Moving Forward with TRS: CA$HLINK II Shutdown – Dec. 31, 2012
By DaVida Beaner, Accounting and Data Management Division
What is TRS & What will it do?
The Transaction Reporting System (TRS) is a collections reporting tool, supplying the latest information on deposits and detail of collections transactions to federal agencies. The system will allow financial transaction information from all collections systems and settlement mechanisms to be exchanged in a single system. TRS is a key component of the Collections and Cash Management Modernization initiative, a multi-year effort to simplify and modernize FMS's and Treasury's collections and cash management programs.
Collections Data in TRS
The majority of collections data is available in TRS. As of July 2012, TRS received additional collections information reported through the Federal Reserve Banks (FRBs), such as check capture voucher data from the Over the Counter Channel Application (OTCnet) and Paper Check Conversion Over the Counter, FRB checks, and FRB miscellaneous credits and debits. TRS also started receiving voucher data for all federal agency taxes and stored value cards. In September, TRS will begin receiving details for OTCnet check capture transactions. During the fourth quarter of Calendar Year (CY)2012, historical collections information dating back to 2005 from CA$HLINK II will become available in TRS.
TRS Enrollment and Utilization
If you use collections reporting in CA$HLINK II, it is time for you to use TRS. TRS has collections information from all expected collections sources.If you have received your TRS user ID, you must login to TRS and use it regularly. If your user ID is inactive, contact your
TRS security user or the TRS call center at TRS@pnc.com to learn the name of your TRS security user.
If you are unaware of your agency's enrollment status, contact the TRS agency outreach team at TRSAgencyOutreach@pnc.com.
By Aug. 31, 2012, all agencies must complete their TRS enrollment and reactivate inactive users. Agency security users are responsible for reactivating TRS user IDs and for monitoring and maintaining their users' user ID status. Security users should reference the TRS Security User Reference Manual and the web-based training modules within TRS to learn about their responsibilities. They also can view the new TRS topics available on the TRS website www.fms.treas.gov/trs/index.html.
CA$HLINK II Scheduled Downloads
On Sept. 30, 2012, FMS will turn off the capability to schedule and receive agency Fedwire message summary and detail download files and Remittance Express (REX) Automated Clearing House (ACH) download files. Agencies will no longer be able to download the associated data files or receive data for Fedwire messages and REX ACH transactions through existing external interfaces.
This information was also outlined for federal government agencies in Commissioner Lebryk's "Letters to CFOs" available on the FMS website at www.fms.treas.gov/cfo_lttr.html.
If your agency downloads data files from CA$HLINK II and loads these files into an internal system and you have not confirmed your business process transition with the TRS agency outreach team, please contact us immediately at TRSAgencyOutreach@pnc.com. FMS expects agencies to complete modifications to their systems and processes to accept downloads or system-to-system interfaces from TRS, instead of CA$HLINK II, by Sept. 30, 2012.
When CA$HLINK II is shutdown on Dec. 31, 2012, TRS will be the primary source of information for collections reporting. Are you ready?