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December 2019

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HR/Payroll Customer Communities

  • NFC Customer Board
    The Customer Board provides strategic direction, customer insight, and assists in setting the future direction for the Payroll/Personnel Systems and Services (PPSS).
  • Debt Management Work Group
    The Debt Management Work Group has been established to keep NFC’s customers abreast of important information and changes within the Debt Management Services Branch.
  • CAPPS
    The Committee for the Agriculture Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) is a committee established by NFC to represent managers and users of the USDA/NFC Payroll/Personnel System.
  • NFC Project Review Team
    NFC's Project Review Teams (PRT) are a cross Agency group with goals to develop categorization criteria for submitting Software Change Requests to NFC.
  • Agency Security Officers
    Security is of the highest concern for NFC and our customers. We realize that we must remain vigilant regarding this priority in all initiatives that we undertake.

HR/Payroll Timelines

FESI Test Windows
At the beginning of each calendar year, the National Finance Center (NFC) will publish a schedule of FESI Test Windows for the upcoming year.

Recent HR/Payroll Notifications

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HR/Payroll Annual Communications

The National Finance Center issues numerous communications throughout the course of the calendar year. Listed below is an account of what customers can expect to see issued via public and private communications during the month of December:

  • Christmas Day Holiday
  • Delivery of the (Year) Internal Revenue Service Form W2, Wage and Tax Statement
  • Federal Income Tax Withholding
  • Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)
  • New Year’s Day Holiday
  • NFC’s Year End Processing for Special Payroll Processing System (SPPS)
  • Pay Periods 25 and 26 Special Processing Instructions
  • Qualified Transit Fringe Benefits
  • Reporting Work Group (RWG) Meeting Notes
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Changes
  • Time and Attendance (Biweekly each pay period)
  • Wage and Tax Statement Available for Use with Turbo Tax or At Home

Customers may also view the schedule for communications expected throughout the next calendar year.

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Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) Process

In accordance with the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) Requirements Mandated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), all file transmissions currently conducted via File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and any new file transmissions, must utilize the SFTP method.

View SFTP Page

Data Center Migration

In support of the President’s Management Agenda, NFC will relocate its computer systems to a virtual data center hosted at the National Information Technology Center (NITC) Federal Data Center in Kansas City, Missouri. As a result, customer connectivity to NFC systems and applications will need to be updated. NFC will work with customers to ensure connectivity to the new site can be configured and tested prior to the scheduled cutover of February 15, 2020. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and visit this site for information updates.

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Last Updated / Reviewed: December 09, 2019