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SFTP Notifications

Transfer of FOCUS-Generated Files
June 12, 2020
Several of our Agencies have requested automation of the transfer of FOCUS-generated files from our mainframe as part of their efforts to meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other departmental mandates to convert from standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to secure FTP (SFTP). During the process of implementing some of these projects, we realized that, while not complex, a tremendous amount of time and effort was required to recreate the FOCUS-generated files to match Agency security settings and coordinate testing. This had the impact of delaying the actual SFTP conversion and taking National Finance Center (NFC) staff away from other critical projects. Additionally, because there are literally thousands of FOCUS jobs in Agency libraries, automating them would quite possibly take years to accomplish.
SFTP Work Group Meeting
February 18, 2020
The National Finance Center (NFC) will hold a teleconference to inform Agencies and their technical staffs of our latest activities associated with NFC’s Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) requirements mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture.
UPDATE - REVISED FORM for Secure File Transfer Protocol Requirements Mandated by USDA
November 27, 2019
This notification is being sent to customers to provide a new, user-friendly version of Form AD-3113, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) File Transmission Request.
Update on Secure FTP Conversion Projects Due to NFC Data Center Relocation
November 8, 2019
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.
REVISED FORM for Secure File Transfer Protocol Requirements Mandated by USDA
July 19, 2019
This notification is being sent to customers to provide the revised Form AD-3113, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) File Transmission Request. The form was revised to remove the blocks for the Internet Protocol (IP) Address and Port Number, so Agencies will not have to encrypt the form when submitting to the National Finance Center (NFC).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Secure File Transfer Protocol Requirements Mandated by USDA
May 31, 2019
In accordance with the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) Requirements Mandated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Project Number 34040, all file transmissions currently conducted via File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and any new file transmissions, must utilize the SFTP method.

Last Updated / Reviewed: July 29, 2020