Payments for the month of November totaled $178.7 million against requests for $238 million for 1725 service providers and 95% of the invoices were processed within 30 days.
Top Denial Explanations:
Invoice received after deadline
Total commitment paid
No SPAC filed
No Form 486 filed
The SLD reminded applicants that they must file a Form 498 and provide contact and banking information if they plan on going through the BEAR reimbursement process.
Q: If an applicant's FY2015 Category Two applications have been approved but the applicant has decided to either not implement or partially implement a project in order to file FCC Forms 470 for FY2016, how does the applicant ask USAC to return the unused funding to its Category Two budget?
A: The applicant would file a Form 500 in order to cancel or reduce a funding request. The applicant would need to attach a spreadsheet for any reductions explaining to the SLD how to apply the reduction to the specific sites.
Q: Is there a way USAC can give us more information when invoices are denied? I have had three invoices denied, the description says "Service cert received but invalid" and I cannot get any more information.
A: The service provider can “submit a question” through the new EPC system to gain further information.
Q: If a service provider submits bids for bandwidth levels above the maximum amount listed on the FCC Form 470, does the applicant have to evaluate those bids?
A: Applicants would not need to consider those bid responses that do not match what the applicant is seeking.
Note: The summary above is not the official minutes from the webinar, but simply notes from Funds For Learning. The official minutes for this webinar can be found here.