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Update on Secure FTP Conversion Projects Due to NFC Data Center Relocation

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.

The following dates have been assigned to the data center relocation efforts:

If you have not already contacted NFC regarding action required for the data center relocation, you should do so as soon as possible, as directed in previous notifications found at the Data Center Migration Customer Notifications page.

Agencies may continue to submit Software Change Requests (SCRs) for new SFTP projects. These new projects will follow the normal Software Development Life Cycle; however, projects which cannot be implemented prior to the data center relocation will be scheduled for implementation as soon as possible after calendar year (CY) 2020, Pay Period (PP) 03, the projected implementation period for the data center relocation.

After completion of the data center migration, in order to move SFTP projects as quickly as possible, NFC will prioritize the projects that meet the following criteria:

To further expedite implementations and future changes, NFC recommends that Agencies:

Please note that in most circumstances, an Interagency Agreement may not be required; however, NFC will work with Agencies to minimize costs if new or modified files are required.

Authorized Agency representatives with questions concerning this notification should contact the NFC Contact Center at either 1-855-632-4468; or via the ServiceNow Customer Service Portal (CSP).

Last Updated / Reviewed: January 28, 2020