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File Transmissions

File Transmissions

File transmissions support a scheduled extract of collections data by download or system-to-system interface. Unlike online reports for which criteria may be selected at the time the user would like to view data, data from a download is based on criteria and a schedule established in advance by the agency.

CIR (formerly TRS) allows an agency to select what will be included in its file transmissions by both content and parameters. Content options will include:

  • Detail only

  • Summary only - deposit level data

  • Both summary and detail

The parameters that may be selected include:
  • Frequency of file generation

  • Selection criteria (ALCs, accounts, date range, collections systems, etc.)

IMPORTANT: CIR XML extracts use FMS Transmission Message schema version 4.3. You may download the files for the 4.3 schema as either a single zipped file, or as individual XSD (XML Schema Design) files.

For agencies interested in establishing a system-to-system interface between CIR and their system, the CIR Team will work with an agency’s Information Technology (IT) staff to arrange for the two systems to communicate directly with each other.

The following are resources for agencies interested in implementing file transmissions.

  • The Specification for CIR XML Extract Files – 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. Select here to view the Specification for CIR XML Extract FilesPDF file - Specification for CIR XML Extract Files (1.62 MB).

  • Three XML files that provide a sample of the structure reported for each the following collections systems: Electronic Check Processing (ECP), Card Acquiring Service (CAS),, Credit Gateway FEDWIRE, and Credit Gateway ACH. Specific values have been replaced with the description of the data that would be reported as meta data information. This may help agencies understand what data is reported in each data element depending on the collections system and the expected structure. Please note that these are just samples. They do not provide every scenario that can be reported and they do not have any agency-specific values.

  • The XSD – XML Schema Definitions for CIR-maintained Sub-schema - supplies all of the information needed for understanding and processing the CIR-defined sub-schema, referred to as the TRS Trading Partner Agreement . This is an XSD document to be used in conjunction with the XSD files available on the FMS Enterprise Data Architecture Website.

    • If you have problems viewing the XSD document through your Web browser, click here to download XML Notepad 2007, a free XML reader available from Microsoft.
    • If this message appears: “This content might not be displayed properly”, click the message bar and select “Show Restricted Content”. You will then have the option to run or save XML Notepad 2007, whose file name is XmlNotepad2007.msi. Select “Run”, then follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    • Select here to view the XSD.

To begin a system-to-system interface between CIR and your agency, please fill out the Request FormPDF file - Rev. May 2010 and send it to the CIR Call Center at

   Last Updated:  September 05, 2014