Payment Information Repository (PIR)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will use PIR?

PIR is used by the following groups:

  • Fiscal Service management and business lines to obtain business intelligence about payment transactions
  • Non Treasury Disbursing Offices (NTDO) and Treasury Disbursing Offices (TDO) to access payment data analytics
  • Non Treasury Disbursing Offices (NTDO) to access their voucher data and detailed payment transactions when they become a CARS Reporter

What are the benefits of PIR to Federal Program Agencies (FPAs)?

With PIR, payments information will be available for FPAs to view from one source. PIR will:

  • Provide a single, web-based system from which agencies can view disbursement information
  • Supply FPAs with both summary and detail information on payment transactions in a single source
  • Provide business intelligence on payment transactions originating from the FPA

What are the benefits of PIR to Fiscal Service?

PIR will provide the following benefits to Fiscal Service:

  • Assist Fiscal Service in managing the quality of incoming payment transactions and their associated classifications in support of Governmentwide Accounting (GWA) initiatives
  • Make statistical and analytical reporting available, significantly improving the ability of the U.S. Treasury to more precisely manage its financial position and make informed decisions on payment trends. PIR is one of multiple information repositories that will provide information to the Financial Information Repository (FIR). While it is anticipated that business line specifics analytics and reporting will be conducted in the individual repositories, cross-business line analytics will be performed in the FIR.

Where does PIR data come from?

Payment information pulled from U.S. Treasury systems serves as the basis of PIR reports. Additionally, supplemental information is gathered in summary form from various other sources in order to gain insight into payment patterns.

PIR data constitutes a snapshot of payment activity as of a specific point in time; it only provides information about actual payments made, not subsequent accounting activity.

How is data in PIR secured?

Access to data in PIR is secured in accordance with Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and other federal laws and regulations for IT systems security that apply.

Are there any special internet requirements for accessing the PIR application?

The only supported browser to access the PIR application is the most current version of Internet Explorer.

How will NTDOs provide TAS/BETC classification data to PIR?

NTDOs will be required to report payment and accounting details the day following settlement date (ACH/Wire) and date of pay (check) via the PIR Standard Reporting Format (SRF). Included with the payment details is the TAS/BETC classification for each payment.

What is the Standard Reporting Format (SRF)?

The SRF is a standard flat file layout that all NTDOs will be expected to populate with all issued payments. NTDOs will be required to report payment and accounting details the day following settlement date (ACH/Wire) and date of pay (check) via the SRF. Payment and accounting details include but are not limited to the following:

  • Payee name, TIN, city, state,zip
  • Check serial number
  • Receiver RTN
  • Payment TAS/BETC
  • Contract detail for vendor payments

Can an NTDO reclassify TAS/BETC information through PIR?

No. PIR is intended to be a reporting system only. Agencies will not be able to enter reclassification of TAS/BETC information into the PIR. TAS/BETC information is reclassified in CARS.

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