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F ederal R eserve Bank


March 19, 1993

DALLAS. TEXAS 7 5 2 2 2

Notice 93-36


The Chief Executive Officer of all
financial institutions in the
Eleventh Federal Reserve District
Consolidation of Federal Reserve Automation Services

After a two-year study of automation strategy and resources, the
Federal Reserve System has concluded that significant benefits can be realized
by consolidating its mainframe data processing centers. These systems process
over $1.2 trillion in electronic payments each business day and must be highly
reliable and cost-effective. The consolidation will meet both requirements.
We have created a new entity called the Federal Reserve Automation Services,
commonly referred to by the acronym FRAS, to administer and operate three
consolidated data processing and data communications centers. Those centers
are located in Dallas, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; and East Rutherford, New
Jersey (a Federal Reserve Bank of New York site).
We expect the automation consolidation project will lead to
significant improvements in the reliability and availability of critical
payments systems, including funds and securities transfers and ACH
transactions. The consolidation will also result in enhanced contingency
processing capabilities, improved security, increased operating efficiencies,
and more consistent levels of services for these critical payment systems, as
well as for many of our other services. In addition, new centralized
application software will be developed for critical business functions such as
ACH, funds and securities transfers, and accounting. Together, these changes
are expected to provide improved service quality and functionality, while
realizing significant cost savings in the long run.
The transition to the new processing environment began in late 1992
and will take approximately three years to complete. However, with an effort
of this magnitude, there will be many changes to the present operating
environment. Initial changes will be internal to the Federal Reserve, but
customers in the Eleventh District will begin to see some changes toward the
For additional copies, bankers and others are encouraged to use one of the following toll-free numbers in contacting the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas:
Dallas Office (800) 333-4460; El Paso Branch Intrastate (800) 592-1631, Interstate (800) 351-1012; Houston Branch Intrastate (800) 392-4162,
Interstate (800) 221-0363; San Antonio Branch Intrastate (800) 292-5810.

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end of the first quarter of 1993. We want to assure you that it is our intent
to try to minimize the impact on you of the transition to the new environment.
At the present time, we are evaluating all business and technical areas to
identify changes that will affect our customers. Some of the changes listed
below will affect you but will not require any effort on your part while
others will require your participation. We will make every effort to provide
sufficient lead time for changes you may have to make so you may work with
your vendor or make changes to your system in a timely manner.

Data Security procedures will change. You will nolonger make
ACF2 security changes as you do today. In April we will begin
using more of the Fedline software’s security functions.


Changes that affect Fedline customers will be incorporated in
the Fedline software and distributed to you in advance of
required use.


All computer processing will use a standard system time
(Eastern Standard Time) which will affect most applications and
the time displayed on reports you receive.


Computer Interface (Cl) customers using the FRISC protocol will
be required to make some network definition changes. All
required changes for the FRISC protocol have been distributed
to affected financial institutions. Also, revised Computer
Interface Protocol Specifications (CIPS) documents will be
distributed in the fall of this year.


A new testing environment will be available to customers at the
consolidation data centers. A dedicated customer testing
system will allow Reserve Banks to provide additional testing
services, such as expanded training facilities and unsupervised
-- and perhaps unscheduled -- testing services, over a much
broader test window than is available today.

As consolidation and implementation of centralized applications
proceed, thorough testing of the network configurations and other changes will
be necessary. As a result, we will request your help to test the new
environment. Test scripts will be developed and made available before any
tests are conducted and advance notice will be given when test time is
We will publish more detailed information regarding changes, test
time and the overall transition schedule as data are available. The network,
help desk, and customer support contacts that you interface with today will
remain the same as we go through the transition process and continue in the




Any project of this scope and magnitude is always dependent on the
cooperation and support of all involved. We know that we can depend on your
assistance to help make this critical transition successful.
For more information, or if you have questions regarding this
information, please contact Larry Ripley at (214) 922-6429 or 1-800-333-4460,
extension 6429.
For additional copies of this Bank’s notice, please contact the
Public Affairs Department at (214) 922-5254.