Frequently Asked Questions
The Shared Accounting Module (SAM) is a web-based software application developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in conjunction with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service).
SAM's primary function is to assist Federal Program Agencies (FPA) in classifying transactions as they occur by validating or deriving Treasury Account Symbol (TAS) and Business Event Type Code (BETC) information.
SAM should be used to ensure transactions are being reported to the Government-wide Accounting (GWA) application with valid TAS and BETC data.
The SAM website is: https://www.sam.fms.treas.gov.
Agencies that are identified as a GWA reporter will be granted access to SAM. Each user is assigned access to SAM by a security administrator from his/her organization, and provisioned by the SAM Treasury Support Center (TSC) at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis.
Additionally, users requesting access to Agency Location Code (ALC) information can be granted limited access to SAM. For more information, please refer to SAM Agency User Roles.
No, the FMS SF 224 and 1219/1220 will be retired when all ALCs (who report on the SF 224 and 1219/1220) become full GWA Reporters. For more information, please refer to Final Partial 224 Business Rules.
Treasury Account Symbol - The receipt, expenditure, appropriation, and other fund account symbols and titles as assigned by Treasury. For more information, please refer to GWA Treasury Account Symbol (TAS).
Business Event Type Code - The BETC is a code used in the GWA system to indicate the type of activity being reported, such as payments, collections, borrowings, etc. This code must accompany the Treasury Account Symbol (TAS). For more information, please refer to the Business Event Type Code (BETC).
A C-Key, or Classification Key, is any agency accounting or collection mechanism data (e.g., account code, fund code, Merchant ID, etc.) which cross walks directly to a TAS. Agencies will establish C-Keys in SAM that will be used to derive the appropriate TAS and BETCs.
A Cash Flow Profile is the component of SAM which carries out the validation or derivation of TAS and BETC data for agency transactions. A CFP can consist of one or more cash flows. Each cash flow lists an agency's business activities, accounting rules, ALCs, collection mechanisms, and C-Key information.
CFPs are created and maintained by agency personnel. For more information, please refer to SAM Agency User Roles.
An Access Group is a grouping of one or more ALCs to which SAM Users are granted permissions, CFPs are assigned and Default Rules are defined. Access Groups are defined by either business commonality (e.g., similar accounting rules or business practices) or security considerations.
Access Groups can be Primary or Descendent and each Access Group structure can contain four levels. Access Group structures are maintained by the Federal Program Agency.
In the event an agency transaction is submitted with invalid or missing TAS and BETC or C-Key data, the transaction will be assigned a valid "default" TAS and BETC for GWA reporting. The default TAS and BETC for the Access Group is selected by the agency in SAM during the GWA Pilot Reporter set up process.
A complete list of current Disbursement, Intragovernmental and Collection TAS and BETCs is available on the SAM public website at: https://www.sam.fms.treas.gov/sampublic..
The SAM public website does not require a user ID or password.
For questions about SAM, please contact: SAM Treasury Support Center at 877-340-9476.
Last modified 11/19/18