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Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) Release Notes

This page provides release notes for the ACRES tool.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.150) was released Friday, February 2nd, 2018.

All Users

  • ACRES Bulletin – January 2018

    The January 2018 bulletin was distributed to users. If you missed reading it, you can access this bulletin and all previous bulletins using the following link: http://acres.ceeopcloud.net/acres_bulletin/ebulletins/index.html
     
  • Section 128(a) State/Tribal Program Activity Levels (PALs) Report

    Two new questions have been added to this annual report. Statistical data will be collected for engineering and institutional controls and for the Voluntary Cleanup Program/Response Program.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.130) was released Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Project Officers/EPA Users

  • Area Wide Planning (AWP) Grants – close/cancel function added

    Project Officers (POs) can now change the status of their AWP grant from open to either closed or cancelled from their AWP grant home page.  Similar to other grant types, the PO can click the ‘Manage this Cooperative Agreement’ button at the top of the page, enter a closing date and the responsible PO name, and save the status change.  The status icon is changed from a green circle to solid blue circle to indicate that the AWP is closed.  Note that data can continue to be added to the AWP grant, even though it is closed.
     
  • Quarterly Reports generate a PDF for the Project Officer

    When a PO reviews and approves a Quarterly Report, an email with a PDF copy of their report will be sent to them.  The report is also available at their fingertips in ACRES (for forever) should they opt to view it online.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.110) was released Friday, June 9, 2017.

All Users

  • 2017 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Awards
     

    The 2017 EWDJT Grant Fact Sheets were posted to the EPA web site on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The EPA announced the selection of 14 grantees for approximately $2.8 million in EWDJT grants. Each grantee will receive funds to operate environmental job training programs that advance environmental justice by providing opportunities for residents living in areas impacted by contaminated lands. Trainees gain experience for jobs related to cleanup activities in their own communities. To view the grant fact sheets, please go to: https://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

  • 2017 Assessment and Cleanup (AC) Awards Announced
     

    The 2017 AC Grant Fact Sheets were posted to the EPA web site on Wednesday, May 31st. The EPA announced the selection of 166 communities who will receive 172 grants, for approximately $56.8 million in AC grants. These funds will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities through the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties and expand the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses. To view the grant fact sheets, please go to: https://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

Project Officers/EPA Users

  • Program Accomplishment Report (PAR)
     

    Revisions have been made to better organize filter options on the PAR. The ARC, State & Tribal, and TBA grants (whose accomplishments count towards GPRA annual targets) are grouped at the top left side of the report selection page. The JT, Area-Wide Planning Showcase Community grant options (these grant types do not have GPRA targets) are grouped at the bottom of the selection page.

    The ability to include ARRA data has been added. On the right side of the report selection page, you have the option to select ARRA data only or to include ARRA data with other grant types already selected (ex. ARC).

    Several help icons have been added to provide detailed explanations.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.100) was released Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Cooperative Agreement Recipients

  • Property Profile Form (PPF) Start and Completion Dates
     

    The completion dates in the PPF Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment sections are required to be at least one day later than the associated start dates. If the same date is entered in both date fields, an error message will be displayed.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.090) was released Friday, April 7.

Cooperative Agreement Recipients

  • Area-Wide Planning (AWP) Data Entry
     

    After using the new data entry page for several months, the following improvements were requested and have been made.

    • On the Project Area Information tab, the ACRES properties listed on the page link to their associated Property Home page. Users can quickly access the property to check data, for example, verifying that the leveraged funding isn’t double counted as both property and AWP funding.
    • On the Project Area Information tab, users are no longer required to enter a catalyst site before the tab data is saved.
    • On the Redevelopment Site(s) tab, all ACRES properties and the non-ACRES catalyst/high priority sites display on the tab to collect redevelopment information. Previously, only sites marked as catalysts were displayed.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.070) was released Friday, January 13th.

Cooperative Agreement Recipients

  • Area-Wide Planning (AWP) Data Entry
     

    The new AWP reporting home page was released in the last sprint (December 2016). If you are updating AWP information for the first time and need a hint on how to start, here are the ‘quick clicks’ you’ll need: click the ‘My Cooperative Agreement’ tab on your home page and then click the link to the AWP CA. The new AWP page has 7 tabs. Use the tabs to move from page to page as you enter AWP information, being sure to click the ‘Save’ button on each page. To have your project officer review the information, click the ‘Review & Submit’ tab, scroll to the bottom of the review page and click the ‘Submit’ button.>

    If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the ACRES Help Desk. Feedback is welcome and can be sent using the ‘Feedback’ or ‘Contact Us’ links at the top of every ACRES page.

  • Property Profile Page (PPF) – county names added automatically
     

    When a new property is created, or a property address updated, the county in which the property exists will be automatically updated on the PPF. This will save users data entry time.

Project Officers

  • Program Accomplishment Report (PAR) – option to display accomplishments in Draft status
     

    The option to display draft accomplishments (work packages awaiting approval) has been added to the PAR. To view draft accomplishment statistics and details, select the report criteria (accomplishment type(s), year(s), region(s)) and click the box for ‘Draft Data (awaiting approval)’ in the Optional Selections column. Then click the ‘Run Report’ button. When selecting draft, note that ONLY draft (no final) accomplishments are displayed.

  • Jurisdiction Data Association
     

    The ability to identify jurisdiction information for a cooperative agreement has been added back into the project officer’s ‘Manage This Cooperative Agreement’ function. To access this feature, navigate to the ‘My Regional Cooperative Agreements’ tab and click the link for a specific CA. At the top of the CA Home page, click the ‘Manage This Cooperative Agreement’ button and scroll to the Jurisdiction Information section. Select a state/territory and a Jurisdiction Type; then click the ‘Search Jurisdictions’ button. A list of available jurisdictions is displayed. Click the ‘Associate Jurisdiction’ button next to the appropriate line and it will appear in the jurisdiction table. This information will be passed to CIMC during the monthly ACRES-CIMC update process (18th of each month).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.060) was released Friday, December 9th.

All Users

  • ACRES Bulletin – November 2016
     

    The November 2016 bulletin was distributed to users. If you missed reading it, you can access this bulletin and all previous bulletins using the following link: http://acres.ceeopcloud.net/acres_bulletin/ebulletins/index.html

  • Property Home Page – Accomplishment Pending
     

    Under a cleanup grant, when a property has all the information needed to qualify as an accomplishment, ACRES will display the status “Cleanup pending approval” on the Property Home page (Cleanup section). Previously this message also included the fiscal year in which the property met accomplishment requirements. However, the accomplishment is counted in the year the cleanup is approved, not the year requirements are met. Because verification and approval can take some time, this created some confusion when the 'pending approval' year did not match the approval year.

Cooperative Agreement Recipients

  • Area-Wide Planning (AWP) Home Page Redesigned
     

    The AWP reporting home page has been completely redesigned! You are now able to provide specific information about your project area, including area-wide boundaries, catalyst/high priority brownfield site(s) details, project leveraging, type(s) of reuse planned and project web links. You can also report your implementation activities, share brownfields redevelopment updates and associate existing ACRES property records from brownfield sites within the same project area.

    These improvements to the home page were made to help you share more details around your specific project area, record important information about key brownfield sites and track a variety of accomplishments in a more consistent way across different AWP project stages. The AWP Home page now includes six tabs to track AWP-specific data:

    1. Project Area Information - includes project boundaries, catalyst/high priority brownfields and associated brownfield sites
    2. Leveraged Resources - helps you develop or implement your area-wide plan
    3. Plan Summary - highlights AWP goals and project web links
    4. Lessons Learned - helps others benefit from your experiences
    5. Implementation Activities – record these during or after the AWP grant
    6. Redeveloped Sites - aligns with your community’s overall AWP goals

Project Officers

  • Property Accomplishment Report (PAR) Enhancement
     

    On the PAR report, for JT reporting, years FY05 and earlier are reported in greater detail. Previously a report for the year FY06 included a summary of all data from 1998 through 2006. Each of the older grants now displays as an individual report line. To view pre-FY06 data on the PAR, select “Job Training Cooperative Agreements by Grant FY” as an Alternate Cooperative Agreement Type and select “All Years” as the Select Year(s) to report.

  • PO Home Page
     

    The accomplishment table at the top of a PO's home page has been modified to exclude ARRA accomplishments. ARRA accomplishments do not count towards annual targets and are therefore not included in either PAT or PAR counts. Removing them from the PO Home page provides consistency in annual accomplishment reporting. If a PO wishes to view ARRA statistics, these are available as an alternate option on the PAR to list only ARRA.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.040) was released Friday, October 7th.

All Users

  • Changes to the Property Profile Form (PPF)
     

    Every 3 years, EPA reevaluates the PPF to determine whether new data fields are needed and whether existing data fields are no longer useful. In 2016, the following changes were approved and are effective with this release:

    1. A new field, ‘Property Alias’, has been added to the Property Background Information section, located below the ‘Property Name’. Multiple aliases can be entered. Additionally, the Find Property function has been modified to allow users to search using ‘Property Alias’ name. To search by alias name, enter the name into either Keyword or the Property Name and click the ‘Filter Now’ button.

    2. In the Property Geographic Information section, 4 fields related to the manual calculation of latitude and longitude (lat/long) have been removed. Lat/long values are automatically added to ACRES based on the property address. The removed fields are:

    • Horizontal Collection Method
    • Source Map Scale Number
    • Reference Point
    • Horizontal Reference Datum

The PPF will be reevaluated again in 2019. Suggestions for PPF improvements are always welcome and will be included in the discussion for the next update. Please send these to the ACRES Help Desk.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at ACRES_help@csra.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.020) was released Tuesday, July 19th.

All Users

  • Quarterly Progress Report now available for Assessment Grants

    Similar to the Quarterly Progress Reporting for cleanup grants, a version is now available to all users for entering/editing/approving their quarterly reporting requirements for assessment grants. Some of the required report data, including assessment start/end dates and funding, is pulled from ACRES which makes the report much easier to complete online compared to using a report template/paper version. Also, some of the report information is automatically forwarded to future reports which further reduces the amount of time it takes to complete a quarterly progress report.

    CAR users can access the report by clicking the “My Cooperative Agreements” tab in the middle of their Home page. A listing of all associated CAs is displayed and a new column appears on the right. For every assessment or cleanup grant that does not have a quarterly report for the previous quarter, a green button titled “Generate Quarterly Report” will display. Click the green button to start a new report. Enter information in all applicable fields (note that report information is organized by tabs) and then submit to your project officer for review/approval using the last tab, Review & Submit. Have questions on what you should enter into a particular field? Click the help icon at the top of each section for details.

    Project Officers can access reports that have been submitted for their approval by clicking the ‘Quarterly Reports to Review’ tab located in the middle of their Home page. All submitted reports will be listed under the tab.

    Once a quarterly progress report has been submitted and approved, it is available for view only. Reports from previous quarters are accessible on both the “My Cooperative Agreements” tab and on the Cooperative Agreement Home page. Click the ‘View Previous Quarterly Reports’ link and then select a specific report.

    Reports can be printed at any stage (during CAR initial entry, during project officer (PO) approval process, and after the report is approved/final) using the ‘Print’ button at the bottom of the report.
     
  • ACRES Help Desk – Final Email Address Change

    The technical issue with the ACRES Help Desk email has a final resolution. It includes a change in the email address. Please send help requests to acres_help@usepa.onmicrosoft.com. The links to the Help Desk in ACRES have all been updated so if you click on the link in ACRES, you will be directed to the correct address. However< if you have the URL saved on your computer, be sure to change it to the new address.
     

Project Officers

  • Program Accomplishment Report (PAR) Enhancement

    A new grant type selection option has been added to the report filters. It is for Multi-Purpose cooperative agreements. Note that only 9 of these grants were awarded (all in FY12).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at ACRES_help@csra.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.010) was released Monday, June 20th.

All Users

  • Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) Grant Awards

    The 2016 ARC Grant Fact Sheets were posted to the EPA web site on Tuesday, May 31st. The EPA announced the selection of 131 communities who will receive 218 grants, for approximately $55.2 million in ARC grants. These funds will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities through the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties and expand the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses. To view the grant fact sheets, please go to: https://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/
     
  • Cooperative Agreement (CA) Home Page – Primary Data Contact

    The separate ‘Primary Contact’ field displayed on the CA Home page has been combined with the 'Primary Reviewer' field and now displays as the 'Primary Reviewer/Contact'.
     
  • ACRES Help Desk – New Email Address

    Due to technical issues at the EPA, the email address for the ACRES Help Desk has been changed. Please send help requests to ACRES_help@csra.com (the old URL was ACRES_Help@epa.gov). The links to the Help Desk in ACRES have all been updated so if you click on the link in ACRES, you will be directed to the correct address. However if you have the URL saved on your computer, be sure to change it to the new address.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at ACRES_help@csra.com or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.02.000) was released Tuesday, May 31st.

All Users

  • Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Awards

    The 2016 EWDJT Grant Fact Sheets were posted to the EPA web site on Thursday, May 12th. The EPA announced the selection of 18 grantees for approximately $3.5 million in EWDJT grants. Each grantee will receive funds to operate environmental job training programs that advance environmental justice by providing opportunities for residents living in areas impacted by contaminated lands. Trainees gain experience for jobs related to cleanup activities in their own communities. To view the grant fact sheets, please go to: https://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/
     
  • Property Profile Form (PPF) – Help Text Update

    On Part 2 of the PPF, the help text has been clarified in the Contaminants & Media Affected Information section for the following fields:
     
    • REC (Recognized Environmental Conditions)
      Indicate the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property. Please make sure to enter this information at the end of Phase I.
       
    • Found (Contaminant/Media Found)
      Indicate what types of contaminants have been identified or detected through the assessment activities, marking the boxes for each and every type of contaminant that has been detected. Levels may or may not exceed relevant standards set by the state/jurisdiction. Please make sure to enter the Found information at the end of Phase II.

EPA Users

  • Program Accomplishment Report (PAR) – TBA Accomplishments

    The display of accomplishments that are associated with TBA grants has been modified on the PAR. Because TBAs can be associated with properties from multiple states, the state listed on the report is now the state associated to the property. It appears in a new ‘Property State’ column adjacent the ‘Property Name’ column.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.140) was released Tuesday, April 26th.

CAR Users

  • Area Wide Planning (AWP) Property Association
    Only existing properties can be associated to an AWP grant. If a user wishes to associate a property to AWP, it should have previously been added to ACRES and associated to either an assessment, cleanup, RLF or state/tribal grant. The ‘add property’ button which was erroneously displaying on the AWP grant home page has been removed.

EPA Users

  • New Program Accomplishment Report (PAR)
    We listened and after collecting suggestions and ‘like-to-haves’, the PAR has been redesigned to better meet your reporting needs. Driven by accomplishment type (assessment, cleanup, dollars leveraged, jobs leveraged or acres/properties ready for reuse), you can filter by grant type, as applicable for the accomplishment type selected, if desired. In addition, you can select a specific fiscal year, a number of years, or all years. You can further filter by region(s) or state(s). For example, you can search for FY16 cleanup accomplishments in a single state within your region or for the entire region. Or you may opt to review all of last year’s accomplishments by selecting FY15, all accomplishment types and all regions.

    We’ve also added the capability to report accomplishments for alternate CA types including Job Training, Area Wide Planning and ARRA grants.

    The new PAR can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet so you can save, print, share, and further edit the information.
     

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.110) was released Tuesday, February 2nd.

All ACRES Users

  • ACRES Bulletin
    A new ACRES Bulletin was emailed to users on January 22nd. It featured a success story from Leavenworth, Kansas (Region 7) and highlights from the 2015 Brownfields Conference. If you’d like to view other versions of the bulletin, simply click the ‘View Previous Bulletins’ link at the top of the bulletin. There are some informative and pertinent articles for using ACRES, particularly in Frank’s Tips.
     
  • 2016 Grants Added to ACRES Database
    New grants were added to ACRES including State and Tribal – 128(a), Area-Wide Planning (AWP) and Job Training grants. For the current fiscal year to date, there are 285 grants/cooperative agreements in ACRES.
     

EPA Users

  • Regional Performance Report for AWP Grants
    When the AWP tab was added, there were very few AWP grants and the tab displayed all of them when clicked. This is the third year the grants have been awarded and there are now almost 50, making it more cumbersome to use the tab. The tab has been updated to display only the AWP grants in your region.
     
  • Cooperative Agreement Home Page – Add New Properties
    When associating a new property from the CA Home page (including TBAs), POs will notice that the Find Property page is filtered to display properties only from within the state/region. This significantly reduces the load time for the property results page. The filter options on the left side of the screen can be used to further filter the properties (i.e. by City) or to expand to include adjoining states. This improvement was requested by one of our EPA users.
     
  • State and Tribal Program Activity Levels (PALs) Report
    Several minor improvements were added this month:
    • When users access the PALs organization page, they now have the option to view the statistical data entered for an organization. Any organization that has data entered will have a ‘View’ link to the right of the name. Click the link to view activities in which the organization participated.
    • A Tribal-only version of the report is now available for viewing. Click the ‘Display Tribal Only PAL Report’ link to produce the report.

     

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.100) was released Tuesday, December 15th.

All ACRES Users

  • WAM Password Reset link
    At the 2015 Brownfields Conference, an ACRES trainee suggested adding a link to the ACRES Login page to take users directly to the WAM password reset page. This link, titled ‘ Reset your EPA WAM password’, has been added as requested. The link benefits users who might miss or delete the WAM reset password emails (in some cases the emails end up in a user’s spam folder).
     

EPA Users

  • State and Tribal Program Activity Levels (PALs) Report
    An annual statistical report that summarizes state/tribal information has been added to the Reports tab. It is available for Project Officers and other EPA officers for viewing only. The report consists of 3 tables. The first 2 contain statistics gathered from the state/tribal grantees, which are entered the January following the end of a fiscal year. The third table contains state/tribal accomplishment numbers which are real time (extracted from ACRES).
     
  • Regional Status tab
    On the Regional Status page, the column for ‘Status Since’ which contained both ‘status’ and ‘status date last updated’ has been split into 2 separate columns. Project officers can now sort on each of these fields individually providing better reporting options.
     

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.090) was released Tuesday, November 10th.

All ACRES Users

  • 2015 Supplemental Funding in ACRES
    Approximately 22 ACRES grants were updated with supplemental funding information.
     
  • EPA Completes Website Redesign
    EPA’s new web design affected many of the links that ACRES users access.  ACRES was updated for the new EPA links and then tested at length to verify that all links work correctly.
     
  • Internet Explorer (IE) 11 Issues
    In its latest upgrade to IE 11, Microsoft introduced changes that have affected the display of several ACRES screens on some government computers. Team ACRES has worked quickly to identify and remedy the issues. The IE 11 issues do not appear for any other browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and earlier versions of IE.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.080) was released Tuesday, October 13th.

All ACRES Users

  • 2015 Assessment and Cleanup Grants in ACRES

    The 2015 Assessment and Cleanup grants have been loaded into the ACRES database. There are now 30 cleanup and 81 assessment grants. Users who are associated with the grants can enter property information directly into ACRES.

    Work is underway to add the 2015 supplemental information to the ACRES database this month.

EPA Users

  • Regional Status Tab

    The report for this tab has been problematic for several larger regions due to the substantial number of work packages to display. To resolve the problems the report now displays the data on pages as opposed to one long running report. Similar to the Regional Performance Report, the default displays 10 work packages per page. At the bottom of the report, the user has an option to display up to 50 work packages per page (options are available in increments of 10). Note that the sort feature at the top of the page will sort for all work packages, not just those displayed on the page.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


New! A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.070) was released Friday, September 11th.

All ACRES Users

  • 2015 Job Training and Area-Wide Planning Grants in ACRES

    The 2015 Job Training and Area-Wide Planning grants have been loaded into the ACRES database. Users who are associated with the grants can now enter property and job training information directly into ACRES.

    Work is underway to add the 2015 Assessment and Cleanup grants to the ACRES database this month.

  • Showcase Community Grants

    Nineteen older grants (award years 1998 – 2004) have been designated as Showcase Community Grants. Previously these were designated as either an Assessment or a Cleanup grant. These grants provided funding for the Brownfields Showcase Communities program, whereby EPA staff were assigned to work at the city level on the city's Brownfields program under an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA). The Showcase Community Grants can be easily viewed using the ACRES Find Property/Cooperative Agreement tab, filtering on a Cooperative Agreement Type of “Showcase Community.”

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.060) was released Tuesday, August 4th.

All ACRES Users

  • Property Home Page – Property Progress Status Bar

    In the Property Progress section, a new status of “Not Required” is displayed when property cleanup is actually not required. If cleanup is required and has not begun, the status will continue to display “Not Started”. Likewise, when the Institutional Controls are designated as “not required” on the Property Profile Page (PPF), the Property Progress status will display “Not Required”. This status bar update, requested by one of our Project Officers, will allow the actions to indicate that they aren’t needed instead of haven’t been started yet.

  • ACRES Bulletin 

    The latest bulletin was emailed to users on Friday, July 31st. It features the Green Bay, Wisconsin riverfront redesign success story, information on the 2015 grant announcements, and tips on keeping your ACRES account current.

  • Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA Tab

    The ‘Export to Excel’ option for this tab produces a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet format has been modified so that the spreadsheet can be sorted by any of the data columns.

CAR Users

  • Home Page - Instructions for Completing a Property Profile Form (PPF) 

    A link has been added to the Quick Links section on the Home page. Click the Instructions for Completing a Property Profile Form (PPF) link and detailed instructions are displayed for completing a Brownfields Property Profile Form.

EPA Users

  • Quarterly Report 

    Project Officer comments are now retained after the Quarterly Report is returned for clarification to a grantee. The EPA Project Officer can view them after the updated report is returned for approval.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.050) was released Tuesday, June 23rd.

All ACRES Users

  • 2015 Grant Fact Sheets added for Job Training, Cleanup and Assessment Grantees

    The 19 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grantees announced for 2015 have been added to the Grant Fact Sheets. They can be viewed at http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/. The approximate $3.6 million in grants will be used in communities across the country to recruit and train unemployed and underemployed individuals with the skills needed to secure employment in the environmental field.

    The 147 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Fact Sheets for 2015 are also available for viewing at http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/. The communities being awarded the grants will receive $54.3 million in EPA Brownfields funding. These funds will aid communities and businesses in returning economic stability to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

  • Area-Wide Planning Grants

    A new text field has been added to the Area-Wide Planning (AWP) grant home page. For each leveraged funding line, a new Date field is available to allow users to provide timeframe (or dates) for the project area leveraging. This allows for a clearer picture of the leveraging that took place before the AWP grant project was awarded vs. the leveraging that happened later. A help icon is available for the field with sample data entry suggestions.

CAR Users

  • New Property Add – Duplication Check

    To reduce the creation of duplicate properties, a new check has been added to the Property Add function. When users enter the address information and size for a new property, ACRES performs a validation using the street and zip code to see if a matching property already exists. If one is found, a popup is displayed which:

    1. Notifies the CAR that a similar property already exists,
    2. Lists information on the property (ID, name, address) for use in determining whether the properties are duplicates or unique, and
    3. Gives the CAR the options to either add the property anyhow or return to the Find page to associate the existing property to their grant.

     
  • Property Profile Form (PPF), Page 2, Assessment Funding

    When Assessment Phase I or II funding information is added to the PPF (Page 2) and the CAR is adding EPA/federal funding, the activity field will be pre-populated with the source of funding selected (Phase I or Phase II).

EPA Users

  • Home Page - View Work Packages out of Workflow

    Once a Project Officer (PO) finishes their processing of a work package and assigns it forward, they can no longer see the work package or what is happening with it. A new option has been added to the bottom of the PO Home page to allow POs to view work packages that they have worked on which are not yet complete. With a click on the “Show" link at the bottom of the Home page, they can view work packages that have either been submitted to HQ for approval or returned to CARs for clarification. This is a useful tool for following up on work packages that the PO wishes to have completed. Note that the list must be opened using the link (it defaults to being hidden) – and once opened, can be closed by clicking the Hide link.

    This improvement was requested by one of our ACRES Project Officers.

Admin Users

  • Cooperative Agreement Administration – Initial Project Start Date 

    The Cooperative Agreement Administration function has been updated to allow for the entry/update of Initial Project Period Start and End Dates. In the past, this information was not always available when new grants were loaded into ACRES. If there is no project start date, assessment and cleanup accomplishments are not counted. This new feature allows the Admin to quickly update these important fields.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.040) was released Tuesday, May 26th.

All ACRES Users

  • Cleanup Funding Table – moved to top of section 

    The table for Cleanup funding on the Property Profile Form (PPF), Part 2 and on the associated work package review pages, now displays at the top of the section under the Cleanup Activity initial/completion date fields. This move makes the funding table location consistent with the Assessment and Redevelopment funding table locations. Previously the table was at the bottom of the section.

  • Cooperative Agreement (CA) Home Page – Comment field

    The Cooperative Agreement Comment field, located at the top of the CA Home page, has been removed from the page. This is an old field that users do not access. Removing the link simplifies the top of the CA Home page.

CAR Users

  • Quarterly Report improvements
    • Delete capability has been added to the Quarterly Reports function. If you wish to delete a report that has NOT been submitted to the Project Officer (PO), click the green ‘Delete Quarterly Report’ button (located at the top of each report page in the Profile Information section). Once reports have been submitted to the PO, they cannot be deleted.
    • Funding information from previous reports was not displaying in the Funds Expended table correctly. This issue has been resolved and previous funding, including ‘Costs Incurred to Date’ and ‘Total Remaining’, now display.
    • At a request from users, several text box titles have been changed to more meaningful names (example: “Cost Share and Leveraged Options” has been updated to “Cost Share and Leveraging Information”).

EPA Users

  • Regional Status Tab

    Sort capability has been re-added for the report columns “Status Since” and “Owner”.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.030) was released Tuesday, April 28th.

All ACRES Users

  • Cooperative Agreement Home Page – new property map

    A new property map is displayed on the ACRES Cooperative Agreement (CA) Home page that highlights properties associated to the user’s CA. The map allows users to quickly look at all of the properties, identify any errors, and prevent the creation of duplicate properties. The map is located at the top of the ‘Properties Addressed by this Cooperative Agreement’ section. An icon appears for each associated property. Click any icon and the property name and address are displayed with a link to open the property’s home page. Great visual for users – suggested by one of our CAR users!

  • Find PROPERTY/COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT/TBA tab

    The filter option for the ‘Cooperative Agreement State’ field listed the states in order by state abbreviation, however displayed the state name. States, for example, that began with the letter “M” or “N” appeared to be a bit out of order. The listing is now in alpha order by state name.

CAR Users

  • Quarterly Report – new tab displays reports in progress

    A new tab is available on the CAR Home page to provide easy access to quarterly reports in progress. Click the ‘Open Quarterly Reports’ tab (located next to the Open Work Packages tab) to display a list of all quarterly reports that are either in progress or have been returned for clarification. Note the number next to the tab title that indicates the number of reports in the list. The listing provides a direct link to the reports and information for each that includes: CA Recipient Name, CA number, the reporting quarter, the date submitted, the project officer assigned and the report action (edits in progress, returned for clarification).

EPA Users

  • Regional Performance Report

    Two new columns have been added to this report to display the Initial Project Start Date and the Initial Project End Date. These appear next to the Current POP Date column (which displays a date if the grant was extended or the end date otherwise updated).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.020) was released Tuesday, March 31st.

All ACRES Users

  • Property Deletion/Disassociation from a Cooperative Agreement

    In the past, it has been difficult to delete an erroneous property record. It required a call to the ACRES Help Desk and time. A new feature has been added on the Property Profile Form (PPF) which allows CARs to mark a property for deletion or to mark it for disassociation from the Cooperative Agreement. The new feature is located at the top right hand side of the PPF Property Profile section. CARs should click the delete/disassociate box and then choose a reason (mandatory). Users are asked to select from: Duplicate Property, Cancelled (no work completed), Not a Brownfields Property, Associated to Wrong CA, or Other (enter text in box). Like all other ACRES work packages, you must submit this to your Project Officer for approval. Project Officers will notice that a new work package displays on their Home page when a property assigned to one of their CAs has been marked for deletion or disassociation. The work package will have a status of “Property Marked for Deletion or Disassociation” and the status is displayed in red font. The PO should click the “Review Data” link for the property and make sure that the deletion will not negatively affect existing accomplishment counts. If this is a possibility, a warning message is displayed in the message section located just underneath the Profile Information section. If all is well, approve the work package. If there is an issue, a note can be added in the Reviewer Feedback text box and the work package returned to the CAR for clarification.

    This new feature will allow for a faster deletion/disassociation process. It also provides several levels of review to prevent an accomplishment count from being deleted (especially important at the end of the fiscal year when final counts are extremely important and difficult to correct).

  • ACRES Bulletin

    A new 2014 ACRES Bulletin was emailed to users on March 2nd. If you’d like to view other versions of the bulletin, simply click the View Previous Bulletins link at the top of the bulletin. There are some informative and pertinent articles for using ACRES (see Frank’s Tips sections).

  • Area-Wide Planning (AWP) Grants 

    Grant Fact Sheets for the twenty 2015 AWP grant awards are now available for viewing. The grants can be viewed from the Brownfields Grant Fact Sheet Search page (http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/).

CAR Users

  • New Property Add – Address Entry Made Easier

    When entering information for a new property record, ACRES now auto-populates your city and state when you enter the zip code. Note that the zip code field has been moved to precede the city and state fields. This is another time saver for data entry.

  • Notification that PO has Work Package > 30 Days

    In your email notification (the one you’ve opted to receive weekly, monthly, or as it happens), you will now receive notification if your PO has had one of your work packages in their queue for 30 days or more. The PO will also receive notification. This has been added to help prevent a back log of work packages that need attention.

  • Quarterly Performance Report

    Information entered into the Project Progress task table will be copied to subsequent Quarterly Reports to save data entry time. Because this is status information that may reflect completed tasks, this information will be available for updating at the start of the new quarter’s report. Table information should be reviewed and then updated as needed.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.010) was released Wednesday, March 4th.

All ACRES Users

Quarterly Performance Report

  • To ensure that data entry is not lost, when a user enters text into any of the text boxes and moves to a new tab on the report, the text is automatically saved without having to click the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page. 
     
  • Statistical information on the quarterly performance reports is being extracted to track the success of the new report. Available for EPA management, stats tracked include the number of quarterly reports submitted, the number of reports submitted on time, and the number of reports approved. The statistics are tracked by region.

Closed Grants

  • The ACRES database was updated with closeout information from the Integrated Grants Management System (IGMS). Although many project officers do close out their grants in ACRES, there were many grants that should’ve been marked as closed that were displaying as open. This update will eliminate confusion caused by the opened/closed discrepancy.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.01.000) was released Monday, February 9th.

All ACRES Users

  • Leveraged Funding Information
    A date/time stamp is now captured when leveraged funding is modified (added, updated or deleted) on the Property Profile Page.
     
  • Area Wide Planning (AWP) Grants
    A table that isn’t applicable to AWP grants has been removed from the AWP Cooperative Agreement Home page. The table, used to display Anticipated Performance Measures, is for Assessment, Cleanup, RLF and State/Tribal grants only. This simplifies the AWP Home page and removes unneeded information.
     
  • Region 5 “BG” Grants
    Using data extracted from IGMS, approximately a dozen ‘BG’ grants were added to ACRES for Region 5.

EPA Users

  • Regional Performance Report
    This report has been updated to include a column for the Period of Performance (PoP) Date (8th column from the left). This column replaces the Project Period End Date column. The PoP Date is a more meaningful date for tracking a property through the work flow.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.240) was released Wednesday, January 14th.

All ACRES Users

  • Quarterly Progress Reports
    • Quarterly Progress Reporting is available to all users for entering/editing/approving their quarterly reporting requirements for cleanup grants.

      CAR users can access the report from their Cooperative Agreement (CA) Home page. If you are associated to a cleanup grant, a green button will display in the CA Profile Information section. Click the green button, 'Generate Quarterly Report', and the progress report displays. Enter information in all applicable fields (note that report information is organized by tabs) and then submit to your project officer for review/approval using the last tab, Review & Submit.

      Project Officers can access reports that have been submitted for their approval by clicking the ‘Quarterly Reports to Review’ tab located in the middle of their Home page. All submitted reports will be listed under the tab.

      Once a quarterly progress report has been submitted and approved, it is available for view only. Reports from previous quarters are accessible on the CA Home page. Click the ‘View Previous Quarterly Reports’ link and click to select a specific report.

      Reports can be printed at any stage (during CAR initial entry, during project officer (PO) approval process, and after the report is approved/final) using the ‘Print’ button at the bottom of the report.

    • An optional data table that records Task Based Funding is available under the Finance tab on the Quarterly Progress Report. Some regions track financial information to this detail and others do not. The table is collapsed and does not display unless data is added. To access the table and enter data, click the box next to ‘Click here to add optional task-based funding’ which can be found under the Funds Expended table.
  • View Cooperative Agreement Profile Information link removed 

    The 'View Cooperative Agreement Profile Information' link, located on the top of the CA Home page, has been removed. It displayed data fields that were rarely, if ever used. The ability to update the old fields was removed over a year ago when the Project Officer Module was redesigned.

CAR Users

  • Area Wide Planning Grants
    CARs can now enter leveraged funding for Area Wide Planning (AWP) grants. Previously leveraged funding data entry was restricted to Project Officers. To add or update this funding, navigate to the AWP Cooperative Agreement Home page and then scroll to the Area Wide Planning - Leveraged Funding section. Existing funding information is displayed and can be modified by typing new data inside the data field box. To create additional funding, click the ‘Add Leveraged Funding’ link, enter the data and click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

EPA Users

  • Quarterly Progress Report
    Project officers can now edit quarterly progress report information that is sent to them for review, similar to the edit capability provided for property work packages that need reviewing. This supplements the ‘Return for Clarification’ function which notifies the CAR that updating is needed. The edit capability is intended for cases where small, quick changes can help to finalize the report. To access the report, click the ‘Quarterly Reports to Review’ tab on your Home page. Click the ‘Review Report’ link to access a specific report. The report data is listed on a single scrollable page. To edit any of the data fields, click the ‘Edit’ link located at the top right hand corner of any section title bar. This action provides access to all of the report information. Use the tabs at the top of the page to move from section to section. After all changes are completed, click the ‘Save and Go to QA’ button. Then finalize your review and click the ‘Accept’ button.
  • Return for Clarification
    The capability to return a work package to a CAR for clarification has been expanded. Work packages that were submitted to national program review and sent back for clarification previously could not be then returned to the CAR. The PO will see the ‘Return to Submitter for Clarification’ button available for these work packages so they can be sent back to the CAR.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.230) was released Tuesday, December 9th.

All ACRES Users

  • 2014 Grants in ACRES 
    The 2014 Brownfields grants have been added to the ACRES database. Users can now add grant and property information to their new grants. In addition, older grants that met the criteria were closed and supplemental funding has been added to existing grants as appropriated.

Property Search

  • Find Property
    When a Cooperative Agreement Recipient (CAR) clicks the “Find Property” tab, this feature now automatically filters the search results to list only properties in the CAR’s state. Previously the results listed all properties within the region. This update will reduce the amount of time it takes to display the results and also reduce the number of properties listed. The CAR can expand the search to include other states within the user’s region by clicking on additional state names or ALL in the filter. This improvement was requested by one of our ACRES CAR users.
  • View as Map
    A new zoom and pan capability has been added to the property results map so that users are not constrained by their specific search criteria. To try this new feature, click the Find Property tab, reduce the number of properties selected using the filter (e.g. select a CA type of “Assessments” and announcement years of 2010-2012), and click the View as Map tab. Zoom out on the map using your mouse (or drag the zoom bar on the left side of the map) and you’ll notice other ACRES properties are displayed on the map which are located outside the original search area.

Property Profile Form (PPF) – Page 2

Observant users will notice that grant specific sections on the PPF (page 2) contain a new green section title box. Grant specific sections include Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment funding sections. Grant universal sections still have the ACRES blue box. This differentiates the two so that when users update their property information, they can recognize that changing some fields will affect more than just the property they are working on (universal fields).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.220) was released Wednesday, November 12th.

All ACRES Users

  • ACRES Connection Timeout Extended
    The connection timeout for ACRES has been extended to 2 hours. This will allow users who are entering detailed text or financial information more time to complete their data entry without worrying about being logged off. Typically for computer applications, connections are closed (timed out) after 5 minutes of inactivity to ensure that connections do not stay open indefinitely.

  • ACRES Quarterly Bulletin 
    The ACRES Quarterly Bulletin was distributed by email on Thursday, October 30th. It highlights successes in ACRES and provides tips for using the system. If you are not currently on the distribution list and would like to be, please send a request to ACRES_Help@epa.gov.

  • Property Profile Form (PPF) – Geographic Info just got easier
    For users interested in fine tuning the location of a property, the Google map pin on the PPF (Part 1) can now be “dragged and dropped” which will update the property’s latitude and longitude. For cases where the property is large or the actual contamination may be at the back of a property or the actual location is a short distance from the location marked on the map, this new feature will allow the user to move the pin point to the exact site location on the property. To use this feature, click the “Edit Fields” link on the property’s PPF, Part 1 in the Property Geographic Information section. Then click and hold the pin point, drag to the new location and release. The lat/long is automatically updated. 
    Note: the property address is not updated when the pin point is relocated.

  • Automated Quarterly Report 
    This new automated report has been beta tested by several “pioneers” and some improvements will be added before the report is available for all cleanup grant users.
    • Project Progress Task Names 
      This first improvement allows the user to enter their own task names (instead of using prepopulated names that may or may not match the names the region has used in the past). These names will be retained for all of the Cooperative Agreement’s reporting quarters. The names can also be edited should the user decide to change the task title.

    • An informational line has been added to the top of the report to notify users that attachments need to be emailed to the Project Officer. Supporting documents cannot be attached to ACRES at this time

Project Officers

  • Find Cooperative Agreement Tab
    The header on the Find Cooperative Agreement (CA) tab results page now displays the CA number information that was entered in the search filter. This allows the user to quickly view the selection criteria on the results listing.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.210) was released Tuesday, October 14th

All ACRES Users

  • ACRES Automated Quarterly Report
    This new feature has been released to several “pioneers” for testing the capture of quarterly report information for FY2015, Quarter 1. Feedback from the first users will be incorporated into the report over the next several months to ensure the report meets user needs. The first grants to have automated report capability will be cleanup grants only. Other grant types will have automated report capability rolled out during 2015.
    The automated report will be available to all CAR and Project Officer (PO) users for their cleanup Cooperative Agreements (CA) beginning 2nd quarter of 2015.
    • CARS – a new button will be displayed in the Profile Information section of the CA Home page. When the user clicks the button, the new report will allow them to enter information for Project Progress, Funding, Narratives, and Property-Specific
    • POs – a new tab titled “Quarterly Reports to Review” will be displayed on the Project Officer tab bar. The new tab will list any quarterly reports submitted by CARs that are the PO’s responsibility to review. A link is provided to each report which will provide a display of all report fields and an option to either approve the report or return it to the CAR with a request to clarify report information.
    • Once the Quarterly Reports have been approved, they will be available to both the CAR and PO to view/print in PDF format from the CA Home page.

  • Property Profile Form (PPF) Text Fields
    Text area fields are now updating correctly. Previously, if the user wanted to update the Property Highlights or History text boxes for a property associated to multiple CAs, validation sometimes prevented changes from being saved.

CARs

  • A Help icon is available for Leveraged Funding fields. The new icon is available wherever a leveraged funding is found on the Property Profile Form (PPF), Property Home, and Cooperative Agreement Home pages. The help text displayed is:

    The term "leveraged" refers to those non-EPA Brownfields funds that have some link or nexus to the efforts of an EPA cooperative agreement-funded activity. (State/tribal 128a funding, Targeted Brownfields Assessments, Brownfields RLF loans/subgrants, or any other EPA Brownfields grants or resources provided by other project partners are NOT counted as leveraged.)

  • A Help icon now provides an explanation for the acres cleaned up field on the PPF, Part 2. The help text displayed is:

    The number of acres that have been cleaned up is only the acreage for the portion of the property that has been addressed by environmental cleanup activities. A property is considered cleaned up when it is made available for reuse as a result of the environmental cleanup activity.

Project Officers

  • JT Training for POs 
    A refresher on ACRES Job Training was provided to EPA POs on September 25th. The PowerPoint presentation used during the training has been added to the ACRES Information page. To access the presentation, simply click on the link for ACRES 5.0 Training for Job Training Project Officers.

  • Project Officer Module
    The Place of Performance section, which is no longer used, has been removed from all the JT screens including data entry and review/submit & approve screens.





















































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Administrators

  • Cooperative Agreement Funding Update
    The ability to correct initial funding amounts and to add supplemental funding to a CA has been added to the Admin utility tab. This will allow the Admins to quickly correct funding information discrepancies.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.190) was released Tuesday, August 19th

All ACRES Users

A small amount of older supplemental funding was determined to be missing from ACRES this month. It resulted in a discrepancy between the funding reported in ACRES and the funding reported in the IGMS files. ACRES has been updated and the discrepancy resolved.

Project Officers

  • Project Officer Module
    The Project Officer (PO) module, accessed when the “Manage this Cooperative Agreement” button is clicked, has been simplified so its functions are much easier for the PO to both access and use. Functions that were not useful were removed (7 of the 10 functions). Information for the remaining 3 functions displays on a single page with collapsible sections. Links to the sections are available on the left side bar.
    The three PO Module functions are:
    1. Anticipated Performance Measures (not applicable for Job Training grants)
    2. Sustainability Information – this is currently a place marker for a new feature be added in the near future
    3. Closeout – as well as grant status, closing project officer name, and closeout date, this section now contains 2 text areas to record:
      1. Any Quarterly/Other Reports and Forms not Received
      2. Lessons Learned
    The associated Review and Submit page has also been updated. It is shorter and easier to read. The page allows the PO to click a link to return to any section that might need updating before submitting for National Review/Approval.
    The PO module is available to project officers only for the Cooperative Agreements (CAs) for which the PO is the primary contact.

  • My Regional Cooperative Agreements tab
    This tab has been modified to initially display only the cooperative agreements for which the PO is the primary contact and/or data reviewer. A new link is available at the bottom of the page that allows the user to see all associated CAs to which the PO is associated but not the primary contact/data reviewer. Click the link to display the associated CAs, and then click the Hide link to remove them from view.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.150) was released Tuesday, April 29th.

All ACRES Users

  • Grant Fact Sheet Search
    In 2010, the EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project provided funding for 23 communities to develop area-wide plans and specific implementation strategies for integrating the cleanup and reuse of Brownfields sites into neighborhood revitalization efforts. This information was not originally available for the Grant Fact Sheet Search (GFS). It has been extracted from individual links on the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program screen and can now be viewed from the GFS. To view this information, from the GFS (http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/index.cfm), use the filters to select a grant type of ‘Area-Wide Planning’ and a grant announcement year of ‘2010’.

Project Officers

  • Project Officer Home Page
    A new column has been added to the “Regional Accomplishments for FY 14” table located at the top of the Home page. It lists counts/dollars for Pending Accomplishments for ALL Fiscal Years. Prior to this release, there was a column that listed pending accomplishment counts for the current fiscal year only. Because of the way the FCA procedure works, some properties will have FY11, FY12 or FY13 listed as the draft FCA fiscal year. These accomplishments were not included in the pending accomplishment count which made it difficult to get a full picture of what is pending. The addition of the new column provides a more accurate view of the number of pending accomplishments that are not yet approved.
    More detailed information on work packages with pending accomplishments can be found on the Regional Status tab.

  • ACRES Project Officer Training Slides
    A new training presentation, similar to those for new ACRES users and experienced ACRES users, has been added to the EPA's ACRES Information page under “Training & Tutorials”. A Quick Reference Guide (PDF) is planned for the near future with more detailed information including answers to typical questions posed to the Help Desk and tips on how to avoid common mistakes made by project officers.

Administrators

  • Cooperative Agreement Update
    Selected Administrators now have the ability to quickly update the POP end dates (because they are sometimes extended for grants) and funding amounts (which also sometimes change).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.130) was released Tuesday, March 4th.

All ACRES Users

  • Job Training (JT) Home Page
    The JT total funded amount is now displayed in the profile information section of the JT Home page.

  • Program Accomplishment Report (PAR)
    This report has been improved to execute faster. Users will notice 2 new buttons at the bottom of the PAR page – one to generate the report as an Excel spreadsheet and a second to generate the report as a tree. For users who want to only print a spreadsheet, this saves considerable time. Previously you had to wait until the tree report was completed before the Export to Excel feature was available. The report is slated for some needed format improvements in the near future.

    Note that if you wish to sort the spreadsheet, you need to highlight the data rows only (exclude the column title row at the top of the page and the totals line at the bottom of the report) and then use the Excel sort/extract features. To highlight the data rows, holding down the <Shift> key, click on the first data field in the spreadsheet (column A, row 7), scroll to the bottom of the spreadsheet and click the last data field (column I, row number will vary) and all data rows will be highlighted.

  • ACRES Quarterly Bulletin
    The February 2014 ACRES Bulletin was distributed by email on Thursday, February 6th. It highlights successes in ACRES and provides tips for using the system. If you are not currently on the distribution list and would like to be, please send a request to ACRES_Help@epa.gov.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.120) was released Tuesday, February 4th.

All ACRES Users

  • Add/Associate a New Property
    CAR users who are adding a property to one of their associated CAs will notice that the CA number field is now auto-populated on the Find Property/Add a New Property page. This simplifies the association process.

  • RLF Program Income Funding
    If a loan has been made for any property under a given RLF grant, then the program income funding options appear for ALL properties associated with that CA. Previously, these options became available only after ‘RLF Grant Funds Loaned’ was added to a property. This improvement is a request out of Region 1.

  • Latitude/Longitude Updates Complete
    The last region that needed to provide lat/long updates has completed the task and the 2 year lat/long correction effort is finally complete.

Project Officers

  • Regional Performance Report on Cooperative Agreements
    A new report column has been added to display Total Grant Amount. Previously there were 2 columns to display award amounts, one for Hazardous and the other for Petroleum funding types. These funding types are not applicable to grants that are Section 128(a) State/Tribal, Job Training or Area Wide Planning (previously their funding was displayed in the Hazardous column and can now be found in the new total column).

    Grant amounts for the ARC grants continue to display in the Hazardous and Petroleum award columns, and a summary in the new Total Grant Amount field.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.110) was released Tuesday, January 14th.

All ACRES Users

  • The 2013 grants have been added to the ACRES database and are ready for updating!
  • On the Property Home page, the number of Cleanup Jobs Leveraged now displays in the Cleanup Activities section of the page, directly under the Total ACRES Cleaned Up field.

Project Officers

The Regional Performance Report on Cooperative Agreements has a new Project Officer filter that allows users to display data assigned to a specific project officer (the default is for ‘all’ officers). Also, for users that have responsibility for multiple regions, the report tabs that have a small number of CAs such as the TBA, Area Wide Planning and Multi-Purpose tabs, will display all CAs for the grant type instead of only one region at a time. These tabs typically have less than a dozen CAs to display.

Administrators and Project Officers

An improvement has been added to the Change Owners function so that the ownership of a work package can be changed from one CAR to another without the loss of any data including regional reviewer comments. Previously, reviewer comments were lost when the ownership changed and a package was in “Requires Clarification – Regional Review” status. This change was made in response to help desk emails from Region 7 staff.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.100) was released Tuesday, December 17th.

All ACRES Users

On the Property Profile Form – Page 2, the "Recalculate" buttons have been removed from the Acres Cleaned Up, the Number of Cleanup Jobs Leveraged, and the Number of Redevelopment Jobs Leveraged fields. The buttons were used for a past function that is now obsolete.

Project Officers

The Regional Status tab results page now features an Export to Excel function. Project Officers can create a spreadsheet and then use Excel tools to sort, extract and print regional data in any format they choose. This feature has been added to ACRES at the request of several users who said it would be helpful to see all outstanding work packages in the region on one spreadsheet.

An update was completed to the Regional Performance Report on Cooperative Agreements to ensure that all CAs with an assigned project officer have the officer’s name displayed on the report.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.090) was released Tuesday, November 12th.

All ACRES Users

The November 2013 ACRES Bulletin was distributed by email on Friday, November 1st. If you are not currently on the distribution list and would like to be, please send a request to acres_help@epa.gov.

Project Officers

The Regional Performance Report on Cooperative Agreements has several new helpful features:

  • The report has a new tab that displays data for TBAs. It includes the accomplishment year and project end date.
  • To make it easier to view the CAs assigned to specific project officers, the project officer column has been moved to the front of the report. The column is sortable so all CAs assigned to an officer can be viewed/printed together.
  • Two new fields have been added to the report – number of jobs leveraged and number of dollars leveraged. These are displayed on the right side of the report, next to cleanup jobs leveraged.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.080) was released Tuesday, September 17th.

CARS and EPA Users

  • RLF Grants – New Funding Source Options
    In the last release, two new funding source options were made available:
     
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Program Income Loaned
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Program Income Subgranted

    Program income is the amount of money received by the recipient, either directly generated by the RLF award, or earned during the period of the award (between the effective date of award and ending date of the cooperative agreement). RLF recipients must use program income according to the terms and conditions set forth in their cooperative agreement.

    More details have been added to ACRES for these options.
    • A date field (optional) is now available
    • The "Name of Entity Providing Funds" field is automatically set to the CAR organization
    • A help icon is available to explain what qualifies as Program Income
    • Program income options appear only if a "USEPA – Brownfields RLF Grant Funds Loaned" has already been added for the property
    • A separate summary line for Program Income is now displayed on the Property Profile Form, the Review & Submit screens for reviewers, the Property Home page and the Cooperative Agreement page.

  • Latitude/Longitude Corrections
    Thanks to the regional staff who researched property lat/long information, approximately 2000 ACRES properties have been updated with improved lat/long data. The staff’s hard work helped eliminate the data entry errors created when lat/long values were hand calculated or obtained from other sources. ACRES now uses Googlemaps to autogenerate the lat/long values, based on the property address. This method is very accurate. ACRES users can also easily update the lat/long on the Property Profile Form screen if needed.

  • Zip Code Corrections
    Approximately 230 properties have zip code corrections, most due to a missing leading zero. The updated properties were almost all in the Northeast where the zip codes start with zero.

    Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.070) was released Tuesday, August 20th.

CARS and EPA Users

  • CAR Navigation
    When a CAR navigates to a specific Cooperative Agreement (CA) and submits a work package for review, ACRES will now return to the CA Home page (ACRES used to return to the CAR Home page). This improvement will save the CAR time when they want to create/submit more work packages for that same CA, which is often the case. This improvement also reduces the potential for entering data under the wrong grant.

  • PPF – Page 2: Indicate Whether Cleanup is Necessary?
    If "Unknown" is selected for this important field, the user must also select a reason for unknown. The wording for two of the reasons has been modified for clarity:

    • Old reason: No end use known
      New reason: End use not yet determined

    • Old reason: Property is not marketable
      New reason: Property marketability is not established at this time

  • Job Training Performance Measures
    Three new Job Training fields were added during the last release, including "Number Participants Entering Training". A data validation ensured that there were at least as many participants entering training as completing it. A change was made to ignore this validation process for quarters prior to the 4th quarter 2013 (before data for the new field were recorded).

  • RLF Grants – New Funding Source Options
    For RLF grants, the first two options in the cleanup funding source dropdown list were:

    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Loan
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Subgrant

  • These first two options have been re-named and two new options for program income are now available:

    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Grant Funds Loaned
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Grant Funds Subgranted
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Program Income Loaned
    • USEPA – Brownfields RLF Program Income Subgranted

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


July 23, 2013 - ACRES v. 5.00.060

A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.060) was released Tuesday, July 23rd.

CARS and EPA Users

  • PPF – Page 2: Contaminants & Media Affected Information
    The option to select Arsenic has been moved from the "Other Contaminants" list to the "Other Metals" list. In addition, periodic symbols have been added for the two newest "other metals" – Arsenic (As) and Mercury (Hg).

EPA/National Users

  • QA – Property Information Page
    In the review data function, the redevelopment costs have been reformatted to display as nicely as the cleanup cost section. You will notice that the funding information is displayed in wider rows, spaced out for clarity, and the rows alternate in color (blue/white). This should make it much easier to read redevelopment funding information.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


June 25, 2013 - ACRES v. 5.00.050

A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.050) was released Tuesday, June 25th.

This version contains release of the 2013 Job Training Grant Fact Sheets and also changes to the Job Training form (JT).

  1. 2013 Job Training Grant Fact Sheets
    The 2013 Job Training Grant Fact Sheets (GFS), a total of 16, were released on June 13th. Several formatting enhancements have been made to the PDF version of the JT document for easier viewing.

  2. Job Training Form - Job Measurements Section
    As with the Property Profile Form in the last release (5.00.040), the JT’s associated paper form is evaluated every three years for new data fields needed and modifications to improve the work flow. The changes listed below are the result of your feedback, needs identified by the ACRES Team, and the approval process.

    • Three new measurement fields have been added:

      1. Number of Participants Entering Training

      2. Number of Veterans Entering Training

      3. Number of Individuals that did not Obtain Employment but are Pursuing Education (e.g., GED, college courses, etc.)

    • Verification has been added to ensure that the total number of participants completing training is not greater than the number of participants entering training. Also, average hourly pay is required for reporting quarters that have participants obtaining jobs.

    • Help text has been added for several of the measurement fields, including the Weighted Average Hourly Wage. You’ll also notice the layout has been updated and is easier to read.

All Users

  • ACRES Comment Fields
    The size of the font for ACRES comment fields has been made uniform for all fields. Previously the font for a couple of comments (e.g. the Regional Reviewer’s comment box for returning a work package for clarification) was tiny and difficult to read.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


May 29, 2013 – ACRES v. 5.00.040

A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.040) was released Wednesday, May 29th.

This version contains changes to the Property Profile Form (PPF). The PPF and its associated paper form are evaluated every three years for new data fields needed and modifications to improve the work flow. The PPF undergoes a rigorous evaluation and approval process. The changes listed below are the result of your feedback, needs identified by the ACRES Team, and the approval process.

  1. Indicate Whether Cleanup is Necessary – new Reason field if cleanup unknown
    This important field has three options (one must be selected): Yes, No, Unknown. If you select "Unknown", ACRES will prompt you to select a reason from a list of possibilities. If your reason isn’t on the list, simply select "Other" and you can enter your reason in the text entry box provided.






















































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  54. Contaminants & Media Affected Information – more selection options available

    • Two new contaminant classes have been added to the list of options for Contaminants: Pesticides and SVOCs.

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      • Hazardous building materials include materials that were once intentionally used to construct, renovate, or maintain a building that are now known to be hazardous or contain hazardous substances. Common examples include asbestos, PCBs, mercury, and lead paint.

    • "Other" Metals and Contaminants now have selection options available:

      • For Contaminants, click the box for "select a contaminant". A text box is displayed where you can type in any other contaminant you wish to enter.

      • For Metals, click the box for "select a metal" and a list of metal options displays. You may select as many as apply from the following : Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Cobalt (Co), Copper (Cu), Mercury, Nickel (Ni), Selenium (Se), Zinc (Zn), Iron (Fe). If there are other metals not on this list, type the information in the text box provided.






















































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  107. Cleanup and Redevelopment Funding – New Field Available
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  160. Environmental Cleanup Information

    • Cleanup Completion Documentation Type – New Field
      When a cleanup is completed and the associated date is entered on the PPF, the user is now prompted to select the cleanup completion documentation type(s). The two options appear at the top of the Cleanup Information section next to the completion date At least one must be selected. The options are:

      • No Further Action Letter

      • Environmental Professional Certified

    • New Cleanup Funding Type - Cost Share
      A new cleanup funding type, Cost Share, is available on the Cleanup "Add Funding" and "Update Funding" screens. It is available ONLY for Cleanup and RLF cooperative agreements. This is not a leveraged fund so totals for this cost share are displayed on a separate line on the PPF and QA review pages.

    • Subgrant Issuance Date – New Field
      The "Add Funding" and "Update Funding" screens, for RLF cooperative agreements ONLY, have been updated to include a new field Subgrant Issuance Date (this is similar to the RLF loan issuance date). It has been added so that the subgrant can be entered into ACRES during the time period before an actual draw is made under the subgrant (since dollars are entered for draws, not loan/subgrant amounts).

    • Redevelopment & Other Leveraged Accomplishments – Simplified
      This section has been simplified a bit. The "Future Use and Estimated Acreage" and "Actual Greenspace Acreage and Type" fields have been merged into one table "Future Use, Planned, and Actual Acreage". The old information for Actual Greenspace acreage data has been merged into the new table and any text previously entered has been moved to the Property Highlights text box. Note that there were very few properties that had "actual" data to be merged

      The column for multi-story building data now has an area to allow total building square footage to be captured.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


April 5, 2013 – ACRES v. 5.00.020

A new release of ACRES (v. 5.00.020) was released Friday, April 5th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

All Users

  • Cancelled Grants
    The display of a Cooperative Agreement’s (CA) status on ACRES pages has been updated and now includes a new icon for CAs that have been cancelled. The "open" icon was also changed to make the status more intuitive. Here are the icons now used to denote CA status:
    Closed: Closed Open: Open Cancelled: Cancelled

    "Cancelled Grants" has also been added as a filter option on the "Find Property/Cooperative Agreement" tab. The new option can be found in the Cooperative Agreement Status filter section (added to options: Open, Closed and All).

EPA Reviewers

  • Email Preferences
    A new email preference option has been added for EPA reviewers to help identify work packages returned to the grantees for clarification and which still remain in this status. The option allows the reviewer to select the number of days for filtering the workpackages to be displayed:
    CheckboxIf a work package I returned for clarification has been in the same status for more than nn days

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


April 5, 2013 – ACRES v. 5.00.010

A new version of ACRES (v. 5.00.010) was released Friday, April 5th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

All Users

  • WAM Replaces CDX for ACRES Log In
    A new authentication tool, Web Access Management (WAM), has been installed. WAM provides several important benefits to ACRES users:
    • Users now directly access the ACRES Log In page – there is no longer an intermediary CDX log in page.
    • Registration of new ACRES users, especially EPA users, will be much faster.
    • Response for problem resolution will be faster. There is now only one Help Desk to contact for issues.
    • Accounts for users with multiple accounts have been consolidated into a single account.
  • Quick Reference Guides (QRG) and Training Videos
    • Updated! All QRGs and videos have been updated on the ACRES Information Page (http://www.epa.gov/acres/index.htm) to reflect the new log in information and all changes to ACRES since October 2011.

CARs

  • My Cooperative Agreements Tab
    The listing of CAs is now displayed in order by award date so that the most recent CAs will appear at the top of the list. The order used to be random. This will make it easier to access the records used most frequently.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


February 5, 2013 – ACRES v. 4.01.120

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.120) was released Tuesday, February 5th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

All Users

  • ACRES Quarterly Bulletin
    The January 2013 ACRES Bulletin was distributed on Tuesday, January 15th. Prior issues are available using the "View Previous Bulletins" link. If you are not on the distribution list and would like to be added, please contact the ACRES Help Desk (see contact information below).

  • Property Home
    A correction was made to the Property Home page. Under uncommon circumstances, the Total Funding field for Assessment Activities or Cleanup Activities was shown as doubled. This was a data display error for this page only and did not affect the actual funding totals.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


January 8, 2013 – ACRES v. 4.01.110

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.110) was released Tuesday, January 8th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

All Users

  • ACRES Bulletin Archive Now Available
    On all new ACRES Bulletins, a link is available at the top of the page which allows you to access previous bulletins.  Click the “View Previous Bulletins” tab for the ability to review prior success stories, features and Frank’s Tips.
     
  • Latitude/Longitude Corrections
    Earlier in 2012, ACRES property records were scanned to identify potential lat/long errors.  Over 4,000 properties were identified with problems, and 2,900 of these were reviewed by EPA interns and ACRES Team staff to verify recommended corrections.  Of those reviewed, 70% were determined to be correct.  These corrections were applied to the property database in December.  The remaining 30% will undergo further investigation.

CAR and EPA Users

  • Review and Submit
    At the top of the Review & Submit page, a new message reminds you that there is a second Submit button to click before the property or grant submit process is complete.

    The submitting property/grant process for review is multi-step.  The first time you click a Submit button, ACRES displays the property/grant information, highlighting all data that was updated.  This gives you a chance to double-check that all new data and updates have been included.  Once verified, the second click actually submits the property for review.

    The button names have been improved to make the multi-step a little more obvious. The first "Review & Submit” button has been changed to “Go to Review & Submit”.  The second button is “Submit Data Now” for properties, and “Proceed to Submit" for JT and grants (the latter two have an additional page to collect signature information).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback. 


December 7, 2012 – ACRES v. 4.01.100

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.100) was released Friday, December 7th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

CAR Users

  • My Email Preferences Link 
    Two options on a CAR user’s email preferences have been disabled so that the user will automatically receive an email message alerting them that specific work packages need their attention. The options are: 
     
    • If a work package I am editing has been in the same status for more than 30 days
    • If a work package I submitted has been returned for clarification

    All other options remain available for selection but are regrouped under a new header, “You may elect to receive an email when the following occurs:”.

Project Officers

  • Regional Performance Report on Cooperative Agreements
    Two new features have been added to this report.  Regional users now have the option to view Open, Closed or All Cooperative Agreements (CAs) on the report.  Previously only Open CAs were displayed.  In addition, pagination options have been added at the bottom of the page so that on long reports, users won’t have to scroll through a long list of CAs.
     
  • Job Training Home Page - New Manage CA Button
    Project officers will notice a new button on the JT Home page for accessing CA Management functions (e.g. managing contacts, funding, and closeout).  The button makes it easier to find the management tool.  Previously, the user accessed a link titled:  Cooperative Agreement Profile Information (View | Enter Data).  The link for viewing the information (available to all project officers) has been renamed to View Cooperative Agreement Profile Information.
     
  • Place of Performance for Job Training Awards
    A new link has been added to the “Manage this Cooperative Agreement” function.  Titled “Place of Performance”, it will store geodata and address information related to the place(s) of performance for JT awards, so that all Brownfields program awards are in compliance with GPI 12-02.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


November 9, 2012 – ACRES v. 4.01.090

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.090) was released Friday, November 9th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

All Users

  • Contact Us link 
    This page has been updated with new contact information.  It includes a link to the ACRES home page which provides access to useful help resources including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Quick Reference Guides (QRGs), and training videos.

  • Feedback
    A new link at the top of every ACRES page provides users with a quick means of sending a request to the ACRES Help Desk.  The feedback feature automatically creates a help ticket and then returns an email notifying the user that the request information was received.  To use the feature, click Feedback, select the type of problem (suggestion, issue, policy question), enter a description, and click the Submit button.

CARs

  • Property Profile Form (PPF)
    A message has been added to the Cleanup Funding section.  When the funding is added or updated, a message is displayed on the page to remind users that Cost Share funding is not to be included in leveraged funding.  Later this year, when the PPF Upgrades are implemented, there will be a new Funding Source to capture Cost Share amounts (amount will not be included in leveraged funding).

Project Officers

  • Utility Menu - new Regional Performance Report on Open Cooperative Agreements
    A new report is available to display the regional performance of open cooperative agreements (CAs).  This report provides basic cooperative agreement information (state, recipient, CA number, dates, etc.), grant amounts both awarded and paid to date, and the numbers of assessment, cleanups, and redevelopments.  It has a link to the home page for each Cooperative Agreement so the user can access more detailed CA and/or property information.  It also displays two amounts paid - one extracted from Compass (formerly the Federal Data Warehouse) and the other from ACRES.  If a project officer has access to more than one region, the officer is prompted to select the region they would like to see reported.  Note that all columns are sortable so the user can display the report in any order needed.  If you’d like to sort on multiple columns at the same time, click to select the first column, and then holding the <Shift>  key down, click additional columns.  The report is also exportable to Excel (the user can format in Excel as needed and print the report).

    Currently the report lists only open CAs but the option to display closed CAs has been identified as a future upgrade.

  • Home Page - Regional Status Tab
    The Regional Status page displays “Status Since” fields in red if the work packages have remained in the same status for more than 90 days.  An explanation for the red text now appears above the data table (previously available through use of a help icon).  The Status Since column can be sorted by date to help the user manage work package data.

  • Cooperative Agreement Home Page - New Manage CA Button
    Project officers will notice a new button on the CA Home page for accessing CA Management functions (e.g. managing contacts, funding, anticipated performance, and closeout).  The button makes it easier to find the management tool.  Previously, the user accessed a link titled:  Cooperative Agreement Profile Information (View | Enter Data).  The link for viewing the information (available to all project officers) has been renamed to View Cooperative Agreement Profile Information.

ADMIN

  • Home Page 
    Two updates have been made to the Administrators’ tools.
    1. Change Status Page
      The Cooperative Agreement number and Recipient Name are now listed in individual columns.  The CA data can be sorted by either column.
    2. Change Owner Page 
      Similar to the Change Status Page, the Cooperative Agreement number and Recipient Name are now listed in individual columns and the data is sortable by either.
  • Data Quality Measures (DQM) - Help  Desk Numbers
    A new tab has been added to the Data Quality Measures that will display a bar chart of Help Desk Activities.  The graphic page highlights Help Desk activity during the past 3 months, and shows “Issues by User Type” as well as “Issues by Component”.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.


October 5, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.080

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.080) was released Friday, October 5th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

CA Home Page

Help icons with explanatory text have been added for the “Actual Amount” and “Cooperative Agreement Summary” fields in the Cooperative Agreement Anticipated Performance  section.  These were added to assist users in providing correct information for these fields. 

The help icons are also available on the Anticipated Performance data input screen (Project Officer Module).

Project Officer Home Page - Regional Status Tab

Two improvements have been made to the Regional Status page:

  1. The Regional Status page now displays the name of the Project Officer associated with each work package.  This is especially useful for work packages that have an “Edits in Progress” status.
  2. Work packages that have remained in the same status for more than 90 days  now have the “Status Since” fields displayed in red.  This is a gentle reminder that the work packages need attention.

Area-Wide Planning CAs

Because Area-Wide Planning (AWP) CAs are unique, several changes have been made to the AWP Home page. 

  1. A new section has been added to display leveraged funding information.  The leveraged funding is entered via the PO Module - Funding page (available to POs only).  This new section will appear only for AWP CAs.
  2. Several sections which are not applicable to AWPs do not display on the Home page.  These include CA Accomplishments, Assessment/Cleanup/Redevelopment Activities, and Institutional and Engineering Controls.

ADMIN Home Page

Two updates have been implemented to save Administrators time.

  1. Change Status Page

    The Property ID now displays on the Change Status page.  CARs and EPA Project Officers often forget to include this important data when requesting a status change.  As a result, Admins had to spend time manually searching for the associated ID.
  2. Change Owner Page

    Similar to the Change Status Page, the Property ID now displays on the Change Owner Page, saving the Admins time and frustration.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES.  Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback. 

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September 7, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.070

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.070) was released Friday, September 7th.  Below is a summary of the change that has been made to the system.

Property Data Update

The property field “Cleanup Required” (PPF, Page 2) contains an important status which is tracked by the ACRES team. Since October 2011, ACRES has been automatically setting the cleanup required field to Yes when a property is associated with a Cleanup CA, associated with a RLF CA, or when the property has a date set for either the Cleanup Activity Start or Completion Dates.

A new utility was created and executed to update the “Cleanup Required” field for open properties added/updated before October 2011. A total of 349 properties had the field set to Yes because they meet the “required” criteria that is currently in place for properties.

Bonus: the warning message indicating ‘this important field is empty’ will no longer appear for updated properties.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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August 6, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.060

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.060) was released Monday, August 6th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Association to New Grant Types

CAR users can now associate Multi-Purpose and Area-Wide Purpose grants to their accounts. This is accomplished by accessing the My Cooperative Agreement tab on the Home page, opting to “Add a Cooperative Agreement to My List”, and entering the appropriate cooperative agreement number and state.

Multi-Purpose Cooperative Agreement

The option to filter by Multi-Purpose type has been added to the Search Property/CA function. The option for Area-Wide Purpose grants was already available.

PPF Updates

An improvement was made to the Cleanup Funding page. The delete button for Cleanup Funding entries can be easily seen now. Previously the scroll bar had to be used to view the button because it was positioned beyond the right side of the page.

For an RLF property, improvements have been made to the RLF Loan Date field on the Funding page. The calendar selection feature now works correctly and the date can be added/modified whenever loan funding is updated.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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June 13, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.050

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.050) was released Wednesday, June 13th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

FY 2012 Grant Fact Sheets

The 2012 Grant Fact Sheets were uploaded on Thursday, May 24th. The EPA awarded $69.3 million in new Brownfields grants for assessment, clean up and redevelopment activities for use by 245 grantees. In addition, $3.8 has been awarded for Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants which will help nine recipients to revitalize their communities.

Several new features have been added for this year’s release:

  1. Added New Grant Type, Multi-Purpose 

    Multi-Purpose grant types have been introduced for the 2012 grant year. Nine have been added as part of the pilot program. Note that there are 4 new funding fields for this grant type only. These funding fields replace the Hazardous and Petroleum funding fields used for other grant types:
    1. Multi-purpose Assessment Hazardous Funding
    2. Multi-purpose Assessment Petroleum Funding
    3. Multi-purpose Cleanup Hazardous Funding
    4. Multi-purpose Cleanup Petroleum Funding

    The new funding fields can be added to the Grant Fact Sheet Search display by hovering the cursor over any of the title bar names (Grant Recipient Name, EPA Region, Grant Type, etc), clicking the drop down arrow that appears, hovering the cursor over Columns, and then checking the boxes for the 4 new fields.
     
  2. New ARRA Filter Available

    A filter has been added that allows you the option to select Non-ARRA only grants or ARRA only grants. The new filter is located at the bottom of the filter list on the left side of the Grant Fact Sheet Search page. The default is to display all grants.
     
  3. PDF Version of Fact Sheet Reformatted

    The PDF version of the fact sheet now has Contact information displaying on the left side of the page. This consolidates the data so it is easier to read.
     
  4. New Grant Types Added to Search Filter

    The filter by Grant Type (located on left side of the Grant Fact Sheet Search page) has 2 new options: Area-Wide Planning and Multi-Purpose.
     

ADMIN Home Page

Two new utilities have been added to the Admin’s list of tools:

  1. Copy CA Associations

    The Admin can now copy user grant associations from one user to another. This is a time saving tool for situations where a new CAR needs to add many grants to their account. The utility allows the Admin to select the “copy from” and “copy to” users, displays identification information for verification, and then displays the CAs that are copied to the new user.
     
  2. User Merge and Purge

    Project Officers have requested that duplicate CAR accounts be consolidated. ACRES Admins can now easily consolidate users and remove duplicates. Once the merge and purge process is completed, all work package information from the duplicate is reassigned to the remaining CAR user, and the duplicate account user no longer has access to ACRES.
     

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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May 11, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.040

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.040) was released Friday, May 11th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Program Accomplishment Report (PAR)

The PAR report that had been retired from ACRES has been restored for use. For users who previously had access, the report is again available from the Reports tab on your Home page. An enhancement on the Excel export ensures that acres Ready for Reuse now include only rows for properties that were made ready for reuse during the FY(s) selected for the report.

CA Home Page

  1. Cooperative Agreement Anticipated Performance 

    In-line help text is available for the “Part of a Larger Redevelopment” field that appears on both the CA Home page (in the Anticipated Performance section) and on the Anticipated Performance Measures data entry page. Click the help icon and the following text is displayed:
    For this Cooperative Agreement, the activity is funded for an individual property that is being assessed, cleaned up and/or redeveloped for a self-contained future use (i.e. an industrial property cleaned up and turned into a park); or this property is part of a multi-property, larger scale redevelopment effort (i.e. a series of small parcels addressed, combined and then bundled for a shopping mall).

     
  2. Cooperative Agreement Profile Information 

    A new left navigation link is available to access the Data Documentation page.

ACRES Quarterly Bulletin

The ACRES Second Quarter Bulletin was distributed on Friday, April 27th. If you are not on the distribution list and would like to be added, please contact the ACRES Help Desk (see contact information below).

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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April 13, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.030

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.030) was released Friday, April 13th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Program Accomplishment Report (PAR)

The PAR report feature has been retired from ACRES. Accomplishment reporting functionality for Brownfields data is provided by the OSWER Performance Assessment Tool (PAT).

CA Home Page
  1. Cooperative Agreement Anticipated Performance

    As part of an ongoing effort to provide valuable new management tools, a section titled "Cooperative Agreement Anticipated Performance" has been added to the CA Home page for Project Officers (POs). The section will allow the POs to assess the ability to predict accomplishments for awards and to report on deviation from expected outcomes. It lists the CA's number of expected and actual:
    • assessments (for assessment grants)
    • cleanups
    • cleanup dollars
    • redevelopment dollars
    • cleanup jobs leveraged
    • redevelopment jobs leveraged

    Note that the "actual" numbers are extracted from the ACRES database. 

    The anticipated data displayed in this section is entered using a new Cooperative Agreement Profile Information data entry screen. From the CA Home page, click the Cooperative Agreement Profile Information > Enter Data link, and then click the Anticipated Performance Measures link on the left navigation bar. This new data page collects anticipated amounts, dates anticipated, inventory start/completion dates (if applicable) and text for both a CA Summary and Lessons Learned.
  2. Cooperative Agreement Profile Information 

    The Cooperative Agreement Profile Information data entry screens allow POs to record information on the recipient award information, budget and financial information, closeout information and to submit a CA for review and approval. POs who have used this module before will notice that it has some welcome updates. There is a new navigation bar that makes it easy to move from page to page, basic CA information is now displayed at the top of every page, and title bars have been added to each page to more easily identify the function of the page.
  3. Reason for Closeout

    A new field has been added to the Cooperative Agreement Profile Information Closeout page to record the Reason for Closeout. There are 3 options available: Completed (project met its goals), Incomplete (POP is over/or funding all spent but goals not met), and Cancelled. If the user selects Cancelled, a popup appears to collect the reason for cancellation (the final option is "other" which can be used to enter text to explain the cancellation).
Property Home Page

For Data Coordinators (DCs) only, there is a new button on the Property Home page for flagging errors. When the flag is activated, a popup is displayed to enter text. The DC enters text to describe the error and clicks a button to email the information to all POs associated with the property.

The email text is displayed in a new section at the top of the DC's Property Home page. The flag remains set and the text displays until the DC opts to clear the flag (the clear flag button displays with the email text). Once the flag is cleared, all references to the error are removed from the Property Home page.

Profile Property Form

The "Indicate Whether Cleanup is Required" field now displays in a yellow box to visually separate the information from the assessment data. If the cleanup is required, an explanatory message is displayed and the Yes/No/Unknown options are disabled.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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March 9, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.020

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.020) was released Friday, March 9th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Profile Property Form

Several enhancements have been completed:

  1. The "Indicate Whether Cleanup is Required" field is an important one to the Brownsfields program. The field will automatically be set to “Yes” if any of the following conditions is true:
    • The property is associated with a Cleanup CA
    • The property is associated with a RLF CA
    • The property has a date set for either the Cleanup Activity Start or Completion Dates
  • The field is set to "Unknown" only if:
    • The property is NOT associated with a Cleanup or RLF CA, AND  the Cleanup Activity Start and Completion Dates are both blank
  • The field is set to "No" only if:
    • The field was set to "No" by a user AND the property is NOT associated with a Cleanup or RLF CA, AND the Cleanup Activity Start and Completion Dates are both blank
  1. For TBA work packages (this affects Regional Reviewers only), new validation ensures that assessment information already exists before cleanup activity information is added. If an attempt is made to add cleanup information first, an error message is displayed and the cleanup data is not saved.
  2. In the Redevelopment & Other Leveraged Accomplishments section, a correction was made for a date display issue.  This affects Regional Reviewers only.  Previously, for a specific condition, the Date of Form was erroneously displaying in the Redevelopment Start and Completion date fields.

GMS Import Utility

The IGMS Import Utility was developed to import new CA data into ACRES automatically so data managers can reduce time spent importing the data each time it is delivered.  In this release, the utility was updated to automatically update the CA closeout date field, if applicable, as part of the IGMS data import process.  When CAs have a closeout date in IGMS, the new CA in ACRES will display a status of “Closed”.  This automatic update benefits regional reviewers as they will no longer have to manually close CAs via the ACRES interface.

Data Quality Metrics

Data Quality Metrics are a series of reports available to EPA management to help track the success of ACRES.  In this release, a new monthly report is available to Project Officers (POs) for use in monitoring Grantee Reporting Activity.  The report provides the POs with the ability to select information by month and by region (or nationally), and to download the report so it can be printed/distributed to each applicable region if desired.  The report includes baseline numbers, previous month counts, current month counts, trend, national goal and the progress being made towards meeting the goal. Measures which are not meeting established goals are displayed in red. 

The new report is available on the ACRES Utility menu.

Latitude/Longitude Data Cleanup Utility

A data cleanup utility has been run to correct latitude/longitude data that was obviously wrong, including longitudes that were entered without a negative (resulting in a property location in China), properties that were entered without lat/long data, and properties where lat/long data values were reversed.  Properties missing lat/long were updated with values calculated using the property address. 

The first run of the utility corrected older data. In the future, the utility will be run monthly against new data entering ACRES to maintain accurate geographic data.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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February 10, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.01.010

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.01.010) was released Friday, February 10th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

ACRES Quarterly Bulletin

The first ACRES Quarterly Bulletin was emailed to users on January 31st. The bulletin features timely information on updates to ACRES, includes tips and general reminders on how to better use the system as a management tool (see Frank’s Tips) and showcases several ACRES success stories. The bulletin also provides links to ACRES training information including training videos and a schedule of on-line classes.

New Grant Type Added for Area-Wide Planning

A new grant type, Area-wide Planning, was added to ACRES and can be found as a selection option in the search filters (Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA tab, Grant Fact Sheets). It is also available for Administrators when creating new cooperative agreements and properties can now be associated to the new Area-wide Planning Cooperative Agreements.

Property Profile Form (PPF)

A minor enhancement has been made to the Environmental Cleanup Information section. The Acres Cleaned Up field can now be set to zero. Previously, the field could not be changed from a numeric value to zero.

Data Quality Metrics

The metrics are reports available to EPA management to help track the success of ACRES. They were updated to include information for Job Training work packages. The report now lists, by region, the average number of work packages per Job Training Grant and the number of Job Training Grant work packages that have been in a status of “edits in progress” for more than 30 days.

ACRES Utility Applications

Authentication (a new log in window) has been added to the ACRES Utility Applications to provide secure access for authorized users.

ACRES Grant Database Updated

This month, the ACRES database was updated with the latest grants information from Brownfields. This function is completed quarterly.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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January 20, 2012 - ACRES v. 4.00.110

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.110) was released Friday, January 20th.  Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Job Training Home Page

Two additional fields now display in the Profile Information section.  This information was available on other screens and has been added here for reference and ease of use:

  1. Project Officer assigned (includes name, email address and phone number)
  2. Work package status (status values are: "Edits in Progress", "Locked for Editing", "Needs Clarification", "Locked for Review", or "Approved").

Property Profile Form (PPF)

New inline help has been added for the following fields:

  1. Cleanup Start and Completion Dates - not sure whether the date you’re entering is a cleanup or pre-POP date?  Reference this new help to be sure.
  2. Jobs Leveraged - new help text defines both cleanup and redevelopment jobs leveraged, and includes hints on how to accurately calculate the number of jobs.  Also, if you have entered a significant amount of leveraged money and haven’t yet entered the jobs leveraged, ACRES will remind you to enter the number of jobs.
  3. Contaminants & Media Affected Information - for the “REC” and “Found” columns, new help text defines the column fields plus suggests the right time to select these fields.

Project Officer (PO) Home Page

Several minor enhancements have been completed:

  1. Funding summaries for cleanup and redevelopment funding values are now displayed on the Review screen.  These match the totals displayed on the PPF Review screen.
    • EPA Cleanup/Redevelopment Funding
    • Leveraged Funding
    • Total Funding
  2. The “Accept” and “Return to Sender for Clarification” buttons have been repositioned on the bottom of the page for ease of access.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided.  We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback. 

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December 8, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.100

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.100) was released Thursday, December 8th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Project Officer (PO) Home Page

For POs only, email preferences have been modified to encourage faster processing of work packages. POs will notice that the following conditions will produce an email and cannot be unselected. The email notifications will be sent whenever the conditions occur.

  • If a work package you submitted has been returned for clarification
  • If you are assigned a new cooperative agreement or work package
  • If a work package is submitted for your review
  • If a work package you are editing has been in the same status for more than 30 days
  • If a work package you submitted has been in the same status for more than 30 days
  • If a work package you are reviewing has been in the same status for more than 30 days

POs will still have the option to select notification for the following (and how often they are sent as well):

  • If a new Regional/Cooperative Agreement Recipient user in your Region has been added
  • If a work package in your Region has been in the same status for more than 30 days
  • A quarterly email with statuses and last updated dates for your properties
  • Release Notes

Leveraged Funding Information

New detailed information is available in the Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment sections for Leveraged Funding. This has been added to avoid the double-counting of funding and activities, and to have better insight into what other Cooperative Agreements (CAs) are providing funding for on a property/project.

The details are available on both the Property Home page and on the Property Profile Form (PPF):

  • On the Property Home page, the “View Leveraged Funding Details” link now displays the CA associated with each leveraged funding source, including other CAs associated to the property.
  • On the PPF, the Leveraged Funding data entry popups have a new link, “View Leveraged Funding for other CAs associated with this property”. These display leveraged funding details for other CAs associated with the property and include the CA number/identifier, source of funding, name of entity providing funds, and the amount of funding expended.

Property Profile Form (PPF)

  • The “Name of Entity Providing Funds” field has been expanded. This field is available when funding information is added or updated in the Environmental Assessment, Environmental Cleanup, and Redevelopment & Other Leveraged Accomplishment sections. The field has been renamed to “Name of Entity Providing Funds and Additional Comments (if applicable)” and can now hold up to 500 characters. It can now be used to retain details about what the various leveraged funding amounts were used for, so that a user can tell at a glance whether duplicate funding records have been entered. This will help provide further clarity on the activities at a property.
  • All date entry fields on the form are now consistent so that:
    • All date field information displays in the format: MM/DD/YYYY
    • If entered with single digit month and day and a 2-digit year, the date is converted to MM/DD/YYYY, ex. 1/4/11 becomes 01/04/2011
    • Date entered cannot be greater than today's date
    • Obvious erroneous years are updated if possible. For example, a year entered as “0010” will be changed to “2010”.

Job Training Performance Measures

The header for Part II of this page was modified to clarify that the report is for the fiscal year quarter. The header was changed to replace, for example, “2011/1” with “FY2011, Qtr 1”.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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November 3, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.090

Property Home Page

  • Cleanup Jobs Leveraged

    A correction was made for the Number of Cleanup Jobs Leveraged.  Previously the number entered on the PPF did not display accurately on the Property Home page.

Property Profile Form (PPF)

  • Page 1 - Property Background Information - Latitude/Longitude Override Option

    This new feature provides the ability to override the built in lat/long validation on the PPF page. This is for use in the rare instance when a property being added cannot be located by Google Maps and the lat/long is not automatically generated. To use the feature, click the “Edit Fields” link in the Property Geographic Information section and then click the checkbox for “Ignore Address Validation”. This will allow you to manually enter lat/long information and it will not be verified against the property address.
  • Page 3 - Ownership & Superfund Liability

    A fix was made to the field “If ‘yes’, did Superfund federal landowner liability protections factor into the ownership change?”. Prior to the fix, when “No” was selected for the field, it was incorrectly saved with a value of “Yes”.

Regional/National Reviewers

  • Log in issues have been resolved for Regional Reviewers who had issues caused by large quantities of properties.
  • An update to the QA Property Information page has fixed an issue that caused percentage signs to display in the Data Documentation text.
  • A modification was made to the QA Property Information page for redevelopment leveraged funding that is marked for deletion. The deleted values are no longer included in the Leveraged Funding total. This affects both Regional and National Reviewer pages.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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October 7, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.080

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.080) was released Friday, October 7th. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Property Home Page

  • View EPA Cleanup Funding Details

    For RLFs, this new link on the Property Home Page provides a listing of each individual source of EPA cleanup funding (loans and subgrants) entered for the property. The information displayed includes the source of funding, amount of funding expended, and date of RLF loan.

Property Profile Form (PPF)

  • Cleanup Required Selection

    One of the important facts the EPA collects is whether cleanup is required for a property. This information is recorded on the PPF in the Environmental Assessment Information (Page II). Previously the cleanup required selection was easily missed at the end of the section. The selection field is now displayed more prominently and an informational message added if the value selected is “Unknown”.

    In addition, if the user enters cleanup activity information but marks the cleanup required field “Unknown”, a warning message is displayed upon Review & Submit.

    Note that if the cleanup requirement is truly unknown, the property can be saved and submitted with a designation “Unknown”.
  • Number of Cleanup Jobs Leveraged

    An additional edit has been added to remove decimal values of .00 at the time of Review & Submit. The appearance of the decimals previously required the user to press the “Recalculate” button, an extra step in the submit process.
  • Miscellaneous Improvements
     
    • PPF Page II - Redevelopment & Other Leveraged Accomplishments

      A fix was made to the Start & Completion dates and to the Add Leveraged Funding in this section so that after the information is saved, it will continue to display in these screen fields. Prior to this, although it was correctly saved, the data appeared to be missing on the PPF.
       
    • PPF Page II - Cleanup Funding for an RLF Property

      A fix was completed to the calendar date selection feature for a Brownfields RLF Loan. Previously, the date selected on the calendar popup was not saved to the loan date field so the date had to be typed into the field.

Latitude/Longitude Data Cleanup

  • A cleanup utility was created to scan the ACRES data and update incorrect or incomplete lat/long data. The utility is designed to fix issues such as incorrect zip codes (those entered with missing digits) and lat/long problems (a missing “-“ in a longitude value will place a property in China). A log will be created to record every change that is completed. It is anticipated that the cleanup will affect mostly older records and only those that have serious issues. The lat/long update installed in Version 070 does not allow new data entry with lat/long errors.

Data Quality Metrics Report

  • A new report has been created for TeamACRES to provide data quality metrics for use in improving the completeness and accuracy of ACRES data. The report will include the following information by region:
     
    • Grantee Reporting Activity
       
      • Grants older than 18 months
         
      • Number of days to first property added
         
    • Data Completeness
       
      • Properties with cleanup status
         
      • Grants not spending 50% or more on property-specific activities
         
    • Workflow Measurements
       
      • Average work packages per grant/property
         
      • Work packages with edits in progress > 90 days
         
      • Work packages in regional review > 90 days

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September 7, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.070

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.070) was released Wednesday, September 7. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Latitude/Longitude

  • The ease and accuracy of entering latitude/longitude values on the ACRES Property Profile Form page have been improved. Now when a user enters a new property, the latitude/longitude is calculated automatically from the address that is entered. When users view the property page they will notice several other related improvements:
     
    • The Property Name/Address and the Property Geographic Information are now displayed side by side.
    • The Google map for the property is zoomed in so address/location information is easier to view and verify. Google icons are still available for zooming in and out, and moving N/E/S/W of the original location.
    • The Horizontal Collection Method and Reference Point fields default to the most commonly used value, and both can be edited.
    • Changing either the address or the latitude/longitude values triggers a verification process. If they do not match, the user is notified and given the option to use the address or the latitude/longitude to set the property location. ACRES will no longer allow a mismatch between the address and the latitude/longitude information.

Work Package Sharing Enhancements

  • Property Profile Form (PPF)
     
    • The Work Package Sharing section now displays on Page One of the property data entry form the first time a user clicks the 'Enter Data' link for the property. Previously, a work package had to be started (saved) before the sharing section was displayed.
       
  • CAR Home Page
     
    • CA work packages will have a “N/A” listed under the Shared Work Packages column. Previously, a “No” was displayed.
    • An explanation of Work Package Sharing has been added to the help text in the Action Column.

Cooperative Agreement Home Page

  • Ready for Reuse
     
    • Details for Ready for Reuse (RfR) are now displayed in the Institutional & Engineering Controls section. The Ready for Reuse column displays whether a property is RfR and if it is, the number of acres that are ready. A summary table has been added at the bottom of the section that lists the total number of properties and the total number of acres that are RfR. Previously, a user had to manually find the acres RfR value on the individual property pages and add them up to get the total for the CA.

CAR Home Page

  • Funding Information
     
    • The Funding Type (Hazardous, Petroleum, or both) and the associated funding amount are now displayed for each Cooperative Agreement listed on a CAR user’s home page.

Property Home Page

  • Accomplishment Counted
     
    • An improvement was added to clarify the accomplishment for pending cleanup activity. On the Property display pages, accomplishment counts will now be displayed as: “Yes, Assessment Pending” for assessment activities and “Yes, Cleanup Pending” for cleanup activities. Previously, an accomplishment always displayed as “Yes, Assessment Pending”.

HQ Home Page

  • Regional Status tab
     
    • To reduce page load time, users associated to more than 3 regions are now given a single default region. If the regions include Region 2, then Region 2 is the default region displayed, and if not, then the lowest numbered region they are associated with will be the default region. Users associated with three or fewer regions will still have all regions selected.

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • On the Property Profile Form, page 2, the “Date No Further Action/Cleanup Completion Document Issued" field has a new verification. When a user enters an invalid date, an error message is displayed and the user prompted to reenter a valid date.
     
  • A help text box has been removed from the Submission Notes box on the Property Profile Form page. Previously, when a user attempted to add information in the Submission Notes box, the help text pop-up displayed on top of the data entry box for submission notes and covered the text being typed into the box. The help text is now displayed on the PPF above the data entry area.

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August 4, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.060

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.060) was released Thursday, August 4. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Work Package Sharing

  • ACRES now provides CAR users with the ability to collaborate on a shared work package. This will improve data tracking, management and security for shared work. The work package 'owner' starts the work package and can select 'collaborators' (other CARs associated with the Cooperative Agreement) to update information on the Property Profile File. When the shared work package is created, collaborators are notified by email that a work package has been shared with them. The email can include a message with instructions from the owner (optional).

    To identify packages that are currently shared, a new column, Shared, has been added to the CAR Home page. It lists both owner and collaborator names. Because only one user can make edits at a time, if a user tries to access a work package that is being edited by another collaborator/owner, a lock icon will appear next the work package on the Home page. As soon as the user finishes editing (logs out, times out, or moves to another area of ACRES) the lock will be removed.

    Note that only the owner can submit a work package for regional review.

ACRES Home Page Improvements

  • For CAR users, the default tab on the Home page has been changed from 'My Cooperative Agreements' to 'My Projects > Open Work Packages'.
     
  • Two new options are now available in the Quick Links section of the home page:
     
    1. ACRES Information - provides answers to frequently asked questions, access to quick reference guides, and information on training & tutorials.
       
    2. ACRES Online Training - provides information on the current year training schedule and has instructions for joining training classes.
       
  • The ACRES News and Alerts section has been updated with current Training Information.

Text Clarification

  • Informational text has been updated on the Contact Us link and the My Regional Cooperative Agreements tab.

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We appreciate and encourage your continued involvement in reporting defects and recommending ways to improve ACRES. Please contact the ACRES Help Desk at acres_help@epa.gov or at 703-284-8212 to provide feedback.

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July 1, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.050

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.050) was released Friday, July 1st. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Regional Users

  • Regional users (QA, Data Entry, and TBA Data Entry roles) can now enter new data on closed CAs which do not have open property work packages. This enables regional staff to make updates to property information if the CAR is no longer reachable.
  • An update was made to the filter for the Regional Status tab. The filter now allows the display of work packages that do not have an associated accomplishment. Previously, these were not displayed and appeared to be missing.

Cooperative Agreement Recipient

  • An additional validation was added to the Add Cooperative Agreement feature so that an error message is displayed when a user does not select a state on the data entry page.

Funds Leveraged

  • The option to display details of leveraged funding is available on the Property Home page. A link has been added next to the total leveraged funding amount for the Assessment Activities, Cleanup Activities and Redevelopment & Other Leveraged Accomplishments sections. When the link is clicked, the source of funding, entity providing funding, and amount of funding values are displayed. These values can be hidden to save room on the screen.
  • The display of the detail lines in the Environmental Assessment Information section was updated so that all information is aligned correctly. Previously, when there were multiple sources of funding for an activity, and the Source of Funding name was unusually long, there was a slight misalignment of the data displayed.
  • A correction was made to the leveraged funding totals on the Property Home page. Previously, the totals included deleted record values which should have been excluded.

Cleanups Not Being Counted by FCA Script

  • An update was made so that Cleanup activities are correctly shown as Pending Accomplishments on the Property Home page. The update was also made to the Assessment Activities section to correct a similar issue.

System-wide

  • SSL-related prompts, that appeared when either the date picker or Google Maps features were accessed, will no longer appear. They are now transmitted under SSL encryption.

Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA Property

  • The Search function on the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA page has been updated so the default value for Announcement Year is "All".

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May 18, 2011 - ACRES v. 4.00.042

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.042) was released Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

System-wide

  • ACRES in-line help text has been added throughout the system for identified data fields. The fields with help text have a question mark icon adjacent to the field name. When the user clicks the icon, a pop-up window is displayed with help information.
  • CAR users can now associate themselves to closed CAs through the 'Add a Cooperative Agreement to my List' button. This applies to CA grants of all types (Assessment, Cleanup, RLF, JT, 128(a)) but is not applicable to Pilots.

Home

  • An error in the QuickLinks section of the Home page has been fixed so users can now access the Multi-Property Spreadsheet correctly.

Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA Property

  • The Search function on the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA page has been updated so the response time is faster (< 15 seconds) and the search no longer produces errors due to time out.
  • An error on the Cooperative Agreements/TBA page was corrected so that the data table can be sorted by any of the column titles without generating an error.

Data Entry

  • An update was made so that when a user enters information in the Funds Leveraged section, an amount valued is required. Previously the user could create a record with a zero value amount. They now receive a prompt to enter a funding amount.

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June 17, 2010 - ACRES v. 4.00.040

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.040) was released Thursday, June 17, 2010. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

WORKFLOW and ADMIN

Work packages now display the correct owner, status, and action. Also, Change Owner under Admin Module now works; when the owner of a work package has changed, it correctly displays on the new owner's Home screen.

HOME

The Accomplishments in the regional Accomplishment for FY10 box correctly display all accomplishments and match those results reflected in the Program Accomplishment Report.

Email Preferences are working properly. Immediate notification emails are now being generated.

The Contact Us and Legal links correctly navigate the users to the appropriate screens. Previously, clicking the links resulted in a system error.

DATA ENTRY

On the Data Entry screens, for Environmental Assessment Information activities, "EPA" now auto-populates in the Name of Entity Providing Funds if the Source of Funding selected is US EPA.

Corrected a typographical error in the Predominant Past Use(s): section by removing the additional 's' from Uses(s). In addition, resolved an error that occurred when the user entered a comma in the Predominant Past Use(s) field.

Regional Data Entry users were incorrectly given the ability to enter data on Pilot grants through the Cooperative Agreement Information work package. This has been corrected.

Redevelopment Jobs saved in ACRES were not allowing the user to change a number to zero. That has been addressed.

Resolved a system error that occurred when CARs selected a Property from the Find Property search and clicked the Add to My Projects button.

The Parcel text field has been increased to accommodate properties with larger parcel numbers.

A validation has been added to text fields notifying the users when their entry is exceeding the number of characters allowed.

PROPERTY HOME

Resolved a regionally reported error that occurred when the user cut-and-pasted information into the Property History section.

Cleanup and Redevelopment Jobs Leveraged only accept whole number. Decimals are no longer accepted in those fields.

The dollar sign in front of Cleanup Jobs Leveraged has been removed.

A validation has been added to the Acres Cleaned Up field reminding the user that a Cleanup Completion Date must be entered before entering any acres cleaned up.

Resolved an error that occurred when updating funding information for Environmental Assessment.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Fields marked for deletion in data entry are now correctly displaying on the QA screen.

QA edits made on the Ownership & Superfund Liability section, now display on the QA screen.

The funding amounts in the Environment Assessment Activity and the Redevelopment Leveraged Dollars now provide the correct amounts/total.

The Data for Review column for Redevelopment and other Leveraged Accomplishments section of the QA screens are no longer misaligned for the Greenspace, Residential, Commercial and Industrial categories.

Resolved an error in Quality Assurance that resulted from users clicking the Update Latitude/Longitude below based on address.

Institutional Controls categories will display on the QA Summary when Institutional Controls are indicated as required.

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April 9, 2010 - ACRES v. 4.00.030

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.030) was released Friday, April 9, 2010. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

System-wide

  • Modified the System Error screen based on a user reported issue; this message now has a link that returns the user to the previous screen.
  • Collapse All/Expand All will collapse (or expand) all the sections of the screen with one click. The top section of the screen (e.g. Property Profile, Profile Information, etc.) will remain expanded.
  • The Logout link on some pages was returning an error. This has been corrected.

Home

  • The EPA Regional Home screen has been modified to ensure that the Program Accomplishments box aligns at the top of the screen.
  • The EPA Regional Program Accomplishments box on the Home screen now correctly displays Pending Accomplishments.
  • An error has been corrected that allowed a blank screen to display when the Cooperative Agreement Recipient (CAR) added a Cooperative Agreement (CA) to their list. The user will now be redirected to their Home screen at the completion of this process.
  • Renamed the "My Regional Cooperative Agreements" tab on the EPA Regional Home screen. It is now the "My Regional Cooperative Agreements/TBAs" tab, if TBAs are associated to the EPA user logged into ACRES.
  • There was a defect that was causing the work package statuses to display incorrectly on all users' Home screens. This defect has been fixed.
  • Removed excess white space from the Home screen under the "My Cooperative Agreements" tab as requested by a CAR. This space misled them to believe they were at the bottom of the screen.
  • On the Cooperative Agreement Home screen, "Cooperative Agreement Comments (View | Enter Data)" was incorrectly displaying for Pilots. This has been removed.

Find Property/Cooperative Agreement

  • The filters have been modified to include a 'Filter Now' button at the top and bottom of the page and the "GO" buttons have been removed.
  • A 'Cooperative Agreement #' filter has been added to the search criteria.
  • On the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement screen, changed the default in the Fiscal Year and Region as follows:
    • For users who are associated to more than one region:
      • no search results display when the screen page first loads
      • no defaults are set for Fiscal Year and Region so that the user has to select them before results are displayed
      • screen allows users to set multiple filter values, then click "Filter Now" button to submit the request
    • For users associated with only one region the default Fiscal Year is set to 'All' and Region is set to the user's region
  • For all users except CARs, changed 'Find Property/Cooperative Agreement' to 'Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA'. CARS will continue to see only 'Find Property'.
  • The Region header on the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement/TBA screen has been removed. The search still displays the region.
  • Resolved an error that was occurring when a CAR user clicked the 'Add to My Projects' button.

Admin

  • The following changes were made to the My Preferences screen for those users that have not already signed up for Email notification:
    • For all users, "In addition to system wide messages, I would like to receive notification email from ACRES:" will default to Yes. In addition, "Please send my email:" will default to "In a weekly summary email."
    • For all Cooperative Agreement Recipients (CARs) the "If a work package I submitted has been returned for clarification" and "If a work package I submitted has been approved" selections will be the defaults.
    • For all EPA Project Officers or EPA Regional Quality Assurers (RQAs), the "If a work package is submitted for my review" and "If a work package I am reviewing has been in the same status for more than 30 days" selections will be the defaults.
  • The term 'Transferred' has been changed to 'Approved' in all email notifications.
  • Changed references for Grant Type, Grant # and Grantee in email notifications to Cooperative Agreement Type and Cooperative Agreement #, and Cooperative Agreement Recipient, respectively.
  • The Change Owner feature available to EPA Data Coordinators will now function as designed. Previously, work packages whose owner had been changed did not display under the 'Work Packages to Review" tab.
  • Resolved the error that displayed when clicking the Submission History link on the Change Owner and Change Status screens for EPA Data Coordinators.
  • The News and Alerts link has been updated with links to the Quick Reference Guides.

Data Entry

  • Previously, an 'Unable to Save Data' error displayed when attempting to save a work package with both Hazardous and Petroleum funding types. This has been resolved.
  • A defect that allowed CARs to associate themselves with closed CAs has been corrected.
  • The TBA ZIP code field accepts only the five digit ZIP code. In addition, the corresponding maps and latitude/longitude information no longer produce errors.
  • The Property Size field only accepts numbers. If a comma or other punctuation is entered, the user will receive a validation error.
  • Users will no longer receive an error when attempting to update latitude/longitude information.
  • On the Job Training Data Entry screen, Data Documentation now allows text to be entered.
  • On the JT Home screen, the Enter Performance Measures link did not always display for the correct roles or at the proper time. This has been corrected.
  • The 'Enter Data' link now displays properly. It was previously displaying for users who were not the owner of the work package. As a result the user was receiving a "You do not have permission to edit this work package." error when they clicked the link.
  • The default for 'Are Institutional Controls required at this property?' has been changed from "Yes" to "Unknown".
  • A regionally reported problem has been fixed so that when a user types the word "metal" in the property name field, the word "metal" will no longer be replaced with the capital letter "I".

Review and Submit

  • The instruction 'Select Approver Name' has been added to the bottom the property Review and Submit screen to provide a clearer direction to the user. The SUBMIT DATA NOW button has been aligned with the user name and the drop down now defaults to the name of the logged in user.
  • All new documentation is being highlighted on the Review and Submit screen. Previously, new information under Contaminants and Media were not properly highlighted.
  • Submission Notes now display on the Review and Submit page.

QA

  • The Total Funding label now correctly displays next to the total funding amount.
  • On the QA screens, the fields listed under Institutional & Engineering Controls information now properly align with "If Institutional Controls were required, indicate the category".

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January 31, 2010 - ACRES v. 4.00.020

A new version of ACRES (v. 4.00.020) was released Sunday, January 31, 2010. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made to the system.

Home Screens
On the Home screen of Regional users, the accomplishments box in the upper right hand corner has been changed to reflect the current GPRA Accounting Year (FY10).

The Owner filter on the Regional Status tab on the Home screen is now working properly.

On the Cooperative Agreement Home screen, the 'View Details' link has been added below the Key Measures Pilot Assessment and RLF Pilots.

On the Property Home screen, "Cooperative Agreement Comments (View | Enter Data)" incorrectly displayed for Pilot work packages. This has been resolved.

Find Property / Cooperative Agreement
An error that occurred when the Cooperative Agreement Number was entered into the Property ID field on the Search screens has been corrected and no longer occurs.

An error that was occurring on the Find Property - View as Map screen has been corrected.

The 'Export Cooperative Agreement to Excel' and 'Export Property List to Excel' buttons at the bottom of the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement screens have been changed to display 'Export to Excel.'

The default Fiscal Year on the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement screens has been changed to 'All'.

When new Cooperative Agreements are added through Admin, they are now displaying immediately on the Find Property/Cooperative Agreement screens.

When a 'pin' on the Find Properties - View as Map screen was clicked, the corresponding property would be highlighted. When the Property Detail pop-up box is closed, the corresponding row is now refreshed and no longer highlighted.

Data Entry 
Corrected a Region-identified issue where Regional TBA data entry users were unable to enter data for properties associated with TBAs. In addition, TBAs now properly display on the My Regional Cooperative Agreements tab.

Corrected an error that was removing text from the 'Property Description/History/Past Ownership' field.

The Submission Archive screen is now displaying consistently.

The Add a Cooperative Agreement to My List screen is now accepting both numbers and letters in the Cooperative Agreement field.

Property Comments have been added to the left navigation links and PPF page navigation ONLY for Pilot property records.

An error that prevented Cooperative Agreement Recipients from entering data for JT Performance Measures work packages has been corrected.

Review Note and Submission Note fields have been added to the JT Performance Measures data entry and Quality Assurance screens.

On the Review and Submit and Quality Assurance screens for JT Performance Measures, the incorrect quarters were displaying. This has been resolved.

The Document Type Selection now properly displays for Data Entry users.

Quality Assurance
Fields on the data entry screens were misaligned in the Institutional & Engineering Controls Information section under the "Data for Review" column. This has been corrected.

The Submission Archive screen now correctly associates the name of owner with the owner's role (EPA, Cooperative Agreement Recipient or HQ Contractor).

A system error that was causing work packages to NOT be submitted has been resolved. This issue related to users entering commas in the GPA amount or to users checking the checkbox under Past Predominant Uses, but not entering the acres.

The Current Owner field in the Ownership section of the PPF screens previously accepted only 50 characters. A system error occurred if more than 50 characters were entered. The field has been expanded to allow 200 characters.

On the Property Home screen, EPA Funding under the Assessment Activities at this Property is now displaying the correct funding.

An error that occurred when the user clicked 'Next' on the Data Document screen or clicked 'Review & Submit' in the left navigation link in a JT Performance Measures work package has been resolved.

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