Applicants and service providers are reminded that an important procurement deadline is rapidly approaching for Funding Year 2012. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 will be the last day that a Form 470 may be posted while still allowing the required 28 day competitive bidding period prior to the application deadline of March 20. Applicants who file a Form 470 on February 21 will be required to perform vendor selection, sign contracts if necessary (which may require management or school board approval), and submit the Form 471 on the last day of the filing window. Because of this, applicants are encouraged to file FY2012 Forms 470 as soon as possible to avoid filing window deadline pressures.