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Post Payment System (PPS)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is PPS?

PPS will be the system of record for over 1 billion payments and associated exceptions that occur on an annual basis.

PPS will combine all post payment exception processing into a single application by merging activities from many existing applications and improving the various processes.

What legacy applications will PPS replace?

  • Payments, Claims & Enhanced Reconciliation (PACER) System
  • Tele-TRACE
  • Treasury Check Information System (TCIS)
  • Treasury Offset Program Control System (TCS)
  • Treasury Receivable Accounting and Collection System (TRACS)

When are the legacy applications expected to be decommissioned?

  • PACER - PPS Release 5.0
  • Tele-TRACE - PPS Release 5.0
  • TCIS - PPS Release 4.0
  • TCS - PPS Release 5.0
  • TRACS - PPS Release 4.0

Why is an Automated Clearing House (ACH) Payment Returned?

An ACH Return occurs when a financial institution returns an ACH payment to the Fiscal Service, due to reasons such as an invalid or closed account.

Chapter 4 of the Green Book describes the return process for federal payments.

Why is a Check Payment Returned?

Returned Checks occur when a U.S. Treasury check is returned via the U.S. Postal Service to the Fiscal Service for cancellation due to such reasons as an invalid address.

What is an Automated Clearing House (ACH) Reclamation?

An ACH Reclamation occurs when a federal agency issuing benefit payments requests the Fiscal Service to recover the ACH payment issued to a recipient after learning of their death.

Chapter 5 of the Green Book provides guidance on processing ACH reclamations.

What is a Check Reclamation?

Check reclamation is a recovery procedure used by the Fiscal Service to obtain refunds (reclamations) from a presenting financial institution for paid U.S. Treasury checks.

All reclamations initiated after October 19, 2011 are sent to the financial institution via a Notice of Direct Debit (U.S. Treasury Check Reclamation).

The Gold Book provides guidance on processing check reclamations.

What is a Courtesy Deposit?

Financial institutions on occasion return funds via check payment to the Fiscal Service intended for another government agency. Fiscal Service makes the deposit of this payment on behalf of the agency and transfers the funds to them through intergovernmental channels.

What is a Check Claim?

A check claim occurs when the government determines the original check was negotiated and the payee has claimed non-receipt.

What is Tele-TRACE?

A research method where a Government Disbursing Office representative will contact a financial institution, by telephone, to resolve a payee’s claim that he/she did not receive an ACH payment.

Chapter 3 of the Green Book provides an explanation of the Nonreceipt Claims process.

What is a Notification of Change?

Notification of Change (NOC) is used to change and/or correct account information for federal government transactions processed through the Automated Clearing House (ACH).

The procedures contained in Chapter 6 of the Green Book apply ONLY to federal government NOCs.


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