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Transitioning to the User Access Manager

" January 1, 2022 - TDA will begin a full transition to the User Access Manager for all entities and will retire the FND-101 form in Spring of 2022.
January 1, 2022 -  (First posted December 1, 2021) Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) implemented the User Access Manager (UAM) role in the Texas Unified Nutrition Program System (TX-UNPS) to streamline and increase security for your entity.  The UAM role is responsible for management of user security rights for your entity directly within TX-UNPS.

Establishing a UAM would mean:
    • Turnaround time for adding new users or modifying existing users is greatly increased as staff are not waiting for a form to be signed and completed.
    • Reducing the risk for inappropriate user access when staff are no longer employed or have changed job functions.
    • Easily identify which users have access to certain critical functions and management of separation of duties.

The UAM would be able to add, modify, and deactivate users directly in TX-UNPS which means the Certificate of Authority for External users (FND-101) no longer needs to be submitted.  Therefore, TDA will be transitioning to the UAM and plans to no longer accept the FND-101 form starting next calendar year (Spring 2022).

Getting started on the transition is easy…designate one employee who is not contracted or temporary as your UAM and submit the Security Authority for User Access Manager (FND-135) form to TDA.

Information regarding the UAM responsibilities, processes, the UAM Handbook Guide, detailed processing videos, and the FND-135 form are available at


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

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