Please be aware that USAC has not yet announced the dates of the upcoming FY2017 Form 471 filing window. However, if you need to file a Form 470 for new services, you can do that now. Just remember, you are required to wait a minimum of 28-days after filing the Form 470 before choosing your Service Provider, and awarding contracts, if applicable.
The reason for the delay is USAC is currently working on updating applicant EPC entity profiles with data validated during the FY 2016 PIA application review process.
Once USAC completes all its entity profile updates, we expect they will publicly announce the completion of this step, and give applicants a specified time period (perhaps a month) to review and update their entity profiles prior to the opening of the FY 2017 application window.
This will become a critical period for applicants to make changes to their profiles, presumably before the profiles are locked down during the application window.
Based on lessons learned during the FY2016 filing season, where library and consortium applicants were unable to file their Form 471 application until the school applicants updated their student and free/reduced lunch counts, this “update” period will prevent the need for separate Form 471 filing windows.
USAC strongly encourages applicants not to make changes to their entity profiles while they complete the update process.
It is very important that applicants carefully follow USAC’s entity profile procedures over the next couple of months. Once the FY 2017 application window opens, opportunities to correct entity profiles will be limited.
**Please note, because of the delay in the opening of the window, I will be forced to delay the Form 471 workshops that are scheduled to start next week. I apologize for the inconvenience, but I will not have access to form changes until shortly before the window opens. I will post the new dates ASAP, and continue to email updates as new information is received.
If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
State E-Rate Coordinator