TX-UNPS User Access Manager
Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has implemented a User Access Manager (UAM) role in the Texas Unified Nutrition Program System (TX-UNPS) to increase information security and help improve operational efficiencies within each Contracting Entity.  

So, what exactly does that mean?  The designated UAM person at your entity would have the ability to add, modify, and deactivate users from TX-UNPS, ensure users have the correct security permissions, and help users with their password resets. Basically, the tasks that are managed through the Certificate of Authority for External User (FND-101) form are now managed by the UAM directly into TX-UNPS.

Why is TDA making this change? Well, in reviewing the current process, TDA discovered several benefits to establishing a UAM within each entity:
  • Quicker turnaround time for adding new users or modifying existing user access within TX-UNPS. This greatly reduces the downtime for staff while waiting for the appropriate access and paperwork to be completed.
  • Reduce risk for inappropriate user access at each entity. The UAM would have firsthand knowledge of when staff are no longer with the entity or have changed job functions which ensures users have the proper access.
  • Identifying users to serve as backup to critical TX-UNPS roles and managing of separation of duties. With a complete list of users and their respective access, it is easier to identify user’s access.

There are a few things that are not changing with adding the UAM role. If your entity participates in the MENU program, additional security access within the MENU module system will continue to be managed by your Child Nutrition Director. If your entity participates in the Food Distribution Program and has an agreement with an entity to allow for the FDP Processors, Warehouses, or Processing Co-Op Coordinators access to TX-UNPS, the FND-101 form is still required. The UAM will not manage these users.

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  • 90 Day Deactivation Rule

If a user does not sign into TX-UNPS at least once every 90 days, the user account will be deactivated automatically. This includes all entity users including the UAM. TDA does send reminder emails about logging into the system prior to deactivating so it is important for the UAM to ensure all user’s email addresses are accurate. If the UAM’s account is deactivated, a new FND-135 form must be resubmitted to establish the account again and be assigned as the UAM for your entity. Until the new FND-135 form is received and processed, no other updates to users can be completed.

  • Security Groups Re-alignment

TDA adjusted the security groups to properly align with the role of the user which means if the user only does Claims, then the user should have the Claims security group and no other groups. As the UAM is assigned, TDA will provide a list of users along with a “Getting Started” document to assist with updating the user’s security. In order to ensure compliance, the UAM should review and update the users as soon as possible.

Need Help?

For general TX-UNPS questions, assistance with managing the security access for your users, or for existing UAM CEs to request their logon ID and password use the information below to direct questions to TDA staff.

Phone: (877) TEX MEAL (839-6325)
Fax: (888) 203-6593
E-mail: TDAUAM@texasagriculture.gov

For instructions on resolving TX-UNPS Session Conflicts, review the quick guide by clicking here.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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