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Friday, October 14, 2011

Time to lose the "entity"

Can you hear my teeth grinding?  Once again, USAC's New Brief is trying to explain "entities."  As I've said in the past, the word "entity" should be scrubbed out of every corner of this program.  Because "entity" and "billed entity" mean two different things, and the distinction is not consistently observed.

Want to find the entity number for a particular school in your district?  Use the Billed Entity Number Search tool, even though you're not looking for a billed entity.

As in the past, the News Brief says you can put an "entity number" in Block 1, when in fact, you should only put a Billed Entity Number in Block 1.  The confusion goes on.

We should be talking about "organizations" and "locations," not "billed entities" and "entities."

Or maybe my aversion to the word "entity" is left over from this movie.

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