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New Payment Process Starts July 1

USAC has announced details of the new invoice payment process that will take effect this summer. Beginning July 1, 2016, USAC will no longer accept payment requests in paper form; instead all filings will be submitted electronically.

  • The BEAR and SPI forms can still be filed on paper up until July 1, 2016.
  • USAC encourages applicants who have not filed their BEAR forms by June 1 to hold their reimbursement requests and submit them via the new system beginning July 1.
  • The Service Providers Annual Certification (SPAC) form will be available for vendors to complete using the existing E-file System, not via EPC.
  • All payment notification letters will be sent electronically and will appear in a user’s EPC news feed.

Additionally, beginning July 1, 2016, Service Providers will no longer serve as a conduit for applicant reimbursements. Instead, approved BEAR funds will be paid directly into an applicant’s bank account.  Applicants will be required to have a Form 498 on file with USAC in order to receive the direct payments.

You can read the USAC news brief in full here.  

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