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FedACH® Platform Modernization Customer-Facing Changes as of December 2019

List of customer-facing changes
Category Current Platform Modernized Platform
Originated Files When a file is initially received by the Federal Reserve Banks for processing, customers typically do not see a status in FedLine Information Services until processing is complete. Customers may see an interim status of "In Process" in FedLine Information Services until file processing is complete.
Acknowledgements When a file pends and is manually released, FedACH generates three acknowledgements:
  • file pend
  • file released
  • file accepted
When a file pends and is manually released, FedACH generates only two acknowledgements:
  • file pend
  • file accepted
FedACH will no longer generate a “released” status acknowledgement.
Acknowledgements When a batch or file is rejected at end of day (EOD), the acknowledgement shows the status message “rejected at EOD” only. When a batch or file is rejected at EOD, the EOD reject acknowledgement will contain the original error(s) that caused the file to pend, but will no longer show the status message “rejected at EOD”.
Acknowledgements When a file pends due to multiple errors, only the first error is captured in FedLine® Information Services and on acknowledgements.

Multiple errors are not currently displayed.
When a file pends, only the first error will be captured in FedLine Information Services. Multiple errors will be displayed on the acknowledgement.
Acknowledgements Current acknowledgements contain 60 lines per page. New acknowledgements will contain 52 lines per page.
Acknowledgements Acknowledgements for files received for the next business day are not sent until current business day processing is complete. Acknowledgements for files received for next business day will be delivered once received into the system.
Extensions When extensions are activated, all files are held while files bearing the sending point routing transit number (RTN) that extended are manually released into the desired business day.

This allows the institution requesting the extension to amend or confirm the RTN in need of an extension after the extension begins.
When extensions are activated, all incoming files will immediately and automatically flow into the next business day for processing unless they bear the sending point RTN supplied by the customer requesting the extension.
File delivery Customers are able to request on-demand files through FedLine Information Services. Customers will no longer have access to request on-demand files through FedLine Information Services.

Customers will now have the ability to schedule (via ACH agreement) additional recurring daily file deliveries based on processing needs.

Customers can still request on-demand files by contacting the FedACH Help Desk.

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