The IRS issued the following Quick Alert 10/14/2016:
To ensure a smooth transition, the IRS has decided to delay the October 24 date for requiring e-services users to re-register and validate their identities through Secure Access authentication.
In the next few weeks, the IRS plans to have discussions with key stakeholders affected by the e-services changes to discuss security protocols and next steps in this process.
A new implementation date has not been set. When a new date is set, the IRS will share the information widely with e-Services users.
The IRS is strengthening the e-Services registration process as part of a wider effort to ensure the protection of taxpayer data and IRS systems.
Important Reminder: Partners are strongly encouraged to verify the status of each EFIN in the Registered User Portal (RUP) prior to placing the software order. If the EFIN is not active in RUP, the issue must be resolved prior to placing the software order. Refer to IRS Publication 4396-A, Partner Resource Guide, for additional information on the RUP.