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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

NFC IT heads back to New Orleans

"National Finance Center director Jerry Lohfink moved back to his New Orleans office this week, but NFC�s data center will remain at its backup location near Philadelphia until a new center is completed in June.

Lohfink and his IT staff, who process about 600,000 federal payrolls, have been working from Philadelphia, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Alexandria, La., since Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding drove them from their offices in August. NFC provides administrative and financial services to its parent agency, the Agriculture Department, and other agencies.

'One of the biggest challenges for NFC leadership is to balance service delivery to the customer while providing its employees with the time and support necessary for them to build back their lives,' Lohfink said.

NFC employees will complete the phase-in of returning payroll processing services to New Orleans by Feb. 10, said NFC CIO Gil Hawk, who remains in Philadelphia until next month. "

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