The Office of Federal and State Regulatory Compliance (OFSRC) is a unit of the New York City Department of Education’s (NYC DOE) Office of the General Counsel. OFSRC provides oversight to ensure all activities that impact the NYC DOE’s participation in the federal Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program (also known as the E-rate Program) are in compliance with federal regulations. OFSRC is responsible for coordinating all materials for submission to the Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC), including the annual applications for funding, completion of required forms, and responses to inquiries. OFSRC also oversees the development and implementation of training programs for all employees, consultants, and contractors who perform job duties in support of the NYC DOE's participation in the E-rate Program (E-rate Program Personnel).
The E-rate Compliance Officer within OFSRC manages the NYC DOE's compliance with E-rate Program Rules by supervising all components of the NYC DOE's participation in the E-rate Program and ensuring compliance by all E-rate Program Personnel including those in the Office of Capital Grants and Finance, Division of Instructional and Information Technology, and the Division of Contracts and Purchasing.
What is the E-Rate Program?
Administered by USAC and subject to the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the E-rate Program provides funding to assist schools and libraries in the United States, and US territories, to obtain affordable telecommunications services, Internet access, network equipment to support the provision of high-speed Internet services, and the maintenance of such equipment. USAC Whistleblower Hotline
The USAC Whistleblower Hotline accepts reports of any misuse of E-rate Program funds or violations of E-rate Program Rules at 1-888-203-8100. The Whistleblower Hotline allows you to report – anonymously, if desired—instances where E-rate funds are being misapplied or where potential program rule violations may exist.
OFSRC Compliance Hotline
All E-rate Program Personnel must report known, alleged or suspected non-compliance within five (5) business days. A dedicated E-rate Hotline (1-718-625-2682) has been established for E-rate Program Personnel to anonymously notify the E-rate Compliance Officer within five (5) business days, whenever E-rate Program Personnel know, suspect, or are aware of allegations that any bid, proposal, or submission for E-rate funding or other E-rate Program related conduct is not in compliance with E-rate Program Rules, the E-rate Compliance Policy or the Final Compliance Plan, or violates procurement, competitive bidding or other state or local rules, regulations, procedures, or laws. The OFSRC Compliance Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and includes prompts in English and Spanish.NYC DOE E-Rate Vendor Gifts, Donations, and Grants Pursuant to the NYC DOE's participation in the E-rate Program, all NYC DOE offices and employees must comply with the E-rate Vendor Gifts, Donations, and Grants Procedures. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the acceptance of gifts, donations, and grants from any of the below designated vendors. The E-rate Compliance Officer, or designee, must review and provide approval for all gifts, donations, and grants from these vendors prior to acceptance.
NYC DOE E-Rate Vendor List- As of March 2018E-rate Vendors: