Federal Program Agencies: Common Questions

1. Can ASAP be used for vendor payments?

No, ASAP is used for grant payments and reimbursements to financial agents that are performing financial services for FMS and other Federal Agencies.

2. Is there a cost to Federal Agencies to use the ASAP system?

There is no fee charged to Federal Agencies to use the ASAP system.

3. Is there a cost to Payment Requestors/Recipient Organizations to use the ASAP system?

There is no fee charged to Payment Requestors or Recipient Organizations to use the ASAP system.

4. Does ASAP allow batch processing and who can process batch files?

Presently, Federal Agencies can process batch files through an interface connection to establish accounts and enter authorizations. At present, Payment Requestors cannot perform batch processing.

5. Is there a minimum required award amount before a Federal Agency may place a grantor program on ASAP?

No, there is not a minimum required amount.

6. What type of remittance information does ASAP provide?

While wire transfer formats allow limited remittance information, all ACH payments made by ASAP contain complete remittance information, down to the payment request line item level, in the form of an EDI transaction set (ANSI X12 820, version 3040). See the ASAP Payment Formats Package for details on all ASAP Fedwire and ACH formats.

7. What is my ASAP ID?

For Federal agencies, the ASAP ID is your agency's Agency Location Code and Region Code, if one was assigned.

8. What procedures should be followed if changes occur within your Federal Program Agency i.e., contact names, addresses and telephone numbers, individuals being added or deleted from the system?

Call your servicing Regional Financial Center. They will advise you on the appropriate actions that need to be completed.

   Last Updated:  March 14, 2014