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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Worrying that you won't figure out how to do the cost allocation for Category 2 in time for the big March 26th deadline?  Well, maybe you can take a breath.

The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) has sent the FCC and USAC a request to extend the filing window to April 16th.  Funds for Learning ran a survey and sent the results to the FCC.  And now I see the AASA is jumping on the bandwagon, so it seems like an extension is a real possibility.  The question seems to be whether to go with a 2-week or a 3-week extension.

Me, I'd like to see the window close in May.

The people against the idea are saying, "If we delay the window close, it will delay FCDLs."  I don't think so, and here's why:
  1. By my count, there are 10,000 Forms 471 from FY2014 still sitting in the PIA hopper.
  2. On March 6th, Funds for Learning says there were 8,311 Forms 471 from FY2015 filed.  That will easily top 10,000 by March 26th.
  3. The FCC still hasn't approved PIA procedures (the secret 700-page set of rules that determine how PIA processes applications), so currently PIA can only "pre-process" FY2015 applications.
So whether there's an extension or not, on March 26th, PIA will have over 20,000 applications to chew on, and may not even know how to process half of them.  An extension is the least of their worries.

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