NB_440_19_23 - NB 440-19-23 PGM – National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) User Access Review and Certification
NB 440-19-23 PGM – National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) User Access Review and Certification
National Bulletin: 440-19-23    Date: July 18, 2019
Subject: PGM – National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) User Access Review and Certification  

Action Required By:   August 23, 2019   
Purpose.  To communicate the timeline and responsibilities for the annual review and certification of NEST users.     
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019   

Background.  An annual review of active NEST users is required. The Designated Approving Official (e.g., the State conservationist, regional conservationist, deputy chief, or other NHQ supervisor) must certify that the active users in their State or area are the correct users for their associated area and have the appropriate role assignments.

Guidance requires that each employee who has an active NEST user account have his or her roles formally reviewed by the applicable designated approving official. This annual review will result in one of the following:

• A confirmation that the role is appropriate as assigned.
• The role is being edited to reflect the current location and/or responsibilities.
• The user’s account is being deactivated.


Explanation.  Within 30 days of a NEST user’s duties or location changing, a completed NEST User Access Request is required to be submitted by the Approving Official to the NEST Administrator. This requirement also applies when an active user is separated from the Agency. The NEST Administrator will make the requested changes within 30 days of the change occurring.

To ensure that this requirement is being enforced and to account for all active users, all Approving Officials must complete the following actions no later than close of business August 23, 2019:

• Run or obtain a current copy of the “Active NEST User Report” from the NEST “Master Report” page. The report is located under the “My Pages” section.
• Assess whether the users listed on the report are within the correct area and are assigned a role that is consistent with their position’s responsibilities (See Attachment C for Role Compatibilities).
o State Conservationists are not responsible for active users with National-level roles within their administrative area (see page 2 of Attachment B for Roles in NEST).
• Complete the verification sheet (Attachment A) and return it along with a copy of the “Active NEST User Report” by email to NEST Support, at NESTsupport@wdc.usda.gov, and James Campbell, Management Analyst, at james.j.campbell@usda.gov
o If it is determined that a user account needs to be amended, added, or deactivated, the “NEST User Access Permissions Request” (Attachment B) must also accompany Attachment A.

NEST user accounts that are not reviewed and certified by August 23, 2019, will be deactivated.       

Contact.  Questions regarding the completion of the required NEST documents may be directed to NEST Support at NESTsupport@wdc.usda.gov.      


 Deputy Chief for Programs   


Attachment A

Attachment B

Attachment C     

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