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Check Services to hold freeze period March 25-26

The Federal Reserve Banks will conduct tests on the Check 21 platform in March. During these events, the Check 21 production environment will not be available, Check 21 Deposit Notifications will not be generated and in some instances, connectivity will not be available. Testing will take place between the hours of 3 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 25 and 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.

Your Check 21 file delivery processing will be affected as follows:

  • Internet customers using FedLine Web® or SecureTransportTM/AxwayTM will not be able to connect and upload files to the Federal Reserve until after the maintenance period is complete.
  • FedLine Direct® and IBM Connect:Direct® customers will not be able to send files to the Federal Reserve Banks’ landing zone. Files must be submitted after the maintenance activities are completed and production processing resumes.
  • Small Value Payment Company (SVPCO) customers will be able to send files to the SVPCO Distributed Traffic Agent (DTA), but "pulled" and "validated" messages will not be generated. Files will remain in queue on the DTA until the Federal Reserve Banks re-enable connections to the DTA and production processing resumes.
  • Check 21 file deposit notifications will not be generated.

Please direct any questions or concerns to FedACH® and Check Services Customer Support.


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