Rural Health Care


Third Party Authorization

The third party authorization (TPA) provides written authorization to a third party/consultant to complete and submit forms on behalf of consortium members for the HCF Program.


The TPA must include:

  • The name and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) of the third party or third party company being authorized to submit application forms.
  • The following statement: "[Applicant] acknowledges and agrees that it is subject to all RHC Program orders, rules, and requirements promulgated by the FCC, including those set forth in 47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subparts G and H, and that funding decisions will be made by USAC as a result of representations made and information submitted by [Applicant] and [Third Party] during the application and funding process."
  • A statement by the third party that the applicant accepts any and all potential liability for any errors, omissions, or misrepresentations on the forms or documents submitted by the third party.
  • The specific timeframe the TPA covers (start date and end date).
  • A signature of an official who is authorized to act on behalf of the consortium (could be an officer, director, or other authorized employee of the HCP or consortium).
  • The date the TPA was signed.
  • Identification of which RHC Program the authorization covers (i.e. HCF Program, Telecommunications Program, or both the HCF and Telecommunications programs).
  • A statement that the TPA is for filing forms and documentation on behalf of the consortium for the life of the authorization (only for consortium applicants)


The duration of the authorization is at the discretion of the HCP and the third party, but it is suggested that the timeframe of the TPA, at a minimum, cover a twelve month period, or a timeframe long enough to accommodate the invoicing deadline (six months from the end date of the funding commitment).

Things to Know

  • TPAs must be submitted with the FCC Form 460.
  • Third parties are any individuals not employed by the consortium leader, and may include consultants, contractors, or attorneys.
  • TPAs are not required between consortium members and third parties, as long as the LOA between the consortium members and consortium leaders contains specific language that specifies that the consortium leader and its agents are authorized to act on behalf of the consortium members to submit their forms for the HCF Program.