SPARQ Updates in Prior Program YearsSPARQ Updates PY 2014     December 9, 2022  
SPARQ Updates in Prior Program Years
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SPARQ Updates PY 2014

Suspension of Federal Government Services - Tuesday, October 06, 2020
SPARQ is currently unavailable due to the suspension of Federal government services. It will be available again when the Federal government resumes operations. Please note, the Charter Oak Group and BCT Partners are available to provide assistance that does not require the use of SPARQ. 
PY 14 End-of-Year QPRs - Friday, October 02, 2015
SPARQ is re-opened. The PY14 End-of-Year QPRs are final.
PY14 Quarter 4 QPRs - Friday, August 07, 2015
The PY14 Quarter 4 QPRs are now final.
SPARQ 6.7 - Monday, June 01, 2015
The new table for persistent unemployment is now available in SPARQ.
PY14 Quarter 3 QPRs - Friday, April 17, 2015
The PY14 Quarter 3 QPRs are final.
SPARQ 6.6 - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 SPARQ release 6.6 has been implemented.  Details about the contents of the release are availablehere.
PY14 Quarter 2 QPRs - Thursday, January 29, 2015
The PY14 Quarter 2 QPRs are final.
Poverty Guidelines - Monday, January 26, 2015
The"Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines" was published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2015.
Data Validation - Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Data Validation Handbook for the PY14 validation of the PY13 data is now available. The deadline to complete validation is June 1, 2015.
Data Validation - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The sample for the PY14 validation of the PY13 data is now available.
PY14 Quarter 1 QPRs - Friday, November 07, 2014
The PY14 Quarter 1 QPRs are final.
Resetting Passwords - Friday, October 03, 2014


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

SPARQ 6.5.2 - Friday, August 22, 2014
SPARQ 6.5.2 has been implemented.

Performance improvements have been made to the following reports:
        2.Started Employment but Not Yet Achieved Entered Employment
        3.Achieved Entered Employment but Not Yet Achieved Retention
        4.Assignments by Host Agency
        5.Host Agency

Please note that the last four of those reports require that a process be run before data changes will be reflected in the report.  For now, that process will run at 7 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM.  We will assess the impact of that process on overall system performance, and if possible, increase the frequency with which it is run.  Please also note that, for those four reports, any changes made to data will not be reflected until the next time the process is run.

Edit E6.b-1, Since “Other reason for exit” is “For cause” or “Non-income eligible” or “Durational limit,” “Date of termination letter” must be valued, has also been implemented.  This edit only affects records where the exit date is on or after 7/1/2014.
SPARQ 6.5 - Thursday, July 03, 2014
SPARQ Release 6.5 has been implemented.  Details about the contents of the release are availablehere.


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