:
Note, however, that USAC will not accept new information:
Each year USAC conducts a number of beneficiary audits. The auditors that conduct these audits make a number of observations about beneficiaries’ compliance with program rules. USAC uses this information to update the audit observations document on the website.
This update reflects auditor observations made during the most recent round of Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) audits which covered funding requests from FY2002 through FY2004.
In all cases, if USAC believes a cost allocation is necessary, USAC will contact an applicant before modifying the funding request. The applicant will have the opportunity to accept the modification or to challenge it and provide alternative information together with supporting documentation.
If an applicant has not provided cost allocation information for a request that USAC believes must be modified, USAC will do the following:
The cost allocation document also provides additional links to existing examples of acceptable methods of cost allocation.
This page is updated after a “Notice of Suspension and of Proposed Debarment” or a “Notice of Debarment” is issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to a program participant. The name of the program participant, a link to the Notice on the FCC’s website, the date of the Notice, and (for debarments) the term of the debarment are added to the list provided at the bottom of this document.
If a funding request contains ineligible products and services, Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) will contact the applicant to determine the exact cost of the ineligible items. The applicant then has two choices for removing those ineligible items:
If the applicant does not respond to USAC and the cost of the ineligible items is 30% or more of the funding request, the funding request will be denied under the 30% Rule.
Remember also to refer to the new documents announced in the September 14 News Brief: