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TSP - eAuthentication Guidelines

Technical Service Providers (TSP)
eAuthentication Guidelines

The purpose of the table is to provide TSP applicant with instructions for obtaining eAuthentication. In order to access the TechReg or AgLearn system you will need a USDA eGovernment user account and password. You can now register for your eGovernment account online www.eAuth.eGov.USDA.gov and complete the process through a USDA Service Center http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.

Note: If you have a problem using the online E-Authorization, contact technical support by email at eauthhelpdesk@usda.gov.
For technical Assistance with the USDA eAuthentication system, or your USDA eAuthentication account, contact the USDA eAuthentication Help Desk at eAuthHelpDesk@usda.gov. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your first and last name;
  • Your eAuthentication User ID;
  • Indicate whether you are a public customer or federal, state, or district employee;
  • If you are a federal employee, provide the name of your employing agency;
  • The URL (Web Address) of the Web site or application you were attempting to access; and
  • The text of any error messages and a detailed description of the problem

A Note about Passwords

The password that you establish for your eAuthentication account must be changed the first time that you log on to a USDA/NRCS website. Your Level 2 password has different requirements than the first. You will subsequently be asked to change your password every few months. Password requirements are subject to change without notice.

YOU MUST LOG INTO TECHREG AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED OUT OF THE SYSTEM. BE SURE TO SET UP YOUR SECURITY QUESTIONS ONLINE OR YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT THE HELP DESK TO RESET YOUR PASSWORD.

Level 2 Password Requirements:

  • Passwords must be between 9 and 12 characters long.
    Passwords must contain a minimum of the following:
    • 1 uppercase letter
    • 1 lowercase letter
    • 1 non-alpha character.

    Examples include:

    • numbers: 1-9;
    • Characters: ! # -$% * =+,?~
      Passwords cannot contain the user’s first name, last name, or user Id, dictionary words, spaces, tabs or special characters not listed above

Contacts:

Illinois NRCS eAuthentication Coordinator
David Walling
Phone: 217-353-6608
email: David.Walling@il.usda.gov

Illinois TSP Coordinator
Glen Franke
Phone: 217-353-6642
email: glen.franke@il.usda.gov



PERSON
RESPONSIBLE
STEPS DIRECTIONS WHAT YOU WILL NEED
TO COMPLETE THIS STEP
RESOURCES
NEEDED
HELP AVAILABLE
TO YOU
1. Obtain a Level 2 eAuthentication account/user identification
• TSP applicant A. Register online for
Level 2
eAuthentication
Account
• Click on the “Become A TSP” link found on the TSP Home Page or click on “Create a Level 2 Account” on the eAuthentication Website or click on USDA Partner/Customer on AgLearn Website • Via the “Become A TSP” link on TechReg Website 
• Via the USDA eAuthentication Website
• Via the AgLearn website
 
• Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State eAuthentication Coordinator
• TSP applicant B. Complete online eAuthentication form • Applicant enters required information (telephone, address, email, date of birth)
• Applicant creates User ID and temporary password
• Applicant creates security information
• Applicant submits online profile
• Level 2 eAuthentication Form • Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State eAuthentication Coordinator
• TSP applicant C. Applicant receives confirmation e-mail with notification that the account was activated • Respond to confirmation e-mail sent by system within 7 days or the process must be started over again • eAuthentication email • Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State eAuthentication Coordinator
 
• TSP applicant
• Field Office
  Local
  Registration
  Authority
  (LRA)
D. USDA Local Registration Authority (LRA) Validates TSP Applicant identity and authorizes Level 2 credentials • Take official Photo ID (state ID, drivers license, military ID or passport) to Service Center for in-person Identity proofing and validation by a USDA Local Registration Authority (LRA)
• LRA validates the account by confirming identify of applicant using the applicant’s Photo ID
• LRA activates the account by entering ID type and expiration date.

Account will be ready to use within 2 hrs.
• Applicant Photo ID
• NRCS LRA will use the online login site to validate the individuals identification and activate the account:
• Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State eAuthentication Coordinator
• USDA eAuthentication Help Desk eAuthHelpDesk@usda.gov
Field Office Local Registration Authority (LRA)
• TSP applicant
• Field Office    
  Local
  Registration
  Authority
  (LRA)
E. TSP Applicant may use the eAuth userID and password to log into TechReg to begin building a profile and request certification. • TSP Applicant may proceed to TechReg for completing an online application • TSP TechReg Website or other eAuthentication application
USDA Web Services Log-In
• Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State eAuthentication Coordinator
• USDA eAuthentication Help Desk eAuthHelpDesk@usda.gov
• State Training Officer (AgLearn)
• TSP applicant F. TSP Applicant may use the eAuth userID and password log into AgLearn to request an account. • TSP Applicant may register at AgLearn and complete required NRCS courses for Certification
• Conservation Planning Part 1
• TSP Orientation (required for new TSP Applicants only)
• Other courses as required by the TSP category option criteria
 
AgLearn website • Internet Access
• email address
• TSP Coordinator
• State Training Officer (AgLearn)