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Employee Personal Page (EPP) System Maintenance
December 11, 2019 - 12:15 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) will perform system maintenance to the Employee Personal Page (EPP) on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. central standard time.
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Time and Attendance
December 3, 2019 - 8:31 a.m.
This notice serves as a reminder to all Agencies of the requirement for the submission of Time and Attendance (T&A) data. Timely receipt of T&A(s) by the National Finance Center (NFC) is critical to ensuring a successful payroll processing cycle.
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Administrative Billings and Collections System
December 2, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
This notification is to remind Agency personnel that bills established in calendar year 2019 related to gross income adjustments should be paid in full by December 31, 2019. If the debt is not paid in full by that date, the outstanding amount of the debt will be added to the gross income amount on the employee’s W-2 at yearend.
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NFC BSM ServiceNow Upgrade Status
November 26, 2019 - 3:14 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) Business Service Management (BSM) team is notifying our customer Agencies that the NFC BSM ServiceNow application upgrade scheduled for 11/23/2019 was delayed due to limited customer participation in validation & verification (V&V).
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EPP System Maintenance
November 20, 2019 - 2:39 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) will perform system maintenance to the Employee Personal Page (EPP) on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. central standard time. There is no action required on the part of the customers.
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Announcing Upcoming Quarterly Training Sessions
November 19, 2019 - 3:41 p.m.
The National Finance Center’s (NFC) Training and Communications Branch (TCB) is now accepting enrollment for the instructor-led quarterly training sessions. Courses will take place on the following tentative dates, at the USDA Client Services Office (CSO) located in Washington D.C.
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Time and Attendance
November 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
This notice serves as a reminder to all Agencies of the requirement for the submission of Time and Attendance (T&A) data. Timely receipt of T&A(s) by the National Finance Center (NFC) is critical to ensuring a successful payroll processing cycle.
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Administrative Billings and Collections System
November 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
This notification is to remind Agency personnel that bills established in calendar year 2019 related to gross income adjustments should be paid in full by December 31, 2019. If the debt is not paid in full by that date, the outstanding amount of the debt will be added to the gross income amount on the employee’s W-2 at yearend.
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Changes to Agency Contributions for FERS, FERS-RAE, and FERS-FRAE Beginning in Fiscal Year 2020
November 14, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
In June 2019, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) 19-305 regarding changes to Agency contributions for FERS, FERS-RAE, and FERS-FRAE. To comply with the new contribution rates as dictated by OPM as the first pay period beginning on or after October 1, 2019, the National Finance Center (NFC) updated all of the affected tables as of PP 21.
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Correction: NFC’s Thanksgiving Day Holiday Schedule
November 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.
In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the National Finance Center (NFC) will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019, including the NFC Contact Center. All NFC applications will remain available during the holiday; and payroll/personnel processing will continue as normally scheduled.
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Correction: Front–End System Interface (FESI) Federal Income Tax Withholding for 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate (130) Document Change (Project #39546)
November 12, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
Effective for Pay Period (PP) 26, 2019, the National Finance Center (NFC) will implement system changes to accommodate the mandated Internal Revenue Service Federal Income Tax Withholding 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate. Due to this mandate, NFC will delete Forms W-4 with effective dates after PP26, 2019 from the suspense file; and employees will be required to submit the new W-4 form. Employees who have no changes will default to the current form W-4 on file.
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NFC’s Thanksgiving Day Holiday Schedule
November 12, 2019 - 8:57 a.m.
In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the National Finance Center (NFC) will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019, including the NFC Contact Center. All NFC applications will remain available during the holiday; and payroll/personnel processing will continue as normally scheduled.
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Update on Secure FTP Conversion Projects Due to NFC Data Center Relocation
November 8, 2019 - 1:29 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) has issued several Customer Notifications related to the relocation of its data center and the mandated conversion of File Transfer Protocol (FTP) transmissions to Secure FTP (SFTP). This notification is to inform Agencies of the impact of the data center relocation on the SFTP conversion.
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Front–End System Interface (FESI) Federal Income Tax Withholding for 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate (130) Document Change (Project #39546)
November 8, 2019 - 10:18 a.m.
Effective for Pay Period (PP) 26, 2019, the National Finance Center (NFC) will implement system changes to accommodate the mandated Internal Revenue Service Federal Income Tax Withholding 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate.
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Additional PINE Pass for Pay Period 24
November 5, 2019 - 11:30 a.m.
To allow Agencies additional processing the weekend of Pay Period 24, the National Finance Center (NFC) will run an additional PINE Pass on Sunday, November 24, 2019, for all databases.
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Time and Attendance
November 5, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.

This notice serves as a reminder to all Agencies of the requirement for the submission of Time and Attendance (T&A) data. Timely receipt of T&A(s) by the National Finance Center (NFC) is critical to ensuring a successful payroll processing cycle. All T&A(s) should be validated, certified and transmitted by close of business on the Tuesday following the end of the biweekly pay period.

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EPP System Maintenance
November 1, 2019 - 12:13 p.m.

The National Finance Center (NFC) will perform system maintenance to the Employee Personal Page (EPP) on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. There is no action required on the part of the customers.

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Administrative Billings and Collections System
October 31, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
This notification is to remind Agency personnel that bills established in calendar year 2019 related to gross income adjustments should be paid in full by December 31, 2019. If the debt is not paid in full by that date, the outstanding amount of the debt will be added to the gross income amount on the employee’s W-2 at yearend.
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NFC’s Veterans Day Holiday Schedule
October 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.
In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday, the National Finance Center (NFC) will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019, including the NFC Contact Center. All NFC applications will remain available during the holiday and payroll/personnel processing will continue as normally scheduled.
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2020 Personal Benefits Statements–Requirements Due by December 18, 2019
October 25, 2019 - 1:54 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) is preparing for the creation of the 2020 Annual Personal Benefits Statements, herein referred to as Benefits Statements. Employees will have access to their Benefits Statements via the Employee Personal Page (EPP).
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Time and Attendance
October 22, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.
This notice serves as a reminder to all Agencies of the requirement for the submission of Time and Attendance (T&A) data. Timely receipt of T&A(s) by the National Finance Center (NFC) is critical to ensuring a successful payroll processing cycle. All T&A(s) should be validated, certified and transmitted by close of business on the Tuesday following the end of the bi-weekly pay period.
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Retroactive Pay Increase Pay Period 19 – Posted to Employee Personal Page (EPP)
October 10, 2019 - 4:30 p.m.
The National Finance Center (NFC) is notifying our Customer Agencies that a document has been added to the Employee Personal Page (EPP) under News and Announcements, providing employees with information on the 2019 Retro Pay Increase.
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Time and Attendance
October 9, 2019 - 3:08 p.m.
This notice serves as a reminder to all Agencies of the requirement for the submission of Time and Attendance (T&A) data. Timely receipt of T&A(s) by the National Finance Center (NFC) is critical to ensuring a successful payroll processing cycle. All T&A(s) should be validated, certified and transmitted by close of business on the Tuesday following the end of the bi-weekly pay period.
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Update: Processing of the September 2019, Monthly SF-224 Report
October 4, 2019 - 3:57 p.m.
This is an update to the notification dated October 4, 2019, processing of the monthly SF-224 bulk file; the National Finance Center (NFC) is informing its customer Agencies that the transmission of the SF-224 bulk file has completed.
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NFC's Columbus Day Holiday Schedule
October 3, 2019 - 3:27 p.m.
In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, the National Finance Center (NFC) will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019, including the NFC Contact Center. All NFC applications will remain available during the holiday and payroll/personnel processing will continue as normally scheduled.
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Announcing Upcoming EPIC Training
September 26, 2019 - 8:30 a.m.
The National Finance Center’s (NFC) Training and Communications Branch (TCB) is now accepting enrollment for the instructor-led Document Entry, Processing, Inquiry and Correction System (EPIC) training course.
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Personal Benefits Statements Unavailable on EPP
September 20, 2019 - 1:19 p.m.
This notification is to inform our customers that the 2019 Personal Benefits Statements will be temporarily unavailable on the Employee Personal Page beginning Monday, September 23, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 6:00 a.m. central standard time.
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Net Salary Payment Dates for Calendar Year 2020
September 16, 2019 - 11:30 a.m.
The schedule below is provided to inform customers of the number of paychecks that will be received in Calendar Year (CY) 2020. The schedule also indicates the dates that the Direct Deposit net salary payment will post to personal bank accounts, and dates when paper paychecks will be mailed each pay period.
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Last Updated / Reviewed: May 06, 2019