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Step 3: Evaluate Bids & Select Service Provider

After USAC posts the FCC Form 465 (Description of Services Requested & Certification Form) on the USAC website for a minimum of 28 days, you will evaluate all bids received and choose the most cost-effective solution.

Using the bid evaluation criteria developed in Step two, you must consider all bids received during the competitive bidding period and must document how you evaluated each bid. Afterwards, you select the most cost-effective option available.

The FCC defines “most cost effective” as the method that “costs the least after consideration of the features, quality of transmission, reliability, and other factors that the health care provider deems relevant to choosing a method of providing the required health care services.”

Once you select a service provider, you may enter into a service agreement or sign a contract. The information in the contract will be used to complete your funding request (Step 4).

Evergreen Contracts

If your contract covers more than one funding year and meets other specified criteria, you can request evergreen status. Service contracts with evergreen status do not need to re-bid for the life of the contract.

For more information about evergreen status, visit the Evergreen Contracts page.

The material on these webpages is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting the RHC Program rules, orders, and other primary sources of information. Applicants and service providers are ultimately responsible for knowing and complying with all RHC Program rules and procedures.