Payment Application Modernization (PAM)
PAM Standard Payment Request (SPR) formats
SPR Version 5.0.0 provides the up-to-date bulk payment file structure, data elements and validations for requesting payments. When to use this version:
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 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.
PAM and SPS Country Codes
The PAM Standard Payment Request file and the SPS Schedule Upload 440 file include Country Codes. These are 2-character codes for International ACH and IAT payments.
CTX Payment Processing
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 members’ 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).
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.
Agency notifications were enhanced in 2014 to include: