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Credit Gateway


Frequently Asked Questions

How are deposit/voucher tickets numbered?

We base the deposit/voucher ticket number associated with each day’s deposits on a combination of the day of the month and a sequence number. The numbering scheme is slightly different for Fedwire deposits and Automated Clearing House (ACH) credit deposits. (IMPORTANT: Agencies should not build business logic around these numbers.)

What happens if a remitter gives incorrect information with a payment?

Generally, if a remitter fails to follow payment instructions, the Credit Gateway automatically reverses (Fedwire) or returns (ACH) the transaction. We generally do not try to manually correct the transaction. In particular, we typically reverse/return the transaction if a remitter fails to use a valid, configured:
  • Agency Location Code (for a Fedwire or ACH transaction) or Remittance Express (REX) Account ID (for an ACH credit transaction)
  • converted Credit Gateway account number, or
  • new Credit Gateway account number

We may try to manually correct certain Fedwire transactions above a certain dollar threshold.

How do funds settle with the Credit Gateway?

Funds settle through routing numbers at Federal Reserve Banks. For any legacy programs that settled transactions to routing numbers at Federal Reserve Banks--including Fedwire Deposit System (FDS), REX, and Federal Reserve Electronic Tax Application (FR-ETA)--funds settle in the same manner as they have previously.

Why do we need a Credit Gateway account number?

Through Credit Gateway account numbers, the Credit Gateway standardizes the way that we associate Fedwire and ACH credit transactions with your agency or a specific cash flow.

Unlike the legacy systems, FDS and REX, which each had legacy account numbers of different lengths and structures, the Credit Gateway uses a 12-digit account number.

The Credit Gateway uses two versions of this account number: Converted and New. These numbers differ somewhat to accommodate the old FDS and REX account numbers, but they have the same general structure.

The Credit Gateway account number is important for several reasons. A major reason is that with the account number, we can associate Fedwire and ACH credit transactions with both an Agency Location Code (ALC) and a cash flow.

How does the Credit Gateway account number compare to old numbers?

The table below summarizes the situation:
Account #s Fedwire ACH Credit
Format of legacy FDS/REX Account ID numbers 8-digit ALC 6-digit REX Account ID
Granularity of legacy FDS/REX accounts ALC level ALC and cash flow level
Format of Converted Account Number 12 digits: 8 + ALC + 000 12 digits: 800 + REX Account ID + 000
Granularity of Converted Account Number ALC level ALC and cash flow level
Use of Converted Account Number by remitters Optional. If a remitter provides an ALC in a payment, we map it to the Converted Credit Gateway Account Number Optional. If a remitter provides REX Account ID in a payment, we map it to the Converted Credit Gateway Account Number
Format of New Account Number 12 digits: 8 + ALC + 3-digit cash flow identifier 12 digits: 8 + ALC + 3-digit cash flow identifier
Granularity of New Account Number ALC and cash flow level ALC and cash flow level

The paragraphs below give a more detailed explanation of the information in the table.

Fedwire

Converted Account Numbers

Historically, some agencies used eight-digit ALCs as their FDS account number. The ALCs also were sometimes known as the Fedwire Beneficiary IDs.

(In practice, we have not used the concept of an account number when referring to how we organized FDS transactions. Instead, we simply organized transactions around an agency’s ALC. However, "account number" and "ALC" are broad and not always synonymous terms, so it is sometimes necessary to distinguish between them even if in FDS they were the same.)

Remitters may include this information when they initiate a payment. Because the FDS account number was the ALC, we had no standard way to let agencies track cash flows at a level under the ALC.

The Credit Gateway assigns each of these legacy FDS agencies a converted Credit Gateway account number. The converted account number is 12 digits. It begins with a leading "8," followed by the agency’s eight-digit ALC, and ends with three zeros.

(Example: 822222222000; where 22222222 is the agency’s Fedwire Beneficiary ID and ALC).

The agency’s remitters do not have to use the converted account number. They may continue to use the agency’s ALC. If a remitter includes an ALC in a payment, we map it to the appropriate converted account number.

New Account Numbers

For new accounts, the Credit Gateway issues each account a new Credit Gateway account number.

All new account numbers are 12 digits. They begin with a leading "8," followed by the agency’s eight-digit ALC, and end with a three-digit suffix that is sequentially system generated.

If an agency has more than one cash flow associated with the same ALC, we change the three-digit suffix to treat each of an agency’s cash flows as a new, separate account.

ACH Credit

Converted Account Numbers

Historically, agencies used a dedicated, six-digit account ID for each REX account. Remitters included this information when they initiated a payment.

An agency could have more than one REX account ID associated with its ALC. Among other things, this let REX account IDs be set up at the cash flow level, rather than the ALC level.

The Credit Gateway assigns each agency a converted Credit Gateway account number for each of its existing REX account IDs. The Credit Gateway account number is 12 digits. It begins with “800,” followed by the agency’s six-digit REX account ID, and ends with three zeros.

(Example: 800111111000; where 111111 is the agency’s REX Account ID).

The agency's remitters do not have to use the converted account number. They may continue to use the legacy REX account ID. If a remitter includes a REX account ID in a payment, we map it to the appropriate converted Credit Gateway account number.

Since February 2013, all valid ALC numbers have been eligible to accept ACH credits within the Credit Gateway. If you are not already doing this, contact the Credit Gateway program for ACH instructions to give to your customers.

For new accounts, the Credit Gateway issues each account a new Credit Gateway account number. All new gateway accounts are 12 digits. They begin with a leading "8," followed by the agency’s eight-digit ALC, and end with a three-digit suffix that is sequentially system generated.

If an agency has more than one cash flow associated with the same ALC, we change the three-digit suffix to treat each of an agency’s cash flows as a new, separate account.



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