Fedwire® Services Testing Process via the FedLine Direct® Access Solution

For the convenience of our customers, the Federal Reserve Banks maintain a list of vendors that offer products or services that are designed to interface with the Fedwire Funds Service and/or the Fedwire Securities Service via the FedLine Direct access solution. To be included on the list, vendors, under the sponsorship of a depository institution, must complete the testing process described below. The Federal Reserve Banks DO NOT endorse any specific vendor or product or service and make no representations or warranties with respect to any vendor or product or service other than that the vendor has certified to them that it has successfully executed a prescribed test script for the product or service listed. The Federal Reserve Banks do not independently verify that the vendor successfully executed the prescribed test script.

Sponsorship

The Federal Reserve Banks require that a depository institution sponsor each vendor that requests to participate in the testing process.

To initiate the testing process, the Sponsoring Depository Institution must submit, on behalf of the vendor, a FedLine Direct and Fedwire Services Vendor Sponsorship Agreement (PDF) to the Customer Contact Center, as indicated on the form.

Testing

To complete the testing process, a vendor must certify to the Federal Reserve Banks that it has successfully executed a test script designed to demonstrate that a customer using the product or service would be able to:

  • Connect to the Federal Reserve Banks' Depository Institution Test (DIT) environment through the FedLine Direct access solution;
  • Establish a session between its middleware environment and the Federal Reserve Banks' middleware environment;
  • Deliver properly formatted Fedwire Funds Service and/or Fedwire Securities Service messages to the Federal Reserve Banks and receive and process acknowledgments;
  • Receive and process Fedwire Funds Service and/or Fedwire Securities Service notifications, broadcasts and reports delivered by the Federal Reserve Banks; and
  • Appropriately handle error and exception conditions.

The Wholesale Testing Unit will provide the vendor and its sponsoring depository institution with the test script and will assist them during the testing process.

To remain on the list, a vendor may be required to retest its product or service from time to time, such as when there has been a material change to the product or service (e.g., a new version of software for operating the product or service or changes to the hardware platform on which the product or service runs), to the Fedwire Funds Service or Fedwire Securities Service, or to the FedLine Direct access solution.

The Federal Reserve Banks do not independently verify that the vendor successfully executed the prescribed test script.

Even if a depository institution plans to use a product or service appearing on the list to interface with the Fedwire Funds Service and/or Fedwire Securities Service through the FedLine Direct access solution, it must test that implementation before beginning production processing.

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