Rural Health Care


Applicants may use a consultant or other third party to file FCC forms and supporting documentation on their behalf through My Portal, the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program's application management system. Consultants are not permitted to be primary or secondary account holders in My Portal and may only be tertiary account holders created by the primary account holder.

Third Party Authorization

Applicants that use a third party to file FCC forms and supporting documentation must provide USAC with written authorization giving the third party authority to complete and submit forms on behalf of the consortium and assigning the consortium leader with responsibility for all liability for any errors, omissions, or misrepresentations that may be contained on the forms and documents. For more information about requirements, see the Third Party Authorization page.

Declaration of Assistance

Consultants who aid in the preparation of the FCC Form 460 or FCC Form 461, the Request for Services Form, including any of the associated documents submitted to USAC, must be identified in the "Declaration of Assistance" on Block 4 of the FCC Form 461. This declaration must list every consultant, service provider, and any other outside expert, whether paid or unpaid, who helped prepare any of the FCC forms or supporting documentation.


Third parties or consultants who have an ownership interest, sales commission arrangement, or other financial stake with respect to a bidding service provider are prohibited from performing any of the functions below on behalf of the applicant:

  • Preparing, signing, or submitting the FCC Form 461 or supporting documentation;
  • Serving as consortium leaders or another point of contact on behalf of a health care provider;
  • Preparing or assisting in the development of the competitive bidding evaluation criteria; or
  • Participating in the bid evaluation or service provider selection process (except in their role as potential providers).