When requesting funding on the ECF FCC Form 471, applicants must indicate whether the applicant or the service provider will submit the requests for reimbursement in the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. If the applicant will be submitting the requests for reimbursement (BEAR invoicing), they will be required to complete the step below and the service providers who will not be submitting requests for reimbursement (SPI invoicing) are not required to perform this step.
- Register in the System for Awards Management system (SAM.gov). Applicants and service providers who will be submitting requests for reimbursement (FCC Forms 472/474) must have an active registration with SAM.gov, which provides the bank account number to which the reimbursements will be disbursed. USAC recommends that you search SAM.gov to see if your entity is already registered and to ensure the registration is current, as it expires annually.
- Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). On April 6, 2022, the FCC released Public Notice DA 22-371 which announces the transition from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) effective April 4, 2022. Once you register in SAM.gov, you are automatically assigned a UEI. You can find it by signing into SAM.gov and selecting the Entity Management widget in your Workspace or by signing in and searching entity information. For questions about the DUNS to UEI transition, please visit the Contact USAC page to contact CSC.
- Please be aware that both the TIN/EIN that was used for SAM.gov registration and the FCC Registration Number TIN/EIN of the entity who will be invoicing must match to ensure that banking information is accurate and can be validated. To verify that the FCC Registration Number provided results in an EIN match, or if you would like further assistance in updating the FCC Registration Number, please contact (877)480-3201, (Monday –Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET), or email: CORES@fcc.gov.
Service providers who have agreed to request reimbursement on behalf of an applicant must take certain steps to gain access to the system. For more information about these steps, please review the Service Provider’s Complete Registrations page.