$1.67 billion has been committed for Category One services in funding year 2018. Of this amount, $1.11 billion has been authorized for disbursement. This leaves a balance of $568 million in committed, but yet not disbursed funds. Of this amount, $113 million has an invoice deadline of October 28, 2019.
If an applicant or service provider has not received all its expected E-rate payments, they must submit an invoice deadline extension request by the last date to invoice associated with each funding commitment. For most Funding Year 2018 recurring services, this deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019. There are three groups that should immediately submit an extension request:
- Applicants and service providers who have not completed their payment paperwork and know they need more time to submit it.
- Applicants and service providers who have submitted invoices which have not yet been processed by USAC. If the pending paperwork is denied or short-paid, a new invoice may need to be submitted, but it can only be submitted if the invoice deadline has already been extended.
- Applicants and service providers who are not sure if they will need more time or not to submit payment paperwork.
Submitting an Extension Request
Applicants can request an extension by logging in to EPC and selecting the “Records” tab at the top of the page. Applicants will need to search for and select their BEN, and then click on “Related Actions” from the top menu. Finally, applicants will need to follow the “Invoice Deadline Date Extension Request” link and follow the prompts for entering the FRN detail and checking the FRN extension eligibility. Once the FRNs are listed and submitted, the extension will be automatically granted.
EPC users will receive an email confirming the extension and the decision will also be included in the user’s “News” section in EPC.
While the extension is automatic, it is still a one-time extension. If an applicant or service provider fails to meet the new deadline, the funding would be in jeopardy. Once the extension is filed, applicants and providers should be diligent in invoicing USAC, taking into consideration that any reimbursements not processed by the second deadline may be denied and lost.