To avoid potential conflicts of interest and to ensure that the competitive bidding process is open and fair, applicants should be aware of three basic principles:
Certain entities may be large enough to ensure both an organizational and functional separation between staff acting as the service provider and staff providing application assistance. State organizations, public sector entities, or nonprofit entities requesting an exemption from the prohibition against providing application assistance and acting as a service provider must confirm to USAC that it has set up an organizational and functional separation by providing documentation such as an organizational flow chart, budgetary codes, and supervisory administration. The exemption must be obtained from USAC prior to preparing the FCC Form 461 and supporting documentation.
The applicant is required to identify consultants, service providers, or other outside experts, whether paid or unpaid, who aided in the preparation of the FCC Form 461 in Block 4 of the FCC Form 461, "Declaration of Assistance."