USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division hosts monthly service provider conference calls, providing information and guidance for vendors participating in the E-rate program. Highlights from the June 4, 2014 service provider call include:
Invoicing Update: Payments for the month of May totaled $210 million against $248 million in requests. USAC processed invoices for 1499 service providers and 97% of the invoices were processed within 30 days.
Top five reasons for invoice rejection in March:
- Duplicate Invoice
- Total Commitment Paid
- Invalid Form 471/FRN
- Billed Date Prior to Form 486 Start Date
- SPIN Not Registered
Reminders about the FCC Form 500: The Form 500 allows the applicant to make certain adjustments to their funding request such as alerting the SLD that a contract has been extended, the applicant adjusts the service start date, canceling or reducing a funding request or requesting an installation deadline extension.
The SLD wanted to remind service providers that the June 30 recurring services deadline is approaching and many service providers have contracts for non-recurring services that expire on June 30th as well. If the project is not complete the applicant and service provider must extend their contract per the contract terms and then the applicant needs to file a Form 500 alerting the SLD this has been done. No invoices will be paid to the service provider or applicant after June 30 if the Form 500 is not submitted.
SPAC Reminder: Applicants and service providers cannot receive any reimbursement until the service providers submit their annual certification (Form 473). The SLD is advising that this is a good time for service providers to submit their Form 473 for FY 2014.
Note: The information above is not the official minutes from the call, but simply notes from Funds For Learning. The official minutes for this call, as well as call minutes from previous months, can be found here.