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Registering Your Two-Step Authentication

This topic has been updated to include the new Warning message, reCAPTCHA security measure information, and a note informing users of the NoReply@usda.gov automated email.

The Registering Your Two-Step Authentication page allows the user to choose how they would prefer to receive the Two-Step Authentication verification code.

To Register Your Two-Step Authentication:

  1. Connect to https://www.nfc.usda.gov.
  2. Select the Applications tab. The Application Launchpad is displayed.
  3. On the Application Launchpad, select My EPP. A Warning page is displayed.

    Warning Banner Message

  4. Select the I Agree button. The My Employee Personal Page login page is displayed.

    New EPP Launch Pad Page

  5. From the Choose a Sign In Option menu, select a sign in option.

    Valid values are:

    Option

    Description

    Sign In with eAuth

    Takes the user to the eAuthentication Login page.

    Sign In with EPP Account

    Takes the user to the My EPP Login page.

    If the Sign In with EPP Account button was selected, the EPP Log In page is displayed with the reCAPTCHA security measure.

    Note: The security reCAPTCHA message is only displayed when the Sign-in with EPP Account button is chosen.

    Log In page

  6. Complete the fields as follows:

    User ID

    Password

  7. Select the reCAPTCHA checkbox that reads, I'm not a robot.

    Note: In most cases, a checkmark will appear, and you may proceed with your request; However, in some cases, further verification may be needed, and you may be required to solve an additional challenge. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to complete your verification. Once the additional challenge has been passed, a checkmark will appear, and you may proceed with your original request.

  8. Select the Log In button. The Enter Your Work E-mail Address page is displayed.

    Enter Your Work E-mail Address Page - With Name Filled

  9. Verify that the email address shown is your correct work email address by selecting the Submit button. The Verify Your Work Email Address (with Verification Code) page is displayed.

    Verify Your Work E-mail Address Page - Verification Code Entry

    Note: All emails that are generated from EPP will be sent from the NoReply@usda.gov email ddress. That email box is not monitored. Any questions should be directed to the NFC Contact Center at 1-855-632-4468 or your Personnel or Payroll Office.

  10. Enter the verification code that was sent to your work email in the space provided.
  11. Select the Submit button. The Enter Your Personal E-mail Address page is displayed.

    Enter Your Personal E-mail Address (with Personal E-mail displayed) Page

  12. Verify that the email address shown is your correct personal email address by selecting the Submit button. The Verify Your Personal Email Address (with Verification Code) page is displayed.

    Verify Your Personal E-mail Address Page - Verification Code

  13. Enter the verification code that was sent to your personal email in the space provided.
  14. Select the Submit button. The Two-Step Authentication page is displayed.

    Two-Step Authentication page- 3 options

  15. On the Two-Step Authentication page, choose an option to verify your access.

    Valid values are:

    Option

    Description

    Text Message (SMS)

    Select this radio button if you would like to receive the authentication verification code in the form of a text message (SMS). The message will provide a verification code.

    Select the Continue button. The Two-Step Authentication Phone Number page is displayed.

    Authentication Application

    Select this radio button if you would like to use the Authentication Application.

    Select the Continue button. The Two-Step Authentication App page is displayed.

    Phone Call

    Select this radio button if you would like to receive the Authentication verification code via an automated phone call.

    Select the Continue button. The Two-Step Authentication App page is displayed.

To Utilize the Text Message (SMS) Option:

  1. Enter your phone number in the Phone Number field provided.

    Note: The phone number must be able to accept text messages (SMS).

    Two-Step Authentication Phone Number Screen

    Note: If you have lost your phone or changed your phone number, please refer to the EPP Miscellaneous menu option for guidance.

  2. Select the Submit button. The Two-Step Authentication (with Verification Code) page is displayed.

    Your phone will receive a verification code via text message (SMS).

    Two-Step Authentication Page - Verification Code Sent to Phone

  3. Enter the Verification Code in the field provided.

    Note: If you do not receive the code within 10 minutes, select Send new code.

  4. Select the Submit button. You will receive a text message on your phone confirming 2-Step Authentication enabled. You are now logged in to EPP.

    The EPP Main Menu page is displayed.

    News and Announcements page

To Utilize the Authentication Application Option:

  1. On your phone, open your Authentication app. The Two-Step Authentication (Key Code or Scan Code) page is displayed.

    Two-Step Authentication App Screen

  2. Enter or copy the key code from the app into the space provided under item number 3.

    OR

    Scan the code

  3. Select the Submit button.

To Utilize the Phone Call Option:

To utilize the phone call option you will have to provide a U.S. telephone number. Each time you log in to your account with your password, a one-time-use code will be sent to your verified phone number via an automated phone call.

Note: If you are outside of the U.S., you must use the Authentication application option.

Two-Step Authentication Phone Number page

  1. Enter your phone number in the Phone Number field.
  2. Select the Submit button. The Two-Step Authentication (verification code) page is displayed. You will receive an automated phone call providing a verification code.

    Two-Step Authentication Phone Number Verification page

    Note: If you do not receive the code within 10 minutes, select Resend Code.

  3. Enter the verification code provided in the Verification Code field.
  4. Select the Submit button. The My EPP Main Menu page is displayed.

    Note: By selecting the Phone Call option to receive the verification code, each time you log in to your account, a one-time use code will be sent via an automated phone call to the verified phone number. Enter the code to access your account. Message and data rates may apply.

    To change the selected two-factor authentication option to another option, go to Preferences, and select Change Two-Step Authentication.

See Also

Getting Started in EPP

Signing Up for EPP

Logging in to EPP for the First Time

Logging In

Login Instructions Using eAuthentication

Exiting EPP