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:

  • Agencies that are newly converting to the PAM SPR
  • Agencies that process CTX payments
  • Agencies with a need to populate the optional Do Not Pay record

Input File Specifications – Standard Payment Request v5.0.0PDF file (1.13 mb)

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.

Input File Specifications – Standard Payment Request v4.2.1PDF file (820 kb)

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.

Consular Codes for Bulk Payment ChecksPDF file (81 kb)

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.

Country Codes for International ACH and IAT PaymentsPDF file (230 kb)

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).

CTX Addendum Supplement to PAM SPR v 5.0.0PDF file (817 kb)

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:

  • Invalid RTNs and the number of associated payments
  • Do Not Pay screening results

Output File Specification – Agency Notification (Connect:Direct) v 7.1.0PDF file (537 kb)
Output File Specification – Agency Notification (Email) v 7.0.1PDF file (99 kb)

   Last Updated:  January 07, 2015