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Certifying Officer Training

This training provides new and experienced federal certifying officers (COs) and members of the federal payment management community with the content and skills needed to certify the validity of their payments, disbursed on behalf of their agency by the Fiscal Service. The training will also help COs and members of the payment management community understand their individual and agency responsibility and accountability for ensuring payments are legal, proper, and correct.

Effective November 1, 2018, all COs, Data Entry Operators, and individuals designated as an “Agent to Receive and Deliver Checks,” who process payments through the Fiscal Service, are required to complete CO training. Each of these individuals, who must be government employees, will be required to affirm a current completion of CO training as part of each issuance of new or renewed credentials. The training supplements the instructions found in the Treasury Financial Manual (TFM) at Volume I, Part 4A, Chapter 3000, Requirements for Scheduling Payments Disbursed by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. More information on this requirement is available in this memorandum.