Cardinal Changes

Post 49 - Cardinal changes

In our last post, we talked about how to request minor changes to your certified FCC Form(s) 471. In this post we’ll talk about significant changes that would require you to start the competitive bidding process over again.

Cardinal Changes

A cardinal change is the term we use to talk about changes that significantly alter your original funding request. These are changes that if you had included them in your original FCC Form 470, other service providers who didn’t bid on your request may have done so. Because of that, you would need to start the competitive bidding process over again.

A cardinal change is the term we use to talk about changes that significantly alter your original funding request.

Here are some examples of alterations significant enough that you cannot make them to your currently certified FCC Form 471 through a RAL modification request:

  • Changes to the services on your FCC Form 471 that are not a result of a ministerial or clerical error (e.g., renegotiated contract terms or pricing)
  • Adding an entity to the discount calculation that was not listed in the original source document
  • Revising NSLP data dated after the close of the filing window
  • Changes based on service provider documentation that was not used in the applicant’s competitive bidding process or that is dated after the close of the filing window

Making a significant change to your funding request that changes the original representation of what was presented during competitive bidding would cause problems during program compliance reviews.

If you’re unsure whether you can make a change or not, contact us at either (888) 203-8100 or by creating a customer service case in EPC and we’d be happy to help you through this process.

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