• Arranging documents and other communications in an easy-to-follow, useful manner
  • Identifying and properly labeling data, information sources and assumptions
  • Organizing work in a methodical and tidy fashion, free from irregularity

I think we all have a different perspective on what the term ‘neatness’ represents, but one thing that most of us can agree on is the value behind being organized and having a clear path to finding what you need.

This reminds me of making sure all my tools are where they are supposed to be; I love to cook, so every pot, appliance and gadget has its own ‘home’ in my kitchen.  I’m that organized cook who likes to clean up, after having guests over, or just making a weeknight meal, so that everything goes back where it belongs, otherwise I spent countless hours trying to locate something that has been relocated, or in a new place that my husband ‘thinks’ is a better place for it to be kept. While others may label this as obsessive, rather than organized, in the long run, it just makes my life easier!

I apply this same value at FFL, and the importance of maintaining good records, but even more, clearly labeling and organizing E-rate files and all supporting documents so that others can follow your processes, to support compliance, in the years to come.

The FCC rules require that applicants retain all documentation for ten years, and if you were asked to provide enrollment documentation or invoices from 8+ years ago could you find it?  Neatness definitely counts!


Key Words and Phrases
Precise; Tidy; Methodical; Fastidious; Free from irregularity; Systematic; Arranged orderly; Admirable.

Opposite Terms
Disorganized; Sloppy; Messy; Disheveled.

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