The Federal Reserve Banks will decommission the ability to fax supporting documentation for check adjustments cases in the summer of 2020. This update supports the Federal Reserve Banks’ ongoing objectives to help simplify and streamline the process for submitting adjustments requests. It is critical that your institution review its internal processes and plan for this upcoming change to avoid potential disruptions. A confirmed date of these changes will be announced soon.

Check Adjustments Subscribers who currently upload a text (TXT) file to submit check adjustments cases and then fax their supporting documentation will need to adopt an alternate process for sending in attachments. See below for a summary of recommended options for your institution.

Option 1: JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file upload

Upload a check adjustments message file via the JSON file format, which allows users to imbed attachments directly into the upload file. Testing for the JSON file is currently available.

For a JSON test file extract and specifications, log in to FedLine® Home and follow this path: Training > Resources > Check > Check Adjustments 2019 Upgrades. These specifications will be made available in the Training section of FedLine Home in March 2020.

Option 2: TXT file upload

Upload a check adjustments message file via the TXT file format. When an attachment is needed, the message will reject to the Subscriber’s Outbox so they can electronically add the attachment before submission. This option will be available to test in March 2020.

Please note that if a message’s Documents to Follow (DTF) indicator shows F, M or Y and an attachment is either required or optional for the investigation type, the message will automatically reject to the Outbox for the Subscriber to manually add before submitting.

For a TXT test file extract and specifications, log in to FedLine Home and follow this path: Training > Resources > Check > Check Adjustments 2019 Upgrades.

Questions

Additional information regarding electronically adding attachments through the Outbox can be found in the Training section of FedLine Home. If you have any questions, please contact your account executive or FedACH® and Check Services Customer Support.