FedCash® Services Business Continuity Guide

During a service disruption, you may be requested to prioritize your orders and retain and/or reuse your excess (fit and unfit) currency. You can also exchange currency and coin among your organization's branches.

If your local Federal Reserve Bank office becomes inaccessible for a sustained period of time, you may be directed to place orders with other Federal Reserve Bank offices.

If there are changes to Federal Reserve Bank operations, such as extended or shortened dock hours or activation of buddy bank sites, advise your armored carriers (as applicable).

In the event of a service disruption, refer to Service Status to obtain the current operational status, instructions on what you can do and contact information for further questions.

Severe weather or localized power outages may impact normal FedCash® Services operations, local transportation networks or other key infrastructure.

 

Disruption to FedCash Services

Overview

The Federal Reserve System's FedCash Services processes orders for currency and coin and accepts deposits of excess fit and unfit currency and excess coin from domestic and international DIs.

Orders are typically made via FedLine Web®.

Disruptions to Federal Reserve FedCash Services will typically take two forms: automated cash ordering disruptions, and building or other site-specific disruptions.

Automated Cash Ordering Disruptions

In the event of a FedLine Web® disruption that affects the automated Cash ordering systems at a Federal Reserve office, the processing of FedLine Web orders may be suspended until such a time as the affected system is restored. When automated ordering systems are unavailable, Cash customers can place orders for currency or coin via telephone or facsimile. If you cannot use your normal ordering channels, please call your FedCash Services at your local Federal Reserve Office.

Building and Other Site-Specific Disruptions

Federal Reserve System FedCash operations may be affected by inclement weather (hurricane, flooding, snowstorms, etc.), power outages, and other events. Such events may cause disruptions to normal Federal Reserve office operations, as well as to local transportation networks and other key infrastructure. If your local Federal Reserve office becomes inaccessible for an extended period of time, you may be directed to place orders with other Federal Reserve offices. Federal Reserve offices have established various means of informing customers of such events. To learn more about how your local Federal Reserve office will respond to a site-specific disruption, please refer to FedCash Services at your local Federal Reserve Office.

How You Should Prepare

If a major disruption to service occurs, your local Federal Reserve office may not be able to meet your ordinary needs for currency and coin. To prepare for disruptions to your normal currency and coin supply resulting from an emergency situation, you may want to consider the following:

What You Can Expect

Federal Reserve System FedCash Services have devoted significant attention and resources to reduce the likelihood of a service disruption and to continue operations in case problems do occur. However, and particularly in the early stages of a problem, your institution may encounter a temporary disruption in normal service levels. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

Debits and Credits

Your institution may experience delays in receiving debits and credits for currency and coin orders and deposits.

Currency and Coin Orders

In the event of an emergency, temporary restrictions may be placed on the amount of currency and coin your institution can order from a particular Federal Reserve office. You may also experience delays in having your orders fulfilled.

Currency and Coin Deposits

Disruptions that affect Federal Reserve System FedCash operations may cause your institution to experience delays in making deposits. If a Federal Reserve office is aware of an incoming deposit, and is in a position to do so, it may work with your institution’s armored carrier to redirect that deposit.

Hours of Operation

Your institution may experience changes in hours of operation and/or pickup and delivery schedules.

Event Communications

Depository Institutions (DIs) and armored carriers will be notified of a disruption and provided information about the event, including their local Federal Reserve office's availability and changes in the provision of Cash Services. FRBServices.org website is the Federal Reserve's primary communication channel for events affecting FedCash Services. Event-related announcements and information on potential impacts to service delivery are posted on the Latest News, Customer Communications, and Service Status pages. For some events, broadcast messages via FedLine Web and direct email announcements are distributed to FedLine Web® Cash Services subscribers. DIs and carriers are also encouraged to visit the FedCash Services at your local Federal Reserve Office.

What You Should Do

Depository Institutions

  • For large-scale business disruptions check Service Status, your local Federal Reserve office’s web site or FedLine Web for updated information.
  • If you become aware of a business disruption at a Federal Reserve office, please notify appropriate operations personnel in your organization.
  • Notify armored carriers of your operating status, special needs, alternate site(s), and revised hours of operation, if known.
  • If our automated ordering systems are unavailable, or you need to speak with somebody at the Federal Reserve, please call FedCash Services at your local Federal Reserve Office.
  • To help your Federal Reserve office expedite a full recovery, please attempt to minimize the points of contact within your organization who are calling that Federal Reserve office.
  • Place only critical orders.
  • Retain and/or reuse your excess currency (fit and unfit).
  • Exchange currency and coin among your branches.
  • Contact your correspondent and other DIs for cash services.
  • If you can, use your branches/cash vaults in other Federal Reserve zones to order and receive on your behalf.
  • Please note that if there is a disruption at a Federal Reserve office that causes your institution’s orders or deposits to be delayed or directed to another Federal Reserve office, cross-shipping fees will be waived.

Armored Carriers

Though it is usually DIs that hire armored carrier services, during business continuity events, the Federal Reserve may communicate with carriers directly about Federal Reserve System operations or obtain armored carrier services on its own behalf. No communications or actions by the Federal Reserve are intended to interfere with the carrier-DI business relationship.

  • For large-scale business disruptions check Service Status or your local Federal Reserve office’s web site for updated information.
  • If you become aware of a business disruption at a Federal Reserve office, please notify appropriate personnel in your organization.
  • If you need to speak with somebody at the Federal Reserve, please call FedCash Services at your local Federal Reserve Office.
  • To help your Federal Reserve office expedite a full recovery, please attempt to minimize the points of contact within your organization who are calling the Federal Reserve office.
  • If the Federal Reserve changes its hours of operation or switches to alternate site(s), you may receive notification from DIs, the Federal Reserve, or both.
  • The Federal Reserve may ask you to communicate with it directly about your status and concerns or ask you to participate in conference calls.
  • The Federal Reserve may inquire about your availability and/or fees to: (a) provide transportation for special shipments, (b) operate your services outside normal working hours, (c) operate a Federal Reserve-sponsored Stem Run (special armored carrier transportation run that delivers currency orders directly to a DI or carrier location), etc. as part of responding to an event.
  • The Federal Reserve may ask you to participate in a Federal Reserve-sponsored Stem Run as a drop point, which involves providing information about facilities, contacts, and potential drop-off schedules and confirming your willingness to comply with Stem Run controls and procedures.
  • You may be asked to use your sites near other Federal Reserve offices to pick up orders and make deposits.
  • Because DIs may be asked to exchange currency and coin among branches or between DIs, you may be asked to provide transportation or other services to facilitate exchanges, either within your facility, among your sites, or with other carriers.
  • Because DIs may be asked to retain and re-use currency, you may be asked to provide services to facilitate retention and re-use, which may include changes to ATM servicing arrangements.
  • Ensure you are prepared during a disruption by reviewing the Checklist for Fed-Related Preparations (PDF).

After a Disruption

Continue to use the designated site for pickups and deliveries until your institution has been notified that your local Federal Reserve office has returned to normal business operations.

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