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07/02/2013 - CIR Maintenance Release 3.24 Implementation Successful
05/22/2013 - Specification for CIR XML Extract Files
05/22/2013 - Financial Institutions and Historical Deposit Voucher Data
03/26/2013 - CIR Maintenance Release 3.23 Implementation Successful
01/22/2013 - TRS renamed CIR as of January 2013
01/22/2013 - CA$HLINK II Historical Data in CIR
10/22/2012 - New Data Available from OTCnet
10/15/2012 - New Payment Vouchers are No Longer Reporting to TRS
10/15/2012 - Voucher Reporting GUI for Sending Trading Partners
10/15/2012 - Change to TRS Plastic Card Reporting
10/01/2012 - TRS OTCnet Check Capture Detail Data Implementation is Delayed
08/24/2012 - TRS Pay.gov/Card Acquiring Service Reporting Change Rescheduled
07/30/2012 - New Data Available for FRB CA$H-LINK Transactions
07/09/2012 - TRS Implements TRS Release 3.18
06/29/2012 - TRS Topics: Security Users




CIR Maintenance Release 3.24 Implementation Successful

On June 29, 2013, the CIR Maintenance Release 3.24 was successfully implemented. The release provided updated CIR Voucher Reports. The reports have new layouts which are in response to agency feedback. The changes include a switch from landscape to portrait orientation; smaller fonts, margins and headings to display more text per page. There are no changes in the data coming from the collection channel programs.

Both new and original formats will be available for at least months to allow agencies to transition to the new formats. In order to use the new version of the reports, users who have scheduled the original version will need to define a new schedule for the new version of the report. Once the transition period ends, only the new version will be available for viewing and scheduling.

The original versions of the Fedwire reports were retired with this release. This concludes the three-month parallel transition period during which both the original and new versions of the Fedwire reports were available.

There are no changes to Agency XML extracts.

CIR Maintenance Release 3.24 also included fixes to a few defects.

CIR Users: For more information on the CIR Voucher Reports changes, please go to the CIR Release Notes link in the CIR application.

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Specification for CIR XML Extract Files

The Specification for CIR XML Extract Files has been updated to reflect the current capabilities of CIR. This document allows members of an agency’s IT staff to understand and process the output that is produced as a result of an agency or other Receiving Trading Partner (RTP) user defining a scheduled extract within CIR.

The updates include a change of the application name from TRS to CIR, where applicable.

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Financial Institutions and Historical Deposit Voucher Data

Financial institutions do not have access to CIR and therefore do not have access to deposit voucher data that was manually entered into CA$HLINK II prior to January 1, 2013. A process has been developed for financial institutions to request this historical data. If you have questions about the process, please contact the CIR Call Center at (800) 346-5465 or (301) 887-6600.

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CIR Maintenance Release 3.23 Implementation Successful

On March 23, 2013, the CIR Maintenance Release 3.23 was successfully implemented. The release provided updated CIR Fedwire Reports. The reports have new layouts which are in response to agency feedback. The changes include a switch from landscape to portrait orientation; smaller fonts, margins and headings to display more text per page. There are no changes in the data coming from the Credit Gateway.

The application URL has not changed, nor have there been any changes to the functionality of the system.

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TRS renamed CIR as of January 2013

TRS has been renamed to the Collections Information Repository (CIR) effective January 2013. FMS has rebranded TRS to be consistent with the naming convention for its other data repositories, such as the Payment Information Repository (PIR).

The application URL has not changed, nor have there been any changes to the functionality of the system.

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CA$HLINK II Historical Data in CIR

Phase Two of the CA$HLINK II historical data load into the Collections Information Repository (CIR, formerly TRS) has been implemented. The load includes data (not previously reported in the CIR) for the remaining historical data as of October 1, 2004, to January 11, 2013.

Users should reference the CA$HLINK II Account Types to CIR Mapping for Historical Data to determine the appropriate Collection System for the data in CIR.

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New Data Available from OTCnet

On October 21, 2012, OTCnet began sending summary and detail information to TRS for over-the-counter check capture collections that have been converted to OTCnet from legacy PCC-OTC (Paper Check Conversion Over-the-Counter). TRS users will see vouchers for these collections in summary-level TRS XML extracts under OTCnet instead of FRB CL Misc. Users may also see detailed transaction information in the detail-level TRS XML extracts and TRS's Financial Transaction Detail Report. This report is accessed from the Financial Transaction Summary Report. OTCnet check capture details will be available depending on your filter criteria for Collection System. TRS standard reports will identify this voucher activity with a Subsystem of “E-Check Deposit.” Summary-level data for legacy PCC-OTC not yet converted to E-Check Deposit will continue to be reported by FRB CA$H-LINK as PCC OTC vouchers.

Collections data sent for TGA transactions will not change. OTCnet will continue to send only summary-level information as they do today for OTCnet deposits made through commercial TGA banks, international TGA banks, and FRB TGA banks.

TRS will report this transaction information to the Centralized Accounting Reporting System (CARS, formerly GWA) and agencies, consolidating and streamlining the transaction reporting for all over-the-counter collections.

Please refer to the TRS OTCnet Data Implementation Impacts document for more details about these data changes. More information on TRS and OTCnet is available on their websites: http://fms.treas.gov/trs/index.html and http://fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html.

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New Payment Vouchers are No Longer Reporting to TRS

Beginning October 1, 2012, only the Payment Information Repository (PIR) receives payment vouchers and the PIR will report the vouchers on to the Central Accounting Reporting System (CARS)/GWA. Payment vouchers dated October 1, 2012, and beyond no longer flow to TRS or to CA$HLINK II. Historical vouchers prior to October 2102 will still be visible in CA$HLINK II until CA$HLINK II is shut down. For more information, please contact the PIR Agency Outreach Team at (816) 414-2340 or PIR.Agency.Outreach@fms.treas.gov.

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Voucher Reporting GUI for Sending Trading Partners

TRS Release 3.19 was implemented on September 22, 2012. This release provides a new graphical user interface (GUI) for Sending Trading Partners (STP) to report voucher-level data into TRS as well as provides reports with voucher-level information for STP users. There is no direct impact to agency TRS users.

The new GUI also allows STPs to report adjustments, corrections and rescissions (A/C/Rs), since the CA$HLINK II voucher correction functionality for agencies and financial institutions is being phased out in favor of a process that will be managed by the collection programs that process revenue collections.

As STPs and certain financial institutions switch from using the CA$HLINK II voucher correction functionality to using the TRS GUI for adjustments, corrections and rescissions (A/C/Rs), agencies will be able to see those transactions in TRS. Tamara Whitaker, Director of FMS’s Accounting and Data Management Division, recently sent a letter via email to all agency CA$HLINK II users notifying them of the dates that FMS will be shutting down the remaining voucher correction functions in CA$HLINK II, and providing points of contact for the FMS Program area associated to the account type activity. The letter was sent on August 31, 2012, and the subject line was “CA$HLINK II Shutdown Update – Voucher Corrections & Scheduled Downloads.” A copy of this letter is posted on the CA$HLINK II website at http://fms.treas.gov/cashlink/index.html.

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Change to TRS Plastic Card Reporting

On September 16, 2012, TRS began receiving changes to how some plastic card transactions are reported. Plastic card transactions processed through Pay.gov are now being reported as settled Pay.gov transactions in TRS. With this change, these transactions are no longer being reported as Card Acquiring Service transactions in TRS. All other plastic card transactions will continue to be reported as Card Acquiring Service transactions in TRS as usual.

This change allows TRS users to see data elements associated with the Pay.gov application on any Pay.gov settled plastic card transaction. These data elements include classification data, program data (Pay.gov customer collection fields), and Pay.gov application-specific data for plastic card transactions.

The TRS July-August 2012 Data Implementations Reporting Impacts document describes the changes and impacts to TRS XML extracts and standard reports. As a result of some of these changes, users with scheduled reports or reports saved to My Favorites may need to change their search criteria. Users should view the document to assess any impacts to saved or scheduled reports.

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TRS OTCnet Check Capture Detail Data Implementation is Delayed

The TRS OTCnet Data Implementation that was scheduled to take place in late September 2012 has been delayed. The new date will be announced on the TRS website and in a TRS system announcement.

Once implemented, OTCnet will begin sending summary and detail information to TRS for over-the-counter check capture collections that have been converted to OTCnet from legacy PCC-OTC (Paper Check Conversion Over-the-Counter). TRS users will see vouchers for these collections in summary-level TRS XML extracts under OTCnet instead of FRB CL Misc. Users may also see detailed transaction information in the detail-level TRS XML extracts and TRS's Financial Transaction Detail Report. This report is accessed from the Financial Transaction Summary Report. OTCnet check capture details will be available depending on your filter criteria for Collection System. TRS standard reports will identify this voucher activity with a Subsystem of “E-Check Deposit.” Summary-level data for legacy PCC-OTC not yet converted to E-Check Deposit will continue to be reported by FRB-CA$H-LINK as PCC OTC vouchers.

Collections data sent for TGA transactions will not change. OTCnet will continue to send only summary-level information as they do today for OTCnet deposits made through commercial TGA banks, international TGA banks, and FRB TGA banks.

TRS will report this transaction information to the Centralized Accounting Reporting System (CARS, formerly GWA) and agencies, consolidating and streamlining the transaction reporting for all over-the-counter collections.

Please refer to the TRS OTCnet Data Implementation Impacts document for more details about these data changes. More information on TRS and OTCnet is available on their websites: http://fms.treas.gov/trs/index.html and http://fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html.

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TRS Pay.gov/Card Acquiring Service Reporting Change Rescheduled

The update to the Pay.gov/Card Acquiring Service reporting in TRS that was scheduled to take place in August 2012 has been rescheduled. This change in TRS will now take place on September 16, 2012. Plastic card transactions processed through Pay.gov will begin to be reported as settled Pay.gov transactions in TRS. With this change, these transactions will no longer be reported as Card Acquiring Service transactions in TRS. All other plastic card transactions will continue to be reported as Card Acquiring Service transactions in TRS as usual. This change will allow TRS users to see data elements associated with the Pay.gov application on any Pay.gov settled plastic card transaction. These data elements include classification data, program data (Pay.gov customer collection fields), and Pay.gov application-specific data for plastic card transactions. Please refer to the TRS July-August 2012 Data Implementations Reporting Impacts document for more details about these data changes.

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New Data Available for FRB CA$H-LINK Transactions

On July 30, 2012, the TRS July Data Implementation began to provide TRS with voucher information from the Federal Reserve Banks (FRB), Stored Value Card / Navy Cash, and EFTPS / Federal Agency Tax. Users will now see vouchers for these collections and payments (except ASAP) in summary-level XML extracts and TRS’s standard Voucher reports. Users will also receive adjustments and corrections coming from FRB CA$H-LINK for OTCnet bank deposits, FRB Paper Checks, Pay.gov, and EFTPS. With the addition of these records, TRS will contain collections information from all collections channels. Agency users should transition as many of their business processes as possible from CA$HLINK II to TRS. Please refer to the TRS July-August 2012 Data Implementations Reporting Impacts document for more details about these data changes.

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TRS Implements TRS Release 3.18

TRS Release 3.18 was implemented on July 7, 2012. This release upgrades the TRS system to receive additional data from the various collections channels, which will allow TRS to be the primary mechanism for reporting collections data in the end-state.

Some of the changes users will see are:

  • Several new data elements and changes to valid values on reports. For example, there are new names for Collection Subsystems. In addition, there are a few updated Financial Types and Statuses. When requesting reports or extracts, users have to select updated values in the search criteria. Users will also see those updated values on the report display. Extracts continue to display current values.
  • Some additional data fields marked as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data. This change will impact users who do not have PII access. They will not see those fields they had previously been able to see.
  • Additional data and additional transaction types for ECP and Pay.gov. The data for the additional transaction types is available on the Financial Transaction reports and in the XML extracts:
    • ECP manual Adjustment vouchers are now available.
    • The following Pay.gov transactions are now available:
      • For Plastic Card – Cancelled transactions, and Successful and Unsuccessful authorizations
      • For ACH – Representments, Cancelled and Failed transactions
      • Form data that is not yet associated with a financial transaction.

The Impacts Document for the TRS Release 3.18 lists the changes and impacts to TRS XML extracts and standard reports. As a result of some of these changes, users with scheduled reports or reports saved to My Favorites may need to change their search criteria. Users should view the document to assess any impacts to saved or scheduled reports.

TRS June 2012 Release Reporting Impacts document

TRS Topics are brief presentations intended to provide additional information on various TRS topics and functions. The Security Users Series provides information for TRS Security Users to assist them in understanding their roles and responsibilities and to explain the steps that may be necessary to reactivate or maintain users within their access groups. TRS Topics are posted on the Training and User Support page.

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   Last Updated:  September 05, 2014