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Payment Request Formats

PAM Standard Payment Request Formats

The Standard Payment Request (SPR) Version 5.0.0. provides the up-to-date bulk payment file structure, data elements and validations for requesting payments.

If you would like a copy of the format and/or technical training on the PAM 5.0.0 format, you can contact FS.AgencyOutreach@fiscal.treasury.gov.

If you would like technical training on the PAM 5.0.0 format, you can contact FS.AgencyOutreach@fiscal.treasury.gov to schedule a webinar.

PAM SPR Consular / GEO Codes

The PAM Standard Payment Request file includes Consular Codes, also known as GEO Codes. These are 3-character codes for mailing bulk check shipments to foreign countries via the consulate.

PAM and SPS Country Codes

The PAM Standard Payment Request file and the SPS Schedule Upload 440 file include Country Codes. These are 2-character codes for International ACH and IAT payments.

CTX Payment Processing

Corporate Trade Exchange (CTX) payments must be sent to PAM with an EDI X12 fully formatted 820 addenda. CTX is a corporate ACH format which allows for up to 9,999 addenda records with approximately 800,000 characters. The large addendum record capability enables transmission of complete remittance information with the CTX payment, allowing one CTX payment to cover multiple invoices.

Traditionally used for Vendor Payments, the CTX format can also be used by agencies to make payments of Allotments and Deductions (e.g., making one monthly CTX payment to a Union which covers union dues deducted from all members' salary payments). Agencies may also process child support payments using the CTX format to a State Child Support Enforcement Agency or its State Disbursement Unit (SDU).

If you would like a copy of the CTX Addendum Supplement to PAM SPR v 5.0.0 document, you can contact FS.AgencyOutreach@fiscal.treasury.gov.

PAM Agency Notification

Agencies can request to receive a notification report that provides the results of the bulk file validation by e–mail, file or both:

  • E–mail (agency maintains the e–mail group)

    and ⁄ or
  • File via Connect: Direct (C:D) ⁄ Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). The file is formatted to allow an agency to upload results to its internal applications.

Agency e–mail and file notifications include:

  • File Status: Accepted, Accepted with Errors or Rejected
  • File summary detail payment information (per schedule):
    • Item Count
    • Total Summary Amount
    • Schedule Number
    • Payment Type
    • Payment Method
    • ALC
  • Control Number is a unique number (Cxxxxxx) assigned by PAM used to certify in SPS summary certifications.
  • File Status = Accepted with Errors or Rejected: An explanation is provided
  • Do Not Pay payment screening
  • Invalid RTNs and the number of occurrences per file.
  • Lastly, PAM Help Desk contact information

Notification Formats:

If you would like a copy of the Notification Formats, you can contact FS.AgencyOutreach@fiscal.treasury.gov.

Financial Organization Master File (FOMF)

The Financial Organization Master File (FOMF) is a directory of financial organizations consisting of banks, savings banks, credit unions, savings & loans, or similar institutions. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (FS) uses the FOMF to validate Routing Transit Numbers (RTNs) and directing payments when processing our customers’ payment files.

The FOMF is created from the Federal Reserve Bank's (FRB) Treasury Master File (TMF). The TMF is maintained and updated solely by the Federal Reserve Bank on a monthly basis. This file consists of RTNs, financial organizations' names, addresses, and other pertinent data for financial institutions that accept ACH payments. The TMF file is sent to Kansas City Financial Center (KFC) on the 26th of each month, or the following business day when a weekend or holiday. Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) serves as the nation's central bank. Its functions include processing EFT payments, including ACH, for the Federal Government, handling Federal Government deposits and checks, and supervising and regulating federally chartered financial institutions.

FOMF Distribution

KFC performs a Monthly FOMF Update, using the TMF file, to create the following FOMF related files for our agencies, PACER, SPS, and RFC users. To view the specifications, select the links below.

Master or new FOMF

Contains only active EFT receivers

History FOMF

Contains active EFT receivers and inactive financial organizations.

Cross Reference FOMF

Contains a list of RTNs that have merged or closed, since the last monthly update.

Change File

Contains RTN records that have changed since last update.

Monthly Update

These files are sent electronically via PAM to requesting agencies following the monthly update around the 26th of the month.

Supplemental Update

Between monthly updates, new RTNs may be added to a Supplemental FOMF. Supplemental information is available to agencies by selecting to receive a copy of the Master FOMF on a weekly basis (new option in PAM).

To obtain or discontinue FOMF file distributions, contact the PAM Help Desk at 816-417-2340 or e-mail PAM.Help.Desk@fiscal.treasury.gov.

Last modified 06/27/18