Application Lifecycle


Start Procurement Activities

You can file your 470 early. Don't need to wait

Investigate State Blanket and MHEC contracts

January / February

Application Window Opens / File 470

File Your 470 if you need a new contract or new services

A short descriptive blurb about this step.

February / March

Evaluate Bids and Select Service Provider

Do this if you filed a a 470. Not needed if you are continuing a multi-year contract.

Circa March

File 471

Do this every year!

April - June (or longer)

Respond to Inquiries from PIA

PIA, or Program Integrity Assurance, often make followup inquries about your application. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in EPC and respond within the timeframe. Or, ask for an extension. USAC is very generous giving extensions if you need them

July 1

Begin Services and File 486

This is where you certify stuff.

You also tell USAC whether you are doing SPI or BEAR. (Tell your service provider earlier.)

July 1

Invoicing : BEAR and SPI

Stuff about getting your discount


The state E-rate coordinator for Massachusetts libraries is:

Paul Kissman, Library Information Systems Specialist
617-725-1860 x238
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x238