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SPARQ Availability

SPARQ is Available.

SPARQ Availability May 2017

SPARQ will be shut down on Wednesday, May 10, for the PY16 Quarter 3 close. Here is the detailed schedule:

11 PM EDT, Monday, May 8

All PY16 Quarter 3 data should be entered into SPARQ.

Morning of Tuesday, May 9

All grantees should take a final look at their DQRs. If any cross-grantee errors have arisen, please notify SCSEP Help at once so that we may help resolve these issues. It is strongly recommended that no additional data be entered. Please use this time solely to resolve any remaining errors.

12 noon EDT, Wednesday, May 10

SPARQ will close for the processing of the PY16 Quarter 3 QPRs. Any data entered after noon on May 10 will not be reflected in the PY16 Quarter 3 QPRs.

Friday, May 12

SPARQ is expected to re-open by Friday, May 12. At that time, the PY16 Q3 QPRs will be visible, but should not be considered final until further notice

PY16 Quarter 2 close
The PY16 Quarter 2 QPRs are final and have been updated to include the sub-grantee authorized and modified positions. All levels now use sub-state minimum wages to calculate the modified slots.
Sub-state Modified Positions
The Q2 PY16 QPRs at all levels use sub-state minimum wages to calculate modified slots. Mod slots are customized for each grantee and for each national grantee in a state by creating a weighted average based on PY15 authorized positions (AP) and minimum wages in each county in which the grantee operates. County minimum wages are adjusted based on any city minimum wages within each county. At the sub-grantee level, mod slots are based on the average weighted minimum wage in the territory served by the sub-grantee’s grantee and the sub-grantee’s own PY15 AP. This partial customization will be replaced with full customization of each sub-grantee’s mod slots in the next release of SPARQ, which is expected in May.

We will shortly update the Q3 authorized positions in SPARQ to reflect the PY16 AP after all approved post-award positon swaps. We will also recalculate the mod slots using the PY16 AP. We will let you know when this has occurred.
SPARQ Release 7.1 has been implemented.  Details about the contents of the release are available here
PY16 Validation of PY15 Data
The sample for the PY16 validation of PY15 data is available.  The updated version of the Data Validation Handbook will be available by mid-December.  In the meantime, data validators can use last year’s handbook to begin work on this year’s validation efforts. The deadline for PY16 validation of PY15 data is Friday, June 30, 2017.
PY16 Quarter 1 QPRs
The PY16 Quarter 1 QPRs are final.
PY15 End-of-Year QPRs
The PY15 End-of-Year QPRs are final.
2016 Q1 data on InfoSPACE
The 2016 Q1 data are now available on InfoSPACE.
SPARQ Release 7.0 has been implemented.  Details about the contents of the release are available here

Persistent Unemployment 2013 – 2015 Table
For newly enrolled participants on or after January 1, 2016, you must use the new table to receive credit in the Most-in-Need measure on the PY15 QPR.

For any existing participant who was enrolled prior to January 1, 2016, you will receive credit in the Most-in- Need on the PY15 QPR if either the new table or the old table (2012-2014) supports the factor.

The table for 2011-2013 should only be used by data validators. Validators should refer to the Data Validation Handbook for details.

The most recent data can be accessed here

This site has been designed to assist you with all things relating to SPARQ.  We hope you find everything you need here.   To access information on SPARQ, please click on the links in the menu at the left.

Resetting Passwords

A security enhancement has been made to the SPARQ login page.  Previously, a user who forgot the password could request that the password be sent via e-mail.  Since it is not secure to send current passwords via e-mail, that function has been replaced.  The new function now allows a user to reset the password.  The following message is displayed at the bottom of the login screen:


To reset your password, enter your user ID then click here, and you will be sent an e-mail containing your temporary login information.


When the user logs in with the temporary password, it will be necessary to change the password immediately.  This new function can be used by a user who has forgotten the password, or by a user who has accidentally locked the account by entering an incorrect password three times.  Users with expired accounts will not be able to use this reset function.  Instead, they will receive the following message:


You cannot reset your password because your password is expired. Please contact your administrator

 For questions about your user ID or password, please contact your grantee administrator. 

For Technical Assistance and End User Support with SPARQ, contact BCT Partners:

    - By e-mail: help@scsep-help.com
    - By phone: (877) 404-0688
Please include your phone number and Sub-grantee name in your message.

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