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PY13 Q3 QPRs - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SPARQ has been closed for the processing of the PY13 Q3 QPRs.  It is expected to be available again on Friday, April 18. 
SPARQ Outage - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
SPARQ will be unavailable on Saturday, May 3, from 6 AM until 8 PM EDT.
SPARQ Release 6.4 - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
SPARQ Release 6.4 has been implemented. Details are availablehere.
PY13 Q2 QPRs - Monday, February 03, 2014
The PY13 Quarter 2 QPRs are final.
Data Validation - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The data validation sample for the PY13 validation of the PY12 data is now available. The Data Validation Handbook will be available soon. It is currently being updated to include the information needed for next year. In the meantime, data validators can use last year’s handbook for this year’s validation.
PY13 Q1 QPRs - Monday, November 18, 2013
The PY13 Quarter 1 QPRs are final.
SPARQ 6.3 - Friday, September 27, 2013
Release 6.3 was deployed on September 26, 2013. The changes made in this release are as follows:

• An Authorized Positions utility was added, so that each grantee can enter its own information directly into SPARQ.  Instructions will be provided to all grantee administrators.

• Five more edits have been made verifiable. This means grantee administrators will have the ability to mark the data element in question as “verified” and thereby suppress the warning. They are:
o P5, "Home phone number" is blank.
o P9-1, "Application date" is before 1986; please verify.
o P33-3, Applicant "Date of signing" is before 1986; please verify.
o P43-4, "Date of eligibility determination" is before 1986; please verify.
o A13-2, "Assignment date" is before 1986; please verify.

• Instructions were added to several management reports.

• Various text and label revisions will be made in several management reports and automatic e-mails.
SPARQ Security Policy - Friday, July 12, 2013
The minor revisions listed below have been made to the SPARQ Security Policy. The revised document is available on theSPARQ Security Policy page.
• Attachment A must be submitted via e-mail; sending via fax is no longer an option.
• Phone Number must be provided.
• Each SPARQ account must have a unique e-mail address.
• Accounts whose User IDs do not conform to the formatting requirement are subject to immediate deletion.
• In order to ensure that accounts are not used by multiple persons, concurrent logins are not permitted.
SPARQ Security Changes - Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Simultaneous logins are no longer possible. This change was made to enforce the policies that (1) users may not share accounts and (2) users must log out of SPARQ before closing their browser. Users must log out of SPARQ before closing the browser or navigating away from SPARQ or risk being blocked from logging back into SPARQ.

If a user closes the browser without first logging out
The session will remain active and additional logins with account will be blocked. The user will not be able to log in again for at least thirty (30) minutes.

If a user navigates away from SPARQ but does not close the browser
The user can type www.sparq.doleta.gov into the address window, or click on a bookmark for that URL, and the page will return to the active session. Please note that if the user types www.sparq.doleta.gov/login.cfm (or clicks on a bookmark for that URL) and re-enters login credentials, the session will be blocked. For that reason, we strongly recommend that all users add a bookmark for www.sparq.doleta.gov, and remove any bookmarks for www.sparq.doleta.gov/login.cfm. (Note: In internet Explorer, bookmarks are called “Favorites” or “Internet Shortcuts”.)


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