Payment Application Modernization (PAM)
PAM Standard Payment Request format
Conversion to the PAM Standard Payment Request (SPR) is required for submitting bulk payment files to the Bureau of Fiscal Service by October 1, 2014.
SPR Version 5.0.0 provides up-to-date file structure, data elements and validations for requesting payments. When to use this version:
PAM SPR Consular / GEO Codes
The PAM Standard Payment Request file includes Consular Codes, also known as GEO Codes. These are 3-character codes for mailing bulk check shipments to foreign countries via the consulate.
CTX Payment Processing
With conversion to PAM SPR Version 5.0.0, Corporate Trade Exchange (CTX) payments must be sent to PAM with an EDI X12 fully formatted 820 addenda.
CTX is a corporate ACH format which allows for up to 9,999 addenda records with approximately 800,000 characters. The large addendum record capability enables transmission of complete remittance information with the CTX payment, allowing one CTX payment to cover multiple invoices.
Traditionally used for Vendor Payments, the CTX format can also be used by agencies to make payments of Allotments and Deductions (e.g.., making one monthly CTX payment to a Union which covers union dues deducted from all member's salary payments). Agencies may also process child support payments using the CTX format to a State Child Support Enforcement Agency or its State Disbursement Unit (SDU).
SPR Version 4.2.1 continues to be supported for agencies that previously converted to the SPR. This version cannot be used to process CTX payments.
PAM Agency Connect Direct Notification
Agencies can request to receive a notification report that provides the results of file validation via email or via Connect:Direct (C:D). The C:D report is formatted to allow an agency to upload results to its internal applications.