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1 ARKANSAS Work Group (AEWG)

2 WELCOME This will be a quick overview of the E- rate activity for the summer followed by an overview of the last 14 FCC’s General Resolution Orders

3 Year 10 (2007-2008) If you HAVE been funded…. File 486 within 120 days after FCDL date. –Cannot file 486 until an FRN has been funded. Contact vendors if you would like to receive discounted bills. Appeal within 60 days of FCDL date if you disagree with a decision.

4 Year 10 (2007-2008) BEAR deadline is October 28, 2007! –For recurring services –(Jan 28, 2008 for nonrecurring services) File Invoice Deadline Extension Request within 30 days if you missed deadline. Submit SPIN change requests by October 28. –Approval of SPIN change will give you an automatic invoice deadline extension of 120 days. –Submit SPIN changes using “Submit a Question” on SLD website. File Form 500 to release funding or cancel FRN

5 SPIN CHANGE Corrective SPIN CHANGE –A corrective SPIN change is a notification to USAC that the SPIN associated with a Funding Request Number (FRN) is not correct. This occurs when (1) either the applicant or USAC made a data entry error or (2) a change occurred that was not initiated by the applicant. Corrective SPIN changes include the following: –Data entry errors made by the applicant or USAC when the Form 471 was submitted on paper or by the applicant when the Form 471 was submitted online. This includes entering the wrong SPIN on the Form 471 because you entered the SPIN for another provider or entering the wrong SPIN because your provider has multiple SPINs and you chose the wrong one. –The original service provider has merged with, or been acquired by, another company and the SPIN indicated on the FRN has changed. –Other instances when the SPIN indicated on the Form 471 changed when such change was not initiated by the applicant.

6 SPIN CHANGE OPERATIONAL SPIN CHANGE –An Operational SPIN change is a request to change the service provider associated with an FRN. The change in service providers is the result of a deliberate decision by the applicant to change the service provider supplying the services for an FRN.

7 Split FRNs When service on single FRN is provided by two different companies in a single funding year. Accomplished by submitting Operational SPIN Change to SLD. –Must state beginning date and ending date for each provider –Also include how much $ should be allotted to each provider. 486 required for BOTH FRNs.

8 Data Retrieval Tool Most data on SLD website, using DRT Download by state, by SPIN, by entity, etc Updated nightly Shows: –Entity info / 471# / FRN # / 470 # / SPIN –if FRN funded –whether 486 was submitted –last date to invoice –original requested amount & committed amount –discount –invoice paid and by what mode –etc.

9 2 in 5 Rule for IC Determined on an entity basis (ie each school, library or NIF) 2006 is the second year for the rule All entities on a Block 4 worksheet that received a positive commitment for IC, are counted as taking a year –Can “erase” year if funding not used and Form 500 submitted to cancel FRN. If a school or library building received IC funding in 2005 and 2006, that school or library is not eligible again until 2010.

10 Document Retention Documentation retention – five years from last date of service Training Material Eligible Services List Copies of: – All forms –ALL bids and quotes –Contracts and agreements –Invoices –Payment record –All correspondence between applicant & service provider Service Provider selection process

11 FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Released Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) –Asks for comments on sweeping changes Formula to Schools/Libraries? What forms could be eliminated? What else should be changed? –Comments were due Oct. 18, 2005 with Reply Comments due Dec. 19, 2005 Enter “02-6” in the Proceeding to view all comments No action to-date

12 Recent FCC Decisions We note that the primary jobs of most of the people filling out these forms include school administrators, technology coordinators and teachers, as opposed to staff dedicated to pursuing federal grants, especially in small school districts. Even when a school official becomes adept at the application process, unforeseen events or emergencies may delay filings in the event there is no other person proficient enough to complete the forms

13 BISHOP PERRY The FCC recognized three types of errors that should not be cause for outright rejection of an application: –(1) immaterial clerical errors, –(2) ministerial errors, and –(3) procedural errors. Below are examples of these all from the FCC decisions. The first three are general, followed by more specific examples

14 BISHOP PERRY Failure to comply with minimum processing standards. Failure to file a Form 470 or 471 in a timely manner. Failure to timely file certifications related to a Form 470. Clerical errors on the part of applicants who inadvertently left portions of the Form 470 or Form 471 blank or made minor errors while completing the form. Technical problems, either with applicant's equipment or while interfacing with the SLD's online filing system, and thus failed to properly file electronically. Rules and instructions for filing a Form 470 or Form 471 are vague and unclear. Denial for filing outside the Form 471 filing window when applicant maintains they submitted the relevant information on time and it is difficult to determine whether the error was the fault of the applicant, USAC or a third party. Applicants' staff made a mistake that prevented them from filing on time or inadvertently failed to file the application forms in a timely manner. Applicants had an emergency situation and were unable to comply with the filing deadline due to staff illness or relatives of staff members who were ill. Failure to file a Form 471 in a timely manner due to circumstances beyond the applicant's control, such as school reorganizations or inclement weather. Denial of funding for applications because their FCC Forms 470 were not certified or not certified before the close of the filing window. Hardship or impact on the applicant's) should be considered when analyzing whether a given application should be funded or rejected

15 Recent FCC Decisions ORDERCOMMON NAME DATETOPIC FCC 06-54Bishop Perry05/19/06Clerical & Ministerial Errors FCC 06-55Pattern Analysis05/19/06Form 470 Similarities DA 06-1642Academia Discipulos08/15/06Bid Assessments DA 06-1871Alaska Gateway09/14/06Form 486 Deadline DA 06-1907Academia Claret09/21/06Discount Rate Justification DA 07-1180Academy for Academic Excellence 03/09/07Form 471 Filing Deadline

16 Recent FCC Decisions ORDERCOMMON NAME DATETOPIC FCC 07-35Adams County03/28/07Contracts FCC 07-36Alpaugh Unified0328/07PIA Responses FCC 07-37Brownsville03/28/07Technology Plans FCC 07-60Academy of Excellence 05/08/07Required Resources FCC 07-61Aiken County Public Schools 05/08/0730% Rule FCC 07-62Bootheel Consortium05/08/07Ineligible Entities FCC 07-63Aberdeen School District 05/08/0728-Day Posting DA 07-2111Brewster Academy05/18/07Eligible Telecom Provider

17 FCC Office of Inspector General Issues Report Technology Plans –Beneficiary did not have an approved technology plan, technology plan was outdated, etc. Ineligible Items –Beneficiary was reimbursed for ineligible products or services. FCC Form 500 –Beneficiary did not submit a Form 500 to USAC when the commitment was not fully utilized.

18 FCC Office of Inspector General Issues Report FCC Form 472/474 Items –Errors in amounts for reimbursement, inadequate support, etc. Children’s Internet Protection Act –Beneficiary did not comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

19 FCC Office of Inspector General Issues Report Technology Budget –The beneficiary did not have proper approval for its budget or an adequate amount budgeted for its share of the non-discounted costs. Equipment –Equipment missing, not installed, no asset lining maintained, etc. Discount Calculation –Beneficiary incorrectly calculated its discount percentage, could not support the discount, or could not provide documentation to verify information on the FCC Form 471.

20 FCC Office of Inspector General Issues Report Service Provider Billing –Bills not properly prepared or inaccurate. Document Retention –Beneficiary did not maintain the required documentation or documentation was non- existent.

21 RESOURCES Schools and Libraries / USAC web site Client Service Bureau Use the “Submit a Question” link on the web site Fax toll-free at 1-888-276-8736 Telephone toll-free at 1-888-203-8100 Form instructions 21

22 RESOURCES AEWG E-rate website: AEWG E-rate list serve: or send a message with the word `help’ in it to the request address, Arkansas Contacts Wilma Toombs, ADE –501) 682-1286 or Becky Rains, DIS – 501.682.4003 or

23 Questions? 23

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