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Universal Service Fund Administrator

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000503593

Bid Title: Universal Service Fund Administrator

Agency Bid No. Title: PSF-0164

Received Date: 03/09/2016

Close Date: 04/13/2016

Purchase Type: 2 year term

Delivery Point:

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 03/09/2016 05:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:Recipients will be granted assistance on a first-come, first-serve basis with waiting lists established for the next fiscal year. The fund Administrator will notify the Commission when 20 percent of the allocated budget for this program remains. Other categories of disabilities and voucher maximums may be established in the future.Reporting and Other Requirements:(i) The Administrator shall monitor and track unused vouchers and provide the Commission with a monthly voucher aging report listing at minimum the recipients name, date voucher was issued and amount of voucher. This report shall be filed with the monthly financial data.(ii) The Administrator shall provide the Commission with a list of all used vouchers. The report shall be submitted in an electronic format, using Microsoft Excel, or other software programs with the agreement of the Commission. The report shall be searchable and sortable, and shall include the recipient name, address, vendor name, equipment purchased, amount of voucher used, disability category, and date of transaction. Summary reports of completed vouchers by disability category and activity reports shall be available through the electronic reporting system. The reporting shall also allow for snapshots of past periods via entry of reporting beginning and end dates. This requires that voucher status be tracked in time through the various states (e.g. issued, completed, voided, and outstanding). In addition, links for producing access to applications and vouchers are required.The Administration shall maintain a database of vendors with current contact information (address, phone, and email), the active or inactive status of the vendor, and categorical information on equipment and services offered.(iii) The Administrator shall provide a monthly report of year-to-date percentages of funds expended in each disability category. These reports shall be filed with the monthly financial data.(iv) The Administrator shall install and have available to callers a TTY and phone number where applicants and vendors can directly reach the Administrator if there are program questions. The Administrator shall also have an e-mail address for TEPP inquiries.(v) The Administrator shall operate an electronic application for TEPP or shall contract with a third party to operate or manage such an application. The TEPP application is an on-line, interactive form that imports data into TEPP databases and can provide information to customers and vendors on the status of applications. The Administrator will use existing source code developed for this application and owned by the PSC to operate the electronic application.1.4.2 Two-Line Voice Carryover (2-LVCO) or Speech Carryover (2-LSCO) Program (Wis. Admin. Code PSC 160.071(6m))Description of Program and Administrator Responsibilities:Two-Line Voice Carryover (2-LVCO) or Speech Carryover (2-LSCO) Program is a service requiring a second telephone line for telephone communications for customers with certain disabilities. Customers of providers for local service in Wisconsin with severe hearing loss, deafness or speech impairments are eligible for this program. Some customers with hearing or speech impairments use a second line to communicate over the phone. Customers using 2-LVCO are able to communicate with their voice, though they cannot hear, and customers using 2-LSCO are able to hear but cannot speak. These customers use a voice-to-text or text-to-voice translation service to type the communication or to read and speak for them. Customers are able to get the second line without a service connection charge, intrastate non-recurring charge, or monthly rate.Service providers are reimbursed for the amounts of rates and charges waived to these 2-LVCO/2-LSCO customers. Providers submit requests to the Administrator. The Administrator reviews the filing for accuracy and then will send a check to the provider for the appropriate amount. Currently, less than ten providers request reimbursement for this program. As more customers request this service, the number of providers requesting this service may increase up to 20. Providers may request reimbursement on a monthly or quarterly basis.Budget for FY 2016:The budget for this program for FY 2016 is $25,000.Reporting Requirements:The Administrator shall provide a monthly report of reimbursement amounts, number of providers requesting reimbursement and number of customers receiving this service. The report shall include year-to-date expenditures for this program.1.4.3 Lifeline Assistance (Wis. Admin. Code PSC 160.062

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Product Codes: 94649, 94629

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: State of Wisconsin-Public Service Commission

State: Wisconsin

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison, Wisconsin, 53705



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