Although there are no Federal Communications Commission regulations or Schools and Libraries Division policies regarding Universal Service Funding (USF) consulting practices, Funds For Learning (FFL) has an established Code of Conduct that it follows. This Code of Conduct is designed to guard our clients from any conflict of interest and to reduce the likelihood of any appearance of impropriety. These restrictions go above and beyond what is required under federal law. We self-impose these restrictions on our services to underscore that our obligation is solely to help our clients understand and effectively utilize the USF program and to comply with all of its rules. Thus, in regards to:
- FFL will advise clients concerning USF technology plan criteria.
- FFL will not prepare or evaluate specific technology plans.
Requests for Proposal
- FFL will advise clients concerning procurement policies and procedures related to USF participation.
- FFL will assist in the development and/or understanding of RFP requirements related to USF participation.
- FFL will not encourage or recommend the use of specific technologies or services for an applicant.
- FFL will not assist any entity in the preparation or submission of a proposal for USF eligible services.
- FFL will advise a client on the possible application of USF regulations to the choices of particular technology solutions or contracting issues.
- FFL will provide a client with publicly-available information concerning another entity's USF participation.
- FFL will not provide specific criteria for the evaluation of proposals, serve on an evaluation committee, receive and/or score proposals, or otherwise aid in the awarding of contracts.
- FFL's fees are based on our professional judgment related to a client's specific need and our capability to address that need in a timely and professional manner.
- FFL's services are offered to applicant clients on either a flat-fee or a contingency basis. If requesting a contingency-based fee, an applicant's fee will be based on the actual disbursement of USF discounts.
- FFL's services are offered to non-applicant clients only on a predetermined, flat-fee basis. This fee is based solely on the level of service provided by FFL and does not vary, regardless of performance.
Adopted July 2004