National Field Quality Assurance Project
Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I unable to log on?

First, make sure that you are entering your last name in the first empty box.

Next, if you are a participant in the project and this is your first time logging in to the NFQA database then you will need to get your password from your Water Science Center Water Quality Specialist.

If you have logged on before but can not remember your password use the "Forgot Your Password" link on the log in page. If you encounter any problems then please contact RoseAnn Martin at 303-236-1874.


Why did I receive these samples?

An email is sent out to the Water Science Center Water Quality (QW) Specialist and/or Field Office Water Quality Specialist to update the participant list for the project before samples are sent out for analysis. They also make the request at this time for the ranges and bottle sizes that are to be sent to each participant. So, samples are sent out based on what the Water Science Center and/or Field Office QW Specialist select for each participant.


What if I miss the deadline to enter my sample results?

There are about 5 weeks from the time the samples are sent out till the results are due. If you can not submit your results by the deadline then you will receive no ranking for your samples which is reflected in the results tables.


I try to enter my results and I keep getting an error, can I try some other way?

A common issue with not getting results to submit successfully is the completion of the three required fields: Result, Meter, and Probe. If you do not see all three fields, scroll over.


What do I do if I can't enter my data via the web site?

If you can not enter your data via the web, contact your office Water Quality Specialist and ask them to enter it for you. If the deadline is approaching and your Office QW Specialist is unavailable then you can email your results to RoseAnn Martin or call 303-236-1874.


How do I exclude a sample that will not be tested?

Following the pattern of a single point-of-contact, the relevant Water-Quality Specialist has also been designated as the focal point for any exclusion of samples or results. The QW Specialist may exclude samples assigned to participants by implementing the following, please:

After logging into http://internalbqs.cr.usgs.gov/NFQA/NFQA.php (as usual, as yourself).
There are two things to do:
1) Go to Insert Results
    a) choose office
    b) click on participants name
    c) check the box in the third column (go row by row)
    d) enter a zero for the result and choose a meter and a probe (you may have to scroll over to see the drop down list for the probe)
    e) click on the "Insert Results" button in the first column
    f) repeat for each row until there are no more results for the person that quit
    g) then go back to the very beginning of this step (Insert results, choose office, etc.) for the next person

Also then please ...
2) Go to Add/Modify Participant
    a) choose office
    b) find participant in list
    c) uncheck the box in the fourth column (the box is checked for all active participants)
    d) click on the "Modify Participant Information" button in the first column


How do I re-assign a sample to a participant that did not get samples and is not in the system?

Following the pattern of a single point-of-contact, the relevant Water-Quality Specialist has also been designated as the focal point for any re-assignment of samples among personnel. The QW Specialist may reassign samples to participants by implementing the following, please:

1) Log in to http://internalbqs.cr.usgs.gov/NFQA/NFQA.php (as usual, as yourself).
2) Enter in new participants (if these people have moved from another office or area, please call me to verify if they
    have a profile that exists in the system
    a) Please go to "Add/Modify Participant"
    b) Add Participant information in the form provided
        *required fields include: office name from the drop down list, First name, Last name, Password, Repeat Password
        (these can be temporary ones for the new participant), email address, Staff Category, Participant Role, Reports To,
        verify USGS Staff check box (if not coop) and Active check box
    c) Click on button "Insert Participant Information" after assigning the Staff Category,
3) Log out and log back in
4) Go to "Assign Orders" which is a link in the gray box on the left of the NFQA page after you sign in
    a) Choose the office of interest
    b) Please click on the participant that will not be testing the sample.
    c) This page now has multiple rows, the next steps must be followed row by row
    d) In the last column there is a drop down list of names, choose the one you want this sample to go to
    e) Click on "Assign Order" button in the first column
    f) Repeat for each sample you want to reassign


How do I re-assign a sample to a participant that is in the system?

Following the pattern of a single point-of-contact, the relevant Water-Quality Specialist has also been designated as the focal point for any re-assignment of samples among personnel. The QW Specialist may reassign samples to participants by implementing the following, please:

1) Log in to http://internalbqs.cr.usgs.gov/NFQA/NFQA.php (as usual, as yourself).
2) Go to "Assign Orders" which is a link in the gray box on the left of the NFQA page after you sign in
    a) Choose the office of interest
    b) Please click on the participant that will not be testing the sample.
    c) This page now has multiple rows, the next steps must be followed row by row
    d) In the last column there is a drop down list of names, choose the one you want this sample to go to
    e) Click on "Assign Order" button in the first column
    f) Repeat for each sample you want to reassign


How do I edit my results?

As a participant, you are now able to edit data in the NFQA system.

1) Log in to http://internalbqs.cr.usgs.gov/NFQA/NFQA.php (as usual, as yourself).
2) Click on link "View/Edit Results"
3) Choose office
4) Choose person
5) Change Results Value
    A Note for Water Quality Specialists: this page is also where if you click on the check box to exclude data,
    the result will be excluded from ranking; leave the check box blank in most cases
6) Click on the "Edit Results" button for each row changed


When and how can I get my results?

Approximately 2 weeks after all the data has been collected and entered into the database the results will be available to your Water Science Center and/or Field Office QW Specialist.


What happens when I receive an unsatisfactory rating?

After the results are made available, your Water Science Center and/or Field Office Water Quality Specialist determine what course of action they want to take. They may order rerun samples for retesting purposes. These rerun results are for your office record keeping. They are not to be resubmitted to the NFQA project. The extra samples can be ordered by contacting RoseAnn Martin or call 303-236-1874. There is a shipping charge for these samples.


Need more information about the National Field Quality Assurance project?
Contact the Branch of Quality Systems via E-mail or call RoseAnn Martin at 303-236-1874



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