Updated July 2018
Applicants occasionally make data entry and other similar ministerial and clerical (M&C) errors on an FCC Form 470 or FCC Form 471. Applicants are generally allowed to contact USAC to correct those errors when they discover them unless the correction on the FCC Form 470 would materially affect the competitive bidding process. If the applicant wishes to make a correction to their FCC Form 470 that materially affects the competitive bidding process, they must file a corrected FCC Form 470 and restart the 28-day waiting period.
Applicants that want to correct M&C errors that WILL NOT materially affect the competitive bidding process, need NOT file a new form and start a new 28-day waiting period. These allowable changes include:
Requests to correct these types of FCC Form 470 M&C errors should be submitted to USAC using the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) as soon as the applicant detects the error. To request an FCC Form 470 correction, follow the submission instructions in the FCC Form 470 User Guide.
* Note: Changes to the FCC Form 470 beyond the allowable changes require applicants to wait 28 days from the date of the change to close the competitive bidding process.
Applicants that want to correct M&C errors that materially affect the competitive bidding process MUST file a new FCC Form 470 and start a new 28-day waiting period. Corrections that require filing a new FCC Form 470 include:
* Note: The FCC Form 470 is the formative document of the competitive bidding process so applicants should align the service request information in their RFP with the indicated service selections indicated on the FCC Form 470.
The type of errors that applicants may correct on their FCC Form 471 include:
Additional allowable corrections are dicussed in the FCC's Order DA 10-2354 , released December 16, 2010.
Applicants can submit FCC Form 471 corrections in EPC using the Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL) modification process or during Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review. You will be informed in your Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) if your FCC Form 471 correction was allowable and if it was processed.
FCC Form 471 errors that do NOT qualify as M&C errors:
Your PIA reviewer may detect a discrepancy between your FCC Form 471 and the provided source documentation (e.g., contract) during the review of your application. If so, your PIA reviewer will ask if you would like to correct the application and will provide you 15 days to respond.
If you do not respond within the allotted 15 days, your reviewer will process your application with the information available, potentially resulting in a reduction or denial of funding.