ECF Wave 9 Funding Recipients Announced

February 9, 2022

Attached: ECF Wave 9

~ Reminder to Obtain Signed Unmet Needs Certifications ~

~ Reminder to Include Proof of Shipping with BEARs ~

The 9th wave of ECF funding commitments has been released, including the attached list of 9 PA applicants.  The funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) have been e-mailed to the ECF Form 471 contact and all other Users in the organization’s EPC portal.  Total funding awarded to PA applicants in this wave is $769,845 ($523,514 for equipment and $246,331 for services).  In all, PA schools and libraries have been committed $75,909,747 in FY 2021 ECF Funding.

Two Important Reminders:

  1. Unmet Needs Certifications:  Schools and libraries must obtain signed Unmet Needs Certifications when distributing devices/services to students, teachers or library patrons, under most circumstances.  Please refer to this message for complete details:  We understand that USAC’s invoicing team is requiring some applicants to provide proof of their unmet needs when the ECF Form 472 BEAR Reimbursement Forms are submitted.  Even if your service provider is submitting the reimbursement form, you must have these signed Unmet Needs Certifications before the vendor invoices USAC and be prepared to provide them to USAC upon request.
  2. BEAR Reimbursements:  The ECF Form 472 BEAR reimbursement form may be submitted if you have received an ECF FCDL, the equipment or services have been received, and you’ve obtained the Unmet Needs Certifications (if required).   Please see the ECF BEAR Filing Guide at: for assistance in filing the ECF BEAR Form.  Note:  Be sure to include a packing slip or proof of shipping with your BEAR so USAC can process your reimbursement request.  BEARs without this documentation will not be processed.  If you already filed your BEAR and didn’t include this documentation, you can send it to your reviewer now by adding it to your pending ECF BEAR in EPC by using the Communications Tab.

PDE Accounting Code for ECF:  On 9/28, PDE released an updated chart of accounts to include the tracking of ECF funding.  The accounting code for ECF is 8747 (ARP ECF – Emergency Connectivity Fund).  Please share this with your business office so they are aware.

FCDLs:  ECF FCDLs look almost exactly like E-rate FCDLs (see sample), except there are two additional pages that provide additional information about the reporting requirements for reporting executive compensation (through and subaward activity (through under the Transparency Act or FFATA/DATA Act) for award and subaward payments that equal or exceed $30,000.  Be sure to provide a copy of your FCDL to your federal coordinator and/or business office so they can properly report this federal funding.

Appeals:  If you disagree with a funding decision, you have only 30 days from today to appeal (unlike E-rate which is 60 days).  Appeals must be filed in the ECF Portal by clicking on the Form 471 (My Forms and Requests), then Related Actions, then Create an Appeal.

Post-Commitment Changes:  If you need to make changes to your application (post-commitment), you may do so in the ECF Portal by clicking on the Form 471 (My Forms and Requests), then Related Actions, then Create a Post-Commitment Request.  Here are the changes you can make:

  • Change SPIN
  • Change invoicing method (BEAR to SPI or SPI to BEAR)
  • Change service and/or equipment
  • Change service start or end date
  • Cancel a committed funding request
  • Reduce a funding amount on a committed request
  • Update DUNS number, FCC Registration Number, or Tax ID EIN
  • Update Unmet Needs

(Note:  If you haven’t yet been funded, but need to make changes to your application, select Related Actions, then Contact Reviewer to make pre-commitment modifications to your request.)

Congratulations to everyone who was funded in Wave 9!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell

Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
717-730-7133 – o

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