We received the following information regarding the BEAR Form process from the USAC News Briefs:

There will be a small delay for applicants and service providers who are ready to invoice USAC for FY2016 services. USAC will begin processing invoicing forms and issuing payments the week of August 8, 2016.

The delay affects applicants and service providers differently:

Applicants: The FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form, used for direct reimbursements to applicants, will be available in the legacy system the week of August 8.

Even though the system currently has a link to the form, it is not ready to use. At this time users cannot complete or submit a BEAR Form, and will encounter an error message if they attempt to do so. Remember to obtain a 498 ID in advance, which is required before USAC can process a BEAR Form.