OTCnet Release 4.1 Overview
The U.S. Treasury Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) Over the Counter Division (OTCD) updated the Over-the-Counter Channel Application (OTCnet) to Release 4.1 in June 2022, which introduced the following updates:
- Updated Code Libraries to the Latest Compatible Versions in OTCnet Online and Offline: The code libraries have been upgraded to improve OTCnet's security posture and ensure continually smooth operation of OTCnet Online and Offline. They will also serve as the foundation for the future OTCnet upgrade to JDK 11 (Java 11). Additionally, OTCnet Online has been updated to use Java EE 7.
- Support Windows 11: Windows 11 is now compatible with OTCnet, including OTCnet Online and Offline, Firmware, and the OTCnet Local Bridge (OLB). Windows 11 only supports Chrome and Microsoft Edge (Version 79 or higher) browsers. Windows 10 continues to support Internet Explorer (IE) 11, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge (Version 79 or higher).
- Updated Data Archive: The data archive has been updated to prepare for card payment transaction archive in the future.
- Enhanced OTCnet Databases: The databases have been enhanced to improve performance and reduce data storage and retrieval issues.
- Configured OTCnet Session Expiration Timeout Message: The OTCnet session timeout message now appears sixty seconds before the session’s timeout to provide greater usability and 508 accessibility.
- Addressed Security Updates: Addressed several security enhancements such as technical debts, security scan findings, and vulnerability analysis findings.
OTCnet Local Bridge (OLB) Enhancements
- Enhanced OTCnet Local Bridge (OLB): The OLB has been updated to support Java 17, the latest compatible version of Java, in addition to continuing to support Java 11 and 8. IE 11 users are not able to access the OLB with Java 17. Java 11 and 8 continue to be compatible with IE11 OLB users.
- Unbundled Java from OLB and Offline: The latest version of the OLB and Offline has unbundled Java (JRE) from their installation packages. OLB and Offline now require a separate JRE, allowing (and requiring) agencies to install and manage their own JRE versions on their users' workstations.