Access to EPA Servers and TSSMS Accounts

EPA builds all web content in the Drupal WebCMS as of January 2013. All new microsites and resource directories will be created using Drupal.  There is still content on EPA's legacy servers and this content will be maintained there until it is transformed and moved into the Drupal WebCMS.  The following information should be used only for minor updates/maintenance of existing pages; any significant updates or revisions to existing pages should be done in the context of One EPA Web content transformation into the Drupal WebCMS.

Access to EPA servers is available via computers within the Agency's network and on a restricted basis to those outside the network. All EPA employees using the Agency's network can view Web pages residing on the EPA's public access and Intranet servers. The ability to publish and manage Web pages on these servers requires that the EPA data owner first apply for an account by following the steps outlined below under Access to EPA Servers from the EPA Network.

For contractors, other business partners and EPA staff using computers outside of the Agency's network, access to EPA's Intranet and Internet require that the appropriate forms be submitted and approved. Procedures and links to forms for this type of access are provided below under Access to EPA Servers from Outside the Agency.


Access to EPA Servers from the EPA Network

1. To be a data owner (i.e., manage information and data) on the Agency's public access or Intranet servers, you first must have FTP and/or Telnet client software on your computer.

A new web area on EPA’s web server is created by establishing a new account in EPA’s Time Sharing Services Management System (TSSMS). TSSMS controls the registration of accounts for access to the computers and other resources in the National Computer Center (NCC). To set up a new TSSMS account, (or to add another user to an existing account) please contact your ADP Coordinator. Your ADP Coordinator also can assign a user Id if you do not already have one.

2. Time Sharing System Management System (TSSMS) will generate the account, user ID or perform modifications. TSSMS will e-mail the user account information (Account name, User ID, Password) to you.

Please note the following:

  • Your password must be changed the first time you logon. Use a Telnet session to change the password as you cannot change a password within a FTP session.
  • After the initial password change, the password will expire every 90 days. This is a security measure and cannot be modified.
  • If the password expires, open a telnet session and it should prompt you for a new password. If your account becomes disabled, contact the EPA Call Center Intranet at 1-866-411-4EPA (4372) to have the account reset.
  • For more information on logging on via Telnet or FTP and on the password command, refer to Account Log OnIntranet

Functional Public Access Update Policy

Standard Public Access Update Period is between 8:00am to 10:00pm Eastern Monday through Friday.

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Access to EPA Servers from Outside the Agency

Users outside of the Agency's network must use the Anytime, Anyplace, Access (AAA) serviceIntranet AAA is the Agency's answer to changing requirements for remote access. It incorporates encryption of the entire remote session over the Internet and uses dynamic, two-factor authentification. It is available from EPA's Office of Environmental Information. For more information and pricing, please contact your Working Capital Fund service manager. If a contractor, please contact you EPA counterpart.

Functional Public Access Update Policy

Standard Public Access Update Period is between 8:00am to 10:00pm Eastern Monday through Friday.

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