Schools and Libraries News Brief
April 8, 2011
Commitments for Funding Year 2010
Funding Year 2010. USAC will release FY2010 Wave 45 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) April 12. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 2 (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance) requests at 81% and above and denials at 79% and below. As of April 8, FY2010 commitments total over $2.41 billion.
On the day the FCDL's are mailed, you can check to see if you have a commitment by using USAC's Automated Search of Commitments tool.
Update on May Service Provider Training
Registration for the Atlanta training on Thursday, May 12 has closed. We will continue to work the existing waiting list as cancellations are received. Registration for the Los Angeles training on May 3 is still open and the waiting list is short, so please consider registering for that training if you have a choice.
You can register for the training and get hotel reservation information from the Upcoming Events section of the Trainings and Presentations page on the USAC website. Please email USAC if you need to cancel your registration so we can open a slot for someone else.
Highlights of the RAL Correction Process
Form 471 Application Status Tool. This tool provides real-time information on the status of Forms 471 filed for a specific Billed Entity and funding year.
To use this tool, you must enter a Billed Entity Number (BEN), choose a funding year, and click "Search." The first screen you see gives you general information about the results of your search. If you click "Continue" at the bottom of the page, you will then see the following information for every Form 471 filed for the BEN and funding year you entered:
Below the list of search results is an Application Status Explanation table that provides information on each of the statuses that can be assigned to a Form 471.
Certified Forms 471 - that is, Forms 471 filed online and certified online, filed online and certified on paper, or filed on paper - generally begin with one of two statuses: Certified - In Window or Certified - Out of Window.
Forms 471 in a Certified - In Window status remain in that status until they are assigned to an initial reviewer to begin the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) application review process. Once the Form 471 has been assigned to an initial reviewer its status changes to Initial Review.
Your initial reviewer may have questions about your application. If so, he or she will attempt to contact you using the preferred mode of contact you indicated in Item 6 of the Form 471. If your preferred mode of contact is telephone, the initial reviewer will call you and ask you for a fax number or email address in order to send you written questions and/or requests for information.
After the initial review of an application is complete and the reviewer has recommended a decision on funding, the status of the application changes to Available for Final Review. As above, once the application has been assigned to a final reviewer, the status changes to Final Review.
NOTE: The final reviewer reviews the work of the initial reviewer. If the final reviewer discovers a problem - such as a procedure that was not correctly followed - he or she returns the application to the initial reviewer for additional work. If this happens, the status of the form will change back to Initial Review and your initial reviewer may contact you again. In other words, because this tool shows real-time status, you should not be concerned if your application moves back to Initial Review.
After the final reviewer is satisfied that all procedures have been properly followed and the decision of the initial reviewer is correct, the application may be subject to additional quality checks (Quality Assurance 1 or Quality Assurance 2). As above, if a problem is identified, the form will return to Initial Review status for resolution.
Once the review process is complete, USAC can issue decisions on funding requests. After USAC issues an FCDL, the status of the Form 471 changes to FCDL Issued - 'xx/xx/xxxx' where the x's are replaced by the date the FCDL was issued. Note that if some individual funding requests on the application are in an "As Yet Unfunded" or "Under Review" status, one or more subsequent FCDLs may be issued until USAC has issued a funding decision on all the funding requests on the application. If USAC issues more than one FCDL, the date featured on the Form 471 status will be the date of the latest FCDL.
Some applications may be held or deferred. The following statuses indicate that review of an application has been temporarily suspended:
Note that USAC will not review applications that have the following statuses: