Now that the last wave of 1998 funding commitment letters has been issued, the SLD has begun to focus significant resources on the appeals process. If you disagree with a funding decision and want to appeal it, you should note the following:

1. All appeals must be made in writing within 30 days of the date your funding commitment letter was issued. The address for appeals is: Letter of Appeal, Schools and Libraries Division, Box 125-Correspondence Unit, 100 S. Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ 07981. Appeals cannot be submitted via fax or eMail.

2. Directions for how to file an appeal are available via the SLD’s toll-free fax on demand service at (800) 959-0733 (request Document #511) or via its web site:

3. According to current rules, no funds may be expended for a particular line-item request (designated by a Funding RequestNumber, or FRN) while it is under appeal. For example, if the SLD provides a funding commitment to you for an FRN at an 80 percent discount, but you think you’re entitled to a 90 percent discount and file an appeal on that basis, the SLD will not be able to pay any invoices on that FRN while your appeal is pending—even for the undisputed 80 percent amount. The SLD has filed an ex parte motion with the FCC to change this rule, but as of March 12, no decision had been made by the FCC.

4. When you submit an appeal, you should receive a letter of acknowledgement from the SLD. The agency’s goal is to reach a decision on each appeal within 45 days of receiving it.

5. If you have questions about how to file an appeal, call the SLD’s help line at (888) 203-8100.