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USDA-NRCS Returning Student Temporary Employee Program (R-STEP)

If you have any questions regarding the forms on this web page, please contact Doug Rose, (254) 742-9947 or Yerndi Mathurin, (254) 742-9927.

The documents on this page require Acrobat Reader.

Click each link below, fill out each form and promptly mail all required documents to our Human Resources office using the appropriate envelopes provided to you.

If our Human Resources office does not have receipt of your Background Investigation on file, you will receive an email from our National Headquarters regarding the security investigation process.

Below are printable documents that you will send to our Human Resources office.  Each document must be placed in the appropriate self addressed envelope located in your packet and mailed to our Human Resources office. Read all of the instructions carefully to avoid delay in processing.

Note: It is not necessary to print and/or mail the instruction page for these forms.

Form Title and Instruction
SF 256  (PDF; 187 Kb) Self-Identification for Medical Disability
SF 1199A  (PDF; 31 Kb)
If Applicable
Direct Deposit - Take this to your financial institution and have them fill out and sign before mailing it back to Human Resources.  (Note: Return the Government Agency Copy to our H.R Office you may retain the other copies for your records)

Mail to Human Resources Office in the envelope immediately to avoid delay in processing.

AD 349  (PDF; 11 Kb)
If Applicable
Employee Address Form  - Direct deposit only (blocks 8 - 12 do not apply)

Mail to Human Resources Office in the envelope immediately to avoid delay in processing.

Form W-4  (PDF; 237 Kb)
If Applicable
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate  (blocks 1-5 must be completed)

Mail to Human Resources Office in the envelope immediately to avoid delay in processing.

During Your First Month of duty

EmpowHR Instruction Guide for New and Returning Employees (PDF; 2.34 Mb)

This link is very important to have with you during your return to duty. Please print the booklet from your office computer and have it available for instruction after you've received your first pay stub. Contact Yerndi Mathurin via email or phone at (254) 742-9927 to have your EmpowHR password reset.

To re-activate your eAuthentification account go to http://www.eauth.egov.usda.gov and click 'Update My Account'. If you do not remember your password contact the eAuthentification Help Desk at (800) 457-3642 or by email at eAuthHelpDesk@usda.gov.   Give your name, social security number and nature of call. You will receive a response from the help desk with your new temporary password.

Employee Development

Your supervisor will be preparing your Employee Development Plan (EDP). You have the responsibility for ensuring your training is completed and documented on your EDP. A current EDP will be maintained throughout your career.

Employee Personal Page (EPP)

Do not access EPP until you have received your first pay check. If you have forgotten your password for EPP contact The National Finance Center (NFC) at (800) 767-9641 option #3. A password will be mailed to your home address or emailed to your office email address.

What is EPP?

With the Employee Personal Page (EPP) you can view your payroll, leave, travel, health and life insurance, savings bond, and other personal information, read news items from your agency or NFC, and link to your favorite sites.

The Self-Service option is available for employees whose agency has elected to offer this option. You can change your Residence Address, Federal and State Tax withholding, Financial Allotments, and Direct Deposit information.

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1. Upon receiving your EPP password go to www.nfc.usda.gov.

Step 2. Enter your computer generated password received from NFC and your social security number as your user ID.

Step 3. Click the Submit button.

Step 4. Change your PIN to a number that only you will know.

More Information:

The Employee Personal Page has been modified to synchronize with your USDA eAuthentication (eAuth) credentials.  You may contact our human resources office or your supervisor for more information on this matter.


With the Employee Personal Page (EPP) you can view your payroll, leave, travel, health and life insurance, savings bond, and other personal information, read news items from your agency or NFC, and link to your favorite sites.

The Self-Service option is available for employees whose agency has elected to offer this option. You can change your Residence Address, Federal and State Tax withholding, Financial Allotments, and Direct Deposit information.

The Work Number for Everyone (PDF; 21 Kb) The Work Number for Everyone is an automated system that provides employment & salary verification to specific creditors and potential lenders. Through use of a touch-tone phone, employees can authorize potential creditors the access needed in order to obtain information required for apartment rental, reference checks, short-term, and major loans including mortgages through this automated system.

Military Reservists: Federal employees are required to advise their employing office at such time they become eligible for retired or retainer pay from the military reserves.

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Webmaster at 254-742-9953.