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Download as PDF 65937 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices Effective on November 6, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Boyd, Executive Director, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, (202) 434–9910. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice announces the appointment of the following primary and alternate members to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission PRB: DATES: Primary Members Cynthia Z. Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Accounting and Shared Services, Bureau of the Fiscal Service Matthew J. Miller, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Governmentwide Accounting, Bureau of the Fiscal Service D. Michael Linder, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Fiscal Accounting, Bureau of the Fiscal Service Douglas Anderson, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Shared Services, Bureau of the Fiscal Service Donald Keith Rake, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Shared Services, Bureau of the Fiscal Service Alternate Members None. Authority: 5 U.S.C. 4313(c)(4) Lisa M. Boyd, Executive Director, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–26416 Filed 11–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6735–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM [Docket No. OP–1500] Federal Reserve Bank Services Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has approved the private sector adjustment factor (PSAF) for 2015 of $18.0 million and the 2015 fee schedules for Federal Reserve priced services and electronic access. These actions were taken in accordance with the requirements of the Monetary Control Act of 1980, which requires that, over the long run, fees for Federal Reserve priced services be established on the basis of all direct and indirect costs, including the PSAF. DATES: The new fee schedules become effective January 2, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the fee schedules: Susan V. Foley, Associate Director, (202) 452–3596; Samantha J. Pelosi, Manager, Retail Payments, (202/530– 6292); Linda S. Healey, Senior Financial Services Analyst, (202) 452–5274, Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. For questions regarding the PSAF: Gregory L. Evans, Deputy Associate Director, (202) 452– 3945; Brenda L. Haase, Manager, Financial Accounting, (202) 452–2753; or Manuel Garcia, Senior Financial Analyst, (202) 452–3480), Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment SUMMARY: Systems. For users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, please call (202) 263–4869. Copies of the 2015 fee schedules for the check service are available from the Board, the Federal Reserve Banks, or the Reserve Banks’ financial services Web site at www.frbservices.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Private Sector Adjustment Factor, Priced Services Cost Recovery, and Overview of 2015 Price Changes A. Overview—Each year, as required by the Monetary Control Act of 1980, the Reserve Banks set fees for priced services provided to depository institutions. These fees are set to recover, over the long run, all direct and indirect costs and imputed costs, including financing costs, taxes, and certain other expenses, as well as the return on equity (profit) that would have been earned if a private business firm provided the services. The imputed costs and imputed profit are collectively referred to as the PSAF. From 2004 through 2013, the Reserve Banks recovered 102.0 percent of their total expenses (including imputed costs) and targeted after-tax profits or return on equity (ROE) for providing priced services.1 Table 1 summarizes 2013 actual, 2014 estimated, and 2015 budgeted costrecovery rates for all priced services. Cost recovery is estimated to be 100.8 percent in 2014 and budgeted to be 101.9 percent in 2015. TABLE 1—AGGREGATE PRICED SERVICES PRO FORMA COST AND REVENUE PERFORMANCE a [Dollars in millions] 1b Revenue YEAR 2013 (actual) ........................................................................ 2014 (estimate) .................................................................... 2015 (budget) ....................................................................... 2c Total expense 441.3 429.0 414.4 3 Net income (ROE) [1¥2] 409.3 419.9 401.0 4d Targeted ROE 5e Recovery rate after targeted ROE [1/(2+4)] 4.2 5.5 5.6 106.7% 100.8 101.9 32.0 9.1 13.4 a Calculations in this table and subsequent pro forma cost and revenue tables may be affected by rounding. includes imputed income on investments when equity is imputed at a level that meets minimum capital requirements and, when combined with liabilities, exceeds total assets (attachment 1). c The calculation of total expense includes operating, imputed, and other expenses. Imputed and other expenses include taxes, FDIC insurance, Board of Governors’ priced services expenses, the cost of float, and interest on imputed debt, if any. Credits or debits related to the accounting for pension plans under FAS 158 [ASC 715] are also included. d Targeted ROE is the after-tax ROE included in the PSAF. e The recovery rates in this and subsequent tables do not reflect the unamortized gains or losses that must be recognized in accordance with FAS 158 [ASC 715]. Future gains or losses, and their effect on cost recovery, cannot be projected. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES b Revenue 1 The ten-year recovery rate is based on the pro forma income statement for Federal Reserve priced services published in the Board’s Annual Report. Effective December 31, 2006, the Reserve Banks implemented Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 158: Employers’ Accounting VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans [Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 715 Compensation—Retirement Benefits], which resulted in recognizing a cumulative reduction in equity related to the priced services’ benefit plans. Including this cumulative PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reduction in equity from 2006 to 2013 results in cost recovery of 95.9 percent for the ten-year period. This measure of long-run cost recovery is also published in the Board’s Annual Report. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65938 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices Table 2 provides an overview of costrecovery performance for the ten-year period from 2004 to 2013, 2013 actual, 2014 budget, 2014 estimate, and 2015 budget by priced service. TABLE 2—PRICED SERVICES COST RECOVERY [Percent] Priced service 2004–2013 All services ........................................................................... Check ................................................................................... FedACH ............................................................................... Fedwire Funds and NSS ..................................................... Fedwire Securities ............................................................... 2013 Actual 102.0 102.0 102.1 101.5 102.2 2014 Budget a 2014 Estimate 2015 Budget b 102.3 108.8 99.2 98.0 98.0 100.8 114.2 86.5 101.3 100.1 101.9 105.4 100.0 100.8 96.5 106.7 115.4 101.2 98.6 105.0 a The 2014 budget figures reflect the final budgets as approved by the Board in December 2013. 2015 budget figures reflect preliminary budget information from the Reserve Bank. The Reserve Banks will submit final budget data to the Board in November 2014, for Board consideration in December 2014. b The mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. 2014 Estimated Performance—The Reserve Banks estimate that they will recover 100.8 percent of the costs of providing priced services in 2014, including total expense and targeted ROE of $5.5 million, compared with a budgeted recovery rate of 102.3 percent, as shown in table 2. Overall, the Reserve Banks estimate that they will fully recover actual and imputed costs and earn net income of $9.1 million, compared with budgeted net income of $15.0 million. Although the check service, the Fedwire® Funds and National Settlement Services, and the Fedwire Securities Service are expected to achieve full cost recovery, the FedACH® Service is expected to recover 86.5 percent of its costs because of a $31.6 million charge related to its investment associated with a multiyear technology initiative to modernize its processing platform.2 Greater-thanexpected check volume processed by the Reserve Banks has been the single most significant factor influencing priced services cost recovery. 2. 2015 Private Sector Adjustment Factor—The 2015 PSAF for Reserve Bank priced services is $18.0 million. This amount represents a decrease of $5.4 million from the 2014 PSAF of $23.4 million. This decrease is primarily the result of a reduction in the assets to be financed on the imputed pricedservices balance sheet and an associated decline in the cost of debt and equity. 3. 2015 Projected Performance—The Reserve Banks project a priced services cost-recovery rate of 101.9 percent in 2015, with net income of $13.4 million, 2 The Reserve Banks have been engaged in a multiyear technology initiative to modernize the FedACH processing platform by migrating the service from a mainframe system to a distributed computing environment. In late 2013, the Reserve Banks conducted an assessment focused on the viability and cost-effectiveness of the program. As a result, the Reserve Banks in 2014 suspended the program and began to investigate the use of other technology solutions. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 compared to a targeted ROE of $5.6 million. The Reserve Banks project that the check service, the FedACH Service, and the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Service will fully recover their costs; however, the Reserve Banks project that the Fedwire Securities Service will not achieve full-cost recovery because of investment costs associated with multiyear technology initiatives to modernize its processing platform. These investments are expected to enhance efficiency, the overall quality of operations, and the Reserve Banks’ ability to offer additional services to depository institutions. The primary risks to the Reserve Banks’ ability to achieve their targeted cost recovery rates are unanticipated volume and revenue reductions and the potential for cost overruns with the technology modernization initiatives. In light of these risks, the Reserve Banks will continue to refine their business and operational strategies to manage aggressively operating costs, to increase product revenue, and to leverage efficiencies gained from technology initiatives. 4. 2015 Pricing—The following summarizes the Reserve Banks’ changes in fee schedules for priced services in 2015: Check • In October, the Reserve Banks announced a 12:00 noon ET deadline (but not the associated fee schedules) for the FedForward® product line, specifically, Mixed, Select Mixed, and Premium Mixed D products, which will provide the Reserve Banks an opportunity to present forward items to paying banks one day earlier.3 4 5 3 All times are stated in the Eastern Time Zone (ET). 4 Depository institutions may deposit image cash letters using nine deposit options within the FedForward product line; the options vary in price structure and funds availability. A current list of FedForward deposit options can be found at http:// PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • In conjunction with the noon deadline, the Reserve Banks will reduce the per-item fees for tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 within the current Mixed deposit option. For the Select Mixed option, the Reserve Banks will increase the per-item fees for non-eligible items from $0.10 to $0.35 and to implement a $25 image cash letter (ICL) surcharge. For the Premium Mixed D option, the Reserve Banks will charge per-item fees $0.002 higher than the per-item fees at the current 1:00 a.m. deadline (with the exception of the substitute check fee, which will be $0.20 higher) and a $25 ICL surcharge. • The Reserve Banks will introduce two new deposit options to the FedForward Premium Mixed ICL products and to expand the list of eligible endpoints to the Select Mixed ICL products. • The Reserve Banks will increase the FedForward Deferred Mixed ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by $0.002 and $0.004, respectively. The Reserve Banks will increase the FedForward Deferred Fine Sort ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by $0.001 and $0.002, respectively. The Reserve Banks hope to encourage depositors to shift volume from the deferred availability product to one of the immediate-availability options at 12:00 noon. FedACH • The Reserve Banks will modify the FedACH Minimum Origination Fee calculation to include fees associated frbservices.org/servicefees/check_services_ 2014.html. 5 The Reserve Banks announced the new deadline in October, effective January 2, 2015, to provide both collecting banks and paying banks sufficient time to modify their processes to deposit and receive items at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The announcement can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/files/communications/ pdf/check/100314_updated_new_fedforward_ deposit_deadline.pdf. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices with SameDay and FedGlobal® origination transactions in the computation. • The Reserve Banks will reduce the volume tier thresholds for the FedACH Risk Management Services from 500,000 to 100,000 items monitored per month.6 Fedwire Funds and National Settlement • The Reserve Banks will reduce the per-item fee on all transfers that exceed $10 million (high-value transfer surcharge) from $0.15 to $0.14. The Reserve Banks will increase the monthly fee for the usage of the FedPayments® Manager import/export tool from $45 to $50. In addition, the Reserve Banks will increase the surcharge for offline transactions from $45 to $50.7 • The Reserve Banks will increase the Tier 1 per-item pre-incentive fee from $0.69 to $0.73 per transaction, increase the Tier 3 per-item pre-incentive fee from $0.14 to $0.15, and leave Tier 2 per-item pre-incentive fees unchanged.8 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6 The FedACH Risk Management Services includes FedACH Risk Origination Monitoring Service, FedACH Risk RDFI Alert Service, and FedACH Risk Returns Reporting Service. For more information, refer to http://frbservices.org/files/ serviceofferings/pdf/FedACHRiskServices.pdf. 7 The monthly fee is charged to any Fedwire Funds participant that originates a Fedwire Funds transfer message via the FedPayments Manager (FPM) Funds tool and has the import/export processing option setting active at any point during the month. 8 The per-item pre-incentive fee is the fee that the Reserve Banks charge for transfers that do not qualify for incentive discounts. The Tier 1 per-item pre-incentive fee applies to the first 14,000 transfers, the Tier 2 per-item pre-incentive fee VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 Fedwire Securities • The Reserve Banks will increase the online transfer fee from $0.54 to $0.65. • The Reserve Banks will increase the monthly account maintenance fee from $40 to $48 per account, and increase the monthly issue maintenance fee from $0.54 to $0.65 per issue. • The Reserve Banks will increase the Joint Custody origination surcharge from $40 to $44. FedLine® Access Solutions • The Reserve Banks will increase the fees on legacy services, such as an additional $10 per month for FedMail® Fax and $300 per month for FedLine Direct® (56K). The Reserve Banks also will raise the monthly fee for the 56K additional dedicated electronic access connection by $400 and to introduce a legacy device VPN surcharge of $2,500 per month.9 • The Reserve Banks will add a new package called FedLine Advantage® Premier to the FedLine packaged solutions that will be priced at $500 per month with FedTransaction Analyzer and a secondary VPN device.10 applies to the next 76,000 transfers, and the Tier 3 per-item pre-incentive fee applies to any additional transfers. The Reserve Banks apply an 80 percent incentive discount to every transfer over 60 percent of a customer’s historic benchmark volume. 9 Effective February 1, 2015. Price will increase to $5,000 on May 1, 2015 and $7,500 on September 1, 2015. 10 All customers, regardless of their chosen electronic access channel, are responsible for the purchase and installation of each VPN device. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65939 • The Reserve Banks will introduce two new tiers to the FedComplete® package solutions called FedComplete 100 Premier, priced at $850 per month, and FedComplete 200 Premier, priced at $1,375 per month, with FedLine Advantage Premier included. • The Reserve Banks will change the name of the FedMail Email package to FedLine Exchange; there is no change to the published fee. 5. 2015 Price Index—Figure 1 compares indexes of fees for the Reserve Banks’ priced services with the GDP price index starting in 2005, which is the first full year the Reserve Banks offered Check 21 services. The price index for Reserve Bank priced services is projected to increase approximately 1 percent in 2015 from the 2014 level. The price index for Check 21 services is projected to decrease approximately 3 percent. The price index for the FedACH Service is projected to decrease nearly 1 percent. The price index for the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services is projected to increase approximately 5 percent. The price index for the Fedwire Securities Services is projected to increase approximately 15 percent. For the period 2005 to 2014, the price index for total priced services is expected to decrease 32 percent. In comparison, for the period 2005 to 2013, the GDP price index increased 16 percent. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices B. Private Sector Adjustment Factor— The imputed debt financing costs, targeted ROE, and effective tax rate are based on a U.S. publicly traded firm market model.11 The method for calculating the financing costs in the PSAF requires determining the appropriate imputed levels of debt and equity and then applying the applicable financing rates. In this process, a pro forma balance sheet using estimated assets and liabilities associated with the Reserve Banks’ priced services is developed, and the remaining elements that would exist are imputed, as if these priced services were provided by a private business firm. The same generally accepted accounting principles that apply to commercialentity financial statements apply to the 11 Data for U.S. publicly traded firms is from the Standard and Poor’s Compustat® database. This database contains information on more than 6,000 U.S. publicly traded firms, which approximates the entirety of the U.S. market. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 relevant elements in the priced services pro forma financial statements. The portion of Federal Reserve assets that will be used to provide priced services during the coming year is determined using information about actual assets and projected disposals and acquisitions. The priced portion of these assets is determined based on the allocation of depreciation and amortization expenses of each asset class. The priced portion of actual Federal Reserve liabilities consists of postemployment and postretirement benefits, accounts payable, and other liabilities. The priced portion of the actual net pension asset or liability is also included on the balance sheet.12 The equity financing rate is the targeted ROE produced by the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). In the CAPM, the required rate of return on a 12 The pension assets are netted with the pension liabilities and reported as a net asset or net liability as required by ASC 715 Compensation—Retirement Benefits. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 firm’s equity is equal to the return on a risk-free asset plus a market risk premium. The risk-free rate is based on the three-month Treasury bill; the beta is assumed to be equal to 1.0, which approximates the risk of the market as a whole; and the market risk premium is based on the monthly returns in excess of the risk-free rate over the most recent 40 years. The resulting ROE reflects the return a shareholder would expect when investing in a private business firm. For simplicity, given that federal corporate income tax rates are graduated, state income tax rates vary, and various credits and deductions can apply, an actual income tax expense is not explicitly calculated for Reserve Bank priced services. Instead, the Board targets a pre-tax ROE that would provide sufficient income to fulfill the priced services’ imputed income tax obligations. To the extent that performance results are greater or less E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 EN06NO14.022</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65940 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES than the targeted ROE, income taxes are adjusted using the effective tax rate. Capital structure. The capital structure is imputed based on the imputed funding need (assets less liabilities), subject to minimum equity constraints. Short-term debt is imputed to fund the imputed short-term funding need. Long-term debt and equity are imputed to meet the priced services long-term funding need at a ratio based on the capital structure of the U.S. publicly traded firm market. The level of equity must meet the minimum equity constraints, which follow the FDIC requirements for a well-capitalized institution. The priced services must maintain equity of at least 5 percent of total assets and 10 percent of riskweighted assets.13 Any equity imputed that exceeds the amount needed to fund the priced services’ assets and meet the minimum equity constraints is offset by a reduction in imputed long-term debt. When imputed equity is larger than what can be offset by imputed debt, the excess is imputed as investments in Treasury securities; income imputed on these investments reduces the PSAF. Application of the Payment System Risk (PSR) Policy to the Fedwire Services. The Board recently approved revisions to the PSR policy to reflect the new international standards for financial market infrastructures (FMIs) developed by the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems and the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions in the Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures. The revised policy retains the expectation that the Fedwire Services will meet or exceed the applicable risk-management standards. Principle 15 states that an FMI should identify, monitor, and manage general business risk and hold sufficient liquid net assets funded by equity to cover potential general business losses so that it can continue 13 The FDIC rule, which was adopted as final on April 8, 2014, requires that well-capitalized institutions meet or exceed the following standards: (1) total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio of at least 10 percent, (2) tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets ratio of at least 8 percent, (3) common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets ratio of at least 6.5 percent, and (4) a leverage ratio (tier 1 capital to total assets) of at least 5 percent. Since all of the Federal Reserve priced services’ equity on the pro forma balance sheet qualifies as tier 1 capital, only requirements 1 and 4 are binding. The FDIC rule can be located at https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/ 2014/2014-04-08_notice_dis_c_fr.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 operations and services as a going concern if those losses materialize. Further, liquid net assets should at all times be sufficient to ensure a recovery or orderly wind-down of critical operations and services. The Fedwire Services do not face the risk that a business shock would cause the service to wind down in a disorderly manner and disrupt the stability of the financial system. In order to foster competition with private-sector FMIs, however, the Reserve Banks’ priced services will hold six months of the Fedwire Funds Service’s current operating expenses as liquid net financial assets and equity on the pro forma balance sheet.14 Current operating expenses are defined as normal business operating expenses on the income statement less depreciation, amortization, taxes, and interest on debt. The Fedwire Funds Service’s six months of operating expenses are computed based on its 2015 budget at $47.7 million.15 The revised PSR policy requirement is met in 2015 by the investments and equity imputed to the priced services balance sheet; therefore, there is no need to impute additional assets or equity. Effective tax rate. As with the imputed capital structure, the effective tax rate is calculated based on data from U.S. publicly traded firms. The tax rate is the mean of the weighted average rates of the U.S. publicly traded firm market over the past 5 years. Debt and equity financing. The imputed short- and long-term debt financing rates are derived from the nonfinancial commercial paper rates from the Federal Reserve Board’s H.15 Selected Interest Rates release (AA and A2/P2) and the annual Merrill Lynch Corporate & High Yield Index rate, respectively. The rates for debt and equity financing are applied to the priced services estimated imputed short-term debt, long-term debt, and equity needed to finance short- and long-term assets and meet equity requirements. The decrease in the 2015 PSAF is primarily due to lower financing costs 14 This requirement, which becomes effective on December 31, 2015, does not apply to the Fedwire Securities Service. There are no competitors to the Fedwire Securities Service that will face such a requirement, and imposing such a requirement when pricing securities services could artificially increase the cost of these services. 15 2015 budget pro forma as of October 8, 2014 based on initial transmission data. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65941 as a result of fewer priced services assets to be financed than in 2014. Debt and equity financing rates declined and less debt and equity was imputed to fund priced services assets. Projected 2015 Federal Reserve priced-services assets, reflected in table 3, have decreased $107.3 million from 2014, which is primarily the result of a decline in the deferred tax asset. As shown in table 3, the amount of longterm debt for the 2015 PSAF is $81.9 million, a decline of $37.4 million from $119.3 million in 2014. Imputed equity for 2015 is $71.9 million, a decrease of approximately $10.4 million from the equity imputed for 2014. In accordance with FAS 158 [ASC 715], this amount includes an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $523.7 million. Table 4 reflects the portion of shortand long-term assets that must be financed with actual or imputed liabilities and equity. Debt and equity imputed to fund the 2015 priced services assets within the observed market leverage ratio produced an equity level that did not meet the FDIC minimum equity requirements. As a result, additional equity was imputed to meet the FDIC requirements and imputed long-term debt was reduced. The ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets meets the required 10 percent of risk-weighted assets and equity exceeds 5 percent of total assets (table 6). In 2014, long-term debt and equity was imputed to meet the asset funding requirements and reflects the leverage ratio observed in the market; no additional equity was required (table 5). Table 5 shows the derivation of the 2015 and 2014 PSAF. Financing costs for 2015 are $4.3 million lower than in 2014. In addition to the decline in the levels of debt and equity mentioned above, the long-term debt and cost of equity declined 9 basis points and 5 basis points, respectively. The reduced equity balance and the lower cost of equity result in a pre-tax ROE that is $1.4 million lower than the 2014 pre-tax ROE. Imputed sales taxes declined to $3.3 million in 2015 from $3.5 million in 2014. The priced services portion of the Board’s expenses decreased $0.8 million to $3.3 million in 2015 from $4.1 million in 2014. The effective income tax rate used in 2015 decreased to 22.4 percent from 37.2 percent in 2014. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65942 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices TABLE 3—COMPARISON OF PRO FORMA BALANCE SHEETS FOR BUDGETED FEDERAL RESERVE PRICED SERVICES [Millions of dollars—projected average for year] 2015 Short-term assets: Receivables .......................................................................................................................... Materials and supplies .......................................................................................................... Prepaid expenses ................................................................................................................. Items in process of collection 16 .................................................................................................. 2014 Change 34.5 0.6 11.0 151.0 35.8 0.7 11.1 200.0 (1.3) (0.1) (0.1) (49.0) Total short-term assets ................................................................................................. Imputed investments 17 ................................................................................................................ Long-term assets: Premises 18 ........................................................................................................................... Furniture and equipment ...................................................................................................... Leasehold improvements and long-term prepayments ........................................................ Net pension asset ................................................................................................................. Deferred tax asset ................................................................................................................ 197.2 $600.0 247.7 $600.0 (50.5) $0.0 $116.2 39.9 91.5 79.6 222.8 $123.6 37.6 103.3 39.3 303.1 $(7.4) 2.3 (11.7) 40.2 (80.2) Total long-term assets ................................................................................................... 550.0 606.8 (56.8) Total assets ............................................................................................................ $1,347.2 $1,454.5 $(107.3) Short-term liabilities: Deferred credit items ............................................................................................................ Short-term debt ..................................................................................................................... Short-term payables ............................................................................................................. $751.0 18.5 27.6 $800.0 22.2 25.5 $(49.0) (3.6) 2.1 Total short-term liabilities .............................................................................................. Long-term liabilities: Long-term debt ..................................................................................................................... Postemployment/postretirement benefits and net pension liabilities 19 ................................ 797.2 847.7 (50.5) $81.9 396.3 $119.3 405.2 $(37.4) (8.9) Total liabilities ................................................................................................................ Equity 17 20 .................................................................................................................................... $1,275.3 $71.9 $1,372.2 $82.3 $(96.9) $(10.4) Total liabilities and equity ....................................................................................... $1,347.2 $1,454.5 $(107.3) TABLE 4—IMPUTED FUNDING FOR PRICED-SERVICES ASSETS [Millions of dollars] 2015 2014 $34.5 0.6 11.0 $35.8 0.7 11.1 Total short-term assets to be financed ............................................................................................................ Short-term payables .................................................................................................................................. $46.2 27.6 $47.7 25.5 Net short-term assets to be financed ........................................................................................................... $18.5 $22.2 Imputed short-term debt financing 21 ................................................................................................. $18.5 $22.2 B. Long-term asset financing Long-term assets to be financed. Premises .................................................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES A. Short-term asset financing Short-term assets to be financed. Receivables ............................................................................................................................................... Materials and supplies .............................................................................................................................. Prepaid expenses ...................................................................................................................................... $116.2 $123.6 16 Credit float, which represents the difference between items in process of collection and deferred credit items, occurs when the Reserve Banks debit the paying bank for transactions prior to providing credit to the depositing bank. Float is directly estimated at the service level. 17 Consistent with the Federal Reserve Policy on Payment System Risk, the Reserve Banks’ priced services will hold six months of the Fedwire Funds Service’s current operating expenses as liquid net financial assets and equity on the pro forma balance sheet. Six months of the Fedwire Funds Service’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 projected operating expenses is $47.7 million. As this requirement takes effect on the last day of the year, the minimum liquid financial assets and equity requirement is $0.1 million ($47.7 million/ 365). The investments and equity imputed to the priced services balance sheet of $600 million and $71.9 million, respectively, are greater than the liquid financial assets and equity required; therefore no additional imputation is necessary. 18 Includes the allocation of Board of Governors assets to priced services of $0.7 and $0.6 million for 2015 and 2014, respectively. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19 Includes the allocation of Board of Governors liabilities to priced services of $0.6 million and $0.6 million for 2015 and 2014, respectively. 20 Includes an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $523.7 million for 2015 and $497.5 million for 2014, which reflects the ongoing amortization of the accumulated loss in accordance with FAS 158 [ASC 715]. Future gains or losses, and their effects on the pro forma balance sheet, cannot be projected. See table 5 for calculation of required imputed equity amount. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65943 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices TABLE 4—IMPUTED FUNDING FOR PRICED-SERVICES ASSETS—Continued [Millions of dollars] 2015 2014 Furniture and equipment ........................................................................................................................... Leasehold improvements and long-term prepayments ............................................................................. Net pension asset ..................................................................................................................................... Deferred tax asset ..................................................................................................................................... 39.9 91.5 79.6 222.8 37.6 103.3 39.3 303.1 Total long-term assets to be financed .............................................................................................................. Postemployment/postretirement benefits and net pension liabilities ........................................................ $550.0 396.3 $606.8 405.2 Net long-term assets to be financed ......................................................................................................... $153.8 $201.6 Imputed long-term debt 21 ........................................................................................................................................ Imputed equity 21 ..................................................................................................................................................... $81.9 71.9 $119.3 82.3 Total long-term financing ................................................................................................................... $153.8 $201.6 TABLE 5—DERIVATION OF THE 2015 AND 2014 PSAF [Dollars in millions] 2015 Debt A. Imputed long-term debt and equity: Net long-term assets to finance ....................................................... Capital structure observed in market ............................................... 2014 Equity Debt Equity mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 21 See table 5 for calculation. minimum equity constraints are not met after imputing equity based on the capital structure observed in the market, additional equity is imputed to meet these constraints. The long-term funding need was met by imputing long-term debt and equity based on the capital structure observed in the market (see tables 4 and 6). In 2014, the 22 If VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 ................ ................ $201.6 40.8% $89.5 ................ $64.3 $119.3 ................ $82.3 (7.6) — ................ ................ 7.6 — — — ................ ................ — — ................ $71.9 $119.3 ................ $82.3 $18.5 × 81.9 × 71.9 × 0.2% = 5.0% = 10.1% = $0.0 4.1 7.3 $22.2 × 119.3 × 82.3 × 0.2% = 5.9% = 10.6% = $0.0 7.0 8.7 ................ $11.4 ................ ................ $15.8 ................ ................ $3.3 3.3 ................ ................ ................ ................ $3.5 4.1 ................ 6.6 ................ ................ 7.6 ................ D. Total PSAF: As a percent of assets ...................................................................... As a percent of expenses ................................................................. E. Tax rates ............................................................................................. $201.6 59.2% ................ C. Other required PSAF costs: Sales taxes ....................................................................................... Board of Governors expenses .......................................................... $153.8 41.8% ................ B. Cost of capital: Elements of capital costs. Short-term debt 23 ...................................................................... Long-term debt 23 ...................................................................... Equity 24 ..................................................................................... ................ ................ $81.9 Pre-adjusted long-term debt and equity ........................................... Equity adjustments offset by: 22 Imputed long-term debt ............................................................. Imputed investments ................................................................. $153.8 58.2% ................ $18.0 ................ ................ $23.4 ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ 1.3% 4.5% 22.4% ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ 1.6% 5.6% 37.2% amount of imputed equity was based on the minimum equity requirements for risk-weighted assets, or 10%. 23 Imputed short-term debt and long-term debt are computed at table 4. 24 The 2015 ROE is equal to a risk-free rate plus a risk premium (beta * market risk premium). The PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2015 after-tax CAPM ROE is calculated as 0.03% + (1.0 * 7.83%) = 7.86%. Using a tax rate of 22.4%, the after-tax ROE is converted into a pretax ROE, which results in a pretax ROE of (7.86%/(1 ¥ 22.4%)) = 10.1%. Calculations may be affected by rounding. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65944 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices TABLE 6—COMPUTATION OF 2015 CAPITAL ADEQUACY FOR FEDERAL RESERVE PRICED SERVICES [Dollars in millions] Assets Risk weight Weighted assets Imputed investments: 3-month Treasury bills 25 ...................................................................................................... Federal funds 26 .................................................................................................................... $— 600.0 ........................ 0.2 $— 120.0 Total imputed investments ............................................................................................ Receivables ................................................................................................................................. Materials and supplies ................................................................................................................. Prepaid expenses ........................................................................................................................ Items in process of collection ...................................................................................................... Premises ...................................................................................................................................... Furniture and equipment ............................................................................................................. Leasehold improvements and long-term prepayments ............................................................... Pension asset .............................................................................................................................. Deferred tax asset ....................................................................................................................... 600.0 $34.5 0.6 11.0 151.0 116.2 39.9 91.5 79.6 222.8 0.2 1.0 1.0 0.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 $6.9 0.6 11.0 30.2 116.2 39.9 91.5 79.6 222.8 Total ....................................................................................................................... $1,347.2 ........................ $718.8 Imputed equity ............................................................................................................................. Capital to risk-weighted assets .................................................................................................... Capital to total assets .................................................................................................................. ........................ 10.0% 5.3% ........................ $71.9 C. Check Service—Table 7 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimated, and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery performance for the commercial check service. TABLE 7—CHECK SERVICE PRO FORMA COST AND REVENUE PERFORMANCE [Dollars in millions] Revenue 2013 (actual) ........................................................................ 2014 (estimate) .................................................................... 2015 (budget) ....................................................................... Total expense Net income (ROE) [1¥2] Targeted ROE Recovery rate after targeted ROE [1/(2+4)] % 1 Year 2 3 4 5 198.9 172.5 151.8 170.7 149.1 142.0 28.2 23.4 9.8 1.7 1.9 2.0 115.4 114.2 105.4 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. 2014 Estimate—The Reserve Banks estimate that the check service will recover 114.2 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 108.8 percent. Greater-than-expected check volumes processed by the Reserve Banks and lower-than-expected costs have influenced significantly the check services cost recovery.27 28 The decline in Reserve Bank check volume, which is attributable to the decline in the number of checks written generally, was not as great as anticipated. Through September, total forward check volume is 4.5 percent lower and total return check volume is 12.4 percent lower than for the same period last year. For full-year 2014, the Reserve Banks estimate that their total forward check volume will decline 5.1 percent (compared to a budgeted decline of nearly 9 percent) and their total return check volume will decline 13.0 percent (compared to a budgeted decline of about 14 percent) from 2013 levels.29 2. 2015 Pricing—The Reserve Banks project that the check service will recover 105.4 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 2015. The Reserve Banks project revenue to be $151.8 million, a decline of 12 percent from 2014. This decline is driven largely by projected reductions in both forward check and return check volume. The Reserve Banks estimate that total Reserve Bank forward check volumes will decline nearly 7 percent to 5.3 billion and return check volumes will decline approximately 14 percent to 31.3 million in 2015. Total expenses for the check service are projected to be $142.0 million, a decline of nearly 5 percent from 2014. The reduction in check costs is driven primarily by the cost savings associated with the implementation of a more efficient 25 If minimum equity constraints are not met after imputing equity based on all other financial statement components, additional equity is imputed to meet these constraints. Additional equity imputed to meet minimum equity requirements is invested solely in Treasury securities. The imputed investments are similar to those for which rates are available on the Federal Reserve’s H.15 statistical release, which can be located at http:// www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h15/data.htm. 26 The investments are imputed based on the amounts arising from the collection of items prior to providing credit according to established availability schedules. 27 The greater-than-expected check volume is attributed to continued enhancements of two strategic FedForward product offerings, specifically select mixed and premium mixed. 28 Operating costs are expected to be $2.1 million lower than the original 2014 budget due to operational efficiencies in check processing as well as lower than budgeted information technology costs. Pension costs are also projected to be $3.5 million under the original budget. 29 Total Reserve Bank forward check volumes are expected to drop from roughly 6.0 billion in 2013 to 5.7 billion in 2014. Total Reserve Bank return check volumes are expected to drop from roughly 42.1 million in 2013 to 36.6 million in 2014. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65945 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices check processing platform and the full decommissioning of the legacy platform.30 The Reserve Banks announced in October a 12:00 noon deadline (but not the associated fees) for three deposit options within the current FedForward product line, specifically, Mixed, Premium Mixed D, and Select Mixed products, to provide an opportunity for the bank of first deposit to present forward items to paying banks one day earlier.31 32 For the Mixed deposit option, the Reserve Banks will reduce the per-item fees for tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the current 10:00 a.m. deposition option, as seen in table 8.33 For the Select Mixed option, the Reserve Banks will increase the per-item fees for non- eligible items from $0.10 to $0.35 and to implement a $25 ICL surcharge.34 For the Premium Mixed D option, the Reserve Banks will charge per-item fees $0.002 higher than the per-item fees at the current 1:00 a.m. deadline (with the exception of the substitute check fee, which will be $0.20 higher) and a $25 ICL surcharge.35 TABLE 8 FedForward Mixed Image Cash Letter a b Deadline ........................................................................................................................... Cash letter fee ................................................................................................................. Tier 1 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 2 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 3 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 4 ........................................................................................................................ Substitute check e ..................................................................................................... 9:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. $3.50 0.0080 0.0200 0.0300 0.0400 0.1500 $4.50 0.0230 0.0330 0.0500 0.0600 0.1500 5:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. $6.50 0.0500 0.0800 0.2000 0.2500 0.3000 $6.50 0.0700 0.1000 0.2200 0.2700 0.3500 FedForward Premium Mixed D Image Cash Letter a b Deadline ........................................................................................................................... fee d Cash letter ............................................................................................................... Cash letter surcharge c .................................................................................................... Tier 1 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 2 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 3 ........................................................................................................................ Tier 4 ........................................................................................................................ Substitute check e ..................................................................................................... 1:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. $500.00 .......................................... 0.0040 0.0170 0.0280 0.0390 0.1500 $500.00 25.00 0.0060 0.0190 0.0300 0.0410 0.3500 FedForward Select Mixed Image Cash Letter a b Deadline ........................................................................................................................... 5:00 a.m. Level 1 Daily fixed fee .................................................................................................................. Cash letter surcharge c .................................................................................................... Tier 1 ................................................................................................................................ Tier 2 ................................................................................................................................ Tier 3 ................................................................................................................................ Non-eligible endpoints ..................................................................................................... Level 2 $2,200.00 .................... 0.0020 0.0040 0.0060 0.1000 $900.00 .................... 0.0020 0.0060 0.0080 0.1000 12:00 p.m. Level 1 $2,200.00 25.00 0.0020 0.0040 0.0060 0.3500 Level 2 $900.00 25.00 0.0020 0.0060 0.0080 0.3500 a All deadlines are Monday through Friday. current list of FedForward endpoint tier listings can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/servicefees/check21_endpoint_listing.html. surcharge will apply to each cash letter received between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., in addition to the daily fixed fee. d Depositors who send more than the allowed maximum number of files will be charged a $35.00 file overage fee for each additional cash letter. The maximum number of cash letters per day for the Premium Mixed D product is 35. e The Reserve Bank’s Check 21 service fees include separate and substantially different fees for the delivery of checks to electronic endpoints versus paper substitute check endpoints. bA c The mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Reserve Banks will introduce two new deposit options to the FedForward Premium Mixed ICL products, Premium Mixed E and F, as seen in table 9. 30 The Reserve Banks completed a multi-year check platform modernization initiative in October 2012. 31 Depository institutions deposit image cash letters using nine deposit options within the FedForward product line, which vary in price structure and funds availability. A current list of FedForward deposit options can be found at http:// frbservices.org/servicefees/check_services_ 2014.html. 32 The Reserve Banks announced the deadline in October, effective January 2, 2015, to provide both collecting banks and paying banks enough time to modify their processes to deposit and receive items at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The announcement can be found at http:// www.frbservices.org/files/communications/pdf/ check/100314_updated_new_fedforward_deposit_ deadline.pdf. 33 The Mixed product option allows customers to send forward collection items in a mixed cash letter at various deadlines for a lower cash letter fee and higher electronic per-item fee. 34 The Select Mixed product option allows customers to send forward collection items drawn on specific endpoints in a separate cash letter, which combines a high fixed fee with a lower peritem variable fee. All eligible items in the cash letter receive immediate availability and qualify for the special pricing while ineligible items receive VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 deferred availability of the next business day and pay a higher per-item fee. A current list of Select Mixed endpoints can be found at http:// www.frbservices.org/servicefees/check21_endpoint_ listing.html. 35 The Premium Mixed product option allow customers to send forward collection items within a specific number of mixed cash letters for a daily fixed fee and a lower per-item fee. A surcharge, or overage fee, is charged for each cash letter deposited over the published threshold. Premium Mixed depositors are not eligible to use Fine Sort and Deferred Fine Sort products. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65946 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices TABLE 9—FEDFORWARD PREMIUM MIXED IMAGE CASH LETTER A B Premium Mixed E c Premium Mixed F c Deadline 5:00 a.m. Daily fixed fee d ................................................................................................ Cash letter surcharge e .................................................................................... Tier 1 ................................................................................................................ Tier 2 ................................................................................................................ Tier 3 ................................................................................................................ Tier 4 ................................................................................................................ Substitute Checks f ........................................................................................... $325.00 ........................ 0.0040 0.0170 0.0280 0.0390 0.3000 12:00 p.m. $325.00 25.00 0.0060 0.0190 0.0300 0.0410 0.3500 5:00 a.m. $650.00 ........................ 0.0040 0.0170 0.0280 0.0390 0.3000 12:00 p.m. $650.00 25.00 0.0060 0.0190 0.0300 0.0410 0.3500 a All deadlines are Monday through Friday. current list of FedForward endpoint tier listings can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/servicefees/check21_endpoint_listing.html. Mixed E and Premium Mixed F products are not eligible to use Fine Sort or Deferred Fine Sort products. d Depositors who send more than the allowed maximum number of files will be charged a $35.00 file overage fee for each additional cash letter. The maximum number of cash letters per day for Premium Mixed E and Premium Mixed F is 30 and 60, respectively. e The surcharge will apply to each cash letter received between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., in addition to the daily fixed fee. f The Reserve Bank’s Check 21 service fees include separate and substantially different fees for the delivery of checks to electronic endpoints versus paper substitute check endpoints. bA c Premium The Reserve Banks will increase the FedForward Deferred Mixed ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by $0.002 and $0.004, respectively. They also will increase the FedForward Deferred Fine Sort ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by $0.001 and $0.002, respectively. The Reserve Banks hope to encourage depositors to shift volume from the deferred-availability product to one of the immediate-availability options at 12:00 noon. The Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will result in an approximate 0.5 percent average price decrease for check customers. Risks to the Reserve Banks’ ability to achieve budgeted 2015 cost recovery for the check service include greater-thanexpected check volume losses due to reductions in check writing overall and competition from correspondent banks, aggregators, and direct exchanges, which would result in lower-thananticipated revenue, and higher-thanexpected support and overhead costs. D. FedACH Service—Table 10 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimate, and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery performance for the commercial FedACH service. TABLE 10—FEDACH SERVICE PRO FORMA COST AND REVENUE PERFORMANCE [Dollars in millions] Revenue 2013 (actual) ........................................................................ 2014 (estimate) .................................................................... 2015 (budget) ....................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. 2014 Estimate—The Reserve Banks estimate that the FedACH service will recover 86.5 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 99.2 percent. The shortfall in the FedACH Service is due to a $31.6 million charge related to its investment associated with a multiyear technology initiative to modernize its processing platform.36 The Reserve Banks’ long-term cost recovery average, from 2003 to 2014, is 102.1 percent. Through September, FedACH commercial origination and 36 The Reserve Banks have been engaged in a multiyear technology initiative to modernize the FedACH processing platform by migrating the service from a mainframe system to a distributed computing environment. In late 2013, the Reserve Banks conducted an assessment focused on the viability and cost-effectiveness of the program. As a result, the Reserve Banks in 2014 suspended the program and began to investigate the use of other technology solutions. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 Total expense Net income (Roe) [1–2] Targeted roe Recovery rate after targeted Roe [1/(2+4)] 1 Year 2 3 4 5 118.9 123.3 124.4 116.3 140.9 122.6 receipt volume was 4.1 percent higher than it was during the same period last year. The Reserve Banks believe that the volume growth will continue at the same pace for the full year 2014, higher than the 3.0 budgeted volume increase. 2. 2015 Pricing—The Reserve Banks expect the FedACH service to recover 100.0 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 2015. FedACH commercial origination and receipt volume is projected to grow 3.5 percent contributing to an increase of $1.1 million in total revenue from the 2014 estimate. Total expenses are budgeted to decrease $900 thousand from 2014 budgeted expenses of $125.3 million, primarily because of efficiencies gained from synergies between the check and ACH operations. The Reserve Banks will modify the FedACH Minimum Origination Fee calculation to include fees associated PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2.6 ¥17.6 1.8 1.2 1.7 1.7 101.2% 86.5 100.0 with SameDay and FedGlobal origination transactions in the computation.37 The Reserve Banks will reduce the tier volume thresholds for the FedACH Risk Management Services from 500,000 to 100,000 items reviewed per month. The primary risks to the Reserve Banks’ ability to achieve budgeted 2015 cost recovery for the FedACH service are cost overruns associated with unanticipated problems related to infrastructure currency efforts and higher-than-expected support and overhead costs. Other risks include lower-than-expected volume and associated revenue due to unanticipated 37 Each Originating Depository Financial Institution (ODFI) is charged a minimum of $35 per month in forward value and non-value item origination fees. The fees associated with domestic FedACH, SameDay, and FedGlobal originations are collectively subject to the minimum fee. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65947 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices mergers and acquisitions and loss of market share due to direct exchanges and a shift of volume to the privatesector operator. E. Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services—Table 11 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimate, and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery performance for the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services. TABLE 11—FEDWIRE FUNDS AND NATIONAL SETTLEMENT SERVICES PRO FORMA COST AND REVENUE PERFORMANCE [dollars in millions] Revenue Total expense Net income (ROE) [1–2] Targeted ROE Recovery rate after targeted ROE [1/(2+4)] % 1 Year 2 3 4 5 2013 (actual) ........................................................................ 2014 (estimate) .................................................................... 2015 (budget) ....................................................................... 1. 2014 Estimate — The Reserve Banks estimate that the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services will recover 101.3 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 98.0 percent. The higher-than-budgeted cost recovery is primarily due to lower-thanexpected operating costs, which offset weaker-than-anticipated volumes and associated revenue. Through September, Fedwire Funds Service online volume was 0.6 percent lower than for the same period last year. For full-year 2014, the Reserve Banks estimate Fedwire Funds Service online volume to decline 1.1 percent from 2013 levels, compared to the 3.8 percent volume increase that had been budgeted. Through September, National Settlement Service settlement file volume was unchanged from the same period last year, while settlement entry volume was 5.6 percent lower. For the full year, the Reserve Banks estimate that settlement file volume will decrease 2.8 percent (same as budgeted) and 96.7 109.5 112.2 ¥0.3 2.9 2.4 97.1 106.6 109.8 settlement entry volume will decrease 7.3 percent from 2013 levels (compared to a budgeted 1.8 percent increase). 2. 2015 Pricing—The Reserve Banks expect the Fedwire Funds Service to recover 100.8 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE. Revenue is projected to be $112.2 million, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. The Reserve Banks project total expenses to be $3.2 million higher than the 2014 estimate. The Reserve Banks will adjust the incentive pricing fees for the Fedwire Funds Service by increasing the Tier 1 per item pre-incentive fee (the fee before volume discounts are applied) from $0.69 to $0.73 and increasing the Tier 3 per item pre-incentive fee from $0.14 to $0.15. The Reserve Banks intend to keep the Tier 2 per-item pre-incentive fee the same. The Reserve Banks will decrease the surcharge for transfers exceeding $10 million from $0.15 to $0.14. The Reserve Banks will increase the FedPayments Manager import/export monthly fee from $45 to $50. In 1.0 1.5 1.5 98.6 101.3 100.8 addition, the Reserve Banks will increase the offline transaction surcharge from $45 to $50. The Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will result in an approximate 4.7 percent average price increase for Fedwire Funds customers. The Reserve Banks will not change National Settlement Service fees for 2015. The Reserve Banks’ Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services fees are consistent with their multi-year strategy to minimize pricing volatility while undertaking ongoing technology upgrades and related projects to further strengthen information security. The primary risk to the Reserve Banks’ ability to achieve budgeted 2015 cost recovery for these services is cost overruns and schedule delays from unanticipated problems with managing complex technology programs. F. Fedwire Securities Service—Table 12 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimate, and 2015 budgeted cost recovery performance for the Fedwire Securities Service.38 TABLE 12—FEDWIRE SECURITIES SERVICE PRO FORMA COST AND REVENUE PERFORMANCE [dollars in millions] Revenue mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2013 (actual) ........................................................................ 2014 (estimate) .................................................................... 2015 (budget) ....................................................................... Total expense Net income (ROE) [1–2] Targeted ROE Recovery rate after targeted ROE [1/(2+4)] % 1 Year 2 3 4 5 26.9 23.8 26.0 25.3 23.4 26.5 1.5 0.4 ¥0.6 0.2 0.3 0.4 105.0 100.1 96.5 1. 2014 Estimate— The Reserve Banks estimate that the Fedwire Securities Service will recover 100.1 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 98.0 percent. The 38 The Reserve Banks provide transfer services for securities issued by the U.S. Treasury, federal government agencies, government-sponsored enterprises, and certain international institutions. The priced component of this service, reflected in this memorandum, consists of revenues, expenses, and volumes associated with the transfer of all nonTreasury securities. For Treasury securities, the U.S. Treasury assesses fees for the securities transfer component of the service. The Reserve Banks assess a fee for the funds settlement component of a Treasury securities transfer; this component is not treated as a priced service. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65948 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES higher-than-expected cost recovery is primarily due to lower-than-budgeted information technology and pension costs, which offset weaker-thananticipated volumes and associated revenue. Through September, Fedwire Securities Service online volume was 31.5 percent lower than the same period last year. For full-year 2014, the Reserve Banks estimate Fedwire Securities Service online volume to decline 30.8 percent from 2013 levels, compared to a budgeted decline of 10.9 percent. 2. 2015 Pricing—The Reserve Banks expect the Fedwire Securities Service to recover 96.5 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 2015. The Reserve Banks project that 2015 revenue and expenses will increase by $2.2 million and $3.1 million, respectively, compared to 2014 estimates. The Reserve Banks project that online transfer activity will decline by 12.9 percent in 2015, the number of accounts maintained will decrease by 14.1 percent, and the number of agency securities maintained will increase by 0.1 percent.39 The projected decline in account maintenance activity reflects customer closures of empty accounts to avoid unnecessary expenses and increased competition in collateral management services.40 The Reserve Banks also estimate a decrease in online transfer activity, driven by lower expected issuance of mortgage-backed and agency debt securities. The reduction in mortgage-backed securities issuance reflects gradually increasing interest rates and lower anticipated mortgage refinancing. The reduction in agency debt issuance reflects a further required reduction in government sponsored enterprise portfolios, which has led to a reduced funding need for new debt issuance. Expenses are budgeted to increase by $3.1 million from 2014 estimates, reflecting higher technology upgrade costs. The higher technology upgrade costs, however, are expected to be partially offset by higher Treasury reimbursements.41 39 The online transfer fee, monthly account maintenance fee, and monthly issue maintenance fee accounted for 92 percent of total Fedwire Securities Service revenue through June 2014. 40 Specifically, collateral management services refers to the Fedwire Securities Joint Custody Service, which facilitates the collateralization of deposits made by a government entity, through the pledging of book-entry securities by its depository institution. Approximately 72 percent of Fedwire Securities priced accounts are collateral accounts related to the Joint Custody Service. 41 Treasury reimbursement is calculated by multiplying costs by the ratio of Treasury to agency transfers. In 2015, Treasury projects its transfer volume will remain flat, while the Reserve Banks expect agency transfers to decrease. Therefore, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 The Reserve Banks will increase various fees for the Fedwire Securities Service. The Reserve Banks will increase the online transfer fee from $0.54 to $0.65, the monthly account maintenance fee from $40 to $48, and the monthly issue maintenance fee from $0.54 to $0.65 per issue. The Reserve Banks will also increase the Joint Custody Origination Surcharge from $40 to $44. The Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will result in an approximate 19.1 percent average price increase for Fedwire Securities customers. The primary risk to the Reserve Banks’ ability to achieve budgeted 2015 cost recovery for these services is cost overruns and schedule delays from unanticipated problems with managing complex technology upgrades. G. FedLine Access—The Reserve Banks charge fees for the electronic connections that depository institutions use to access priced services and allocate the costs and revenue associated with this electronic access to the various priced services. There are currently five FedLine channels through which customers can access the Reserve Banks’ priced services: FedMail, FedLine Web®, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command®, and FedLine Direct.42 The Reserve Banks package these channels into ten FedLine packages, described in the two paragraphs below, that are supplemented by a number of premium ` (or a la carte) access and accounting information options. In addition, the Reserve Banks offer FedComplete packages, which are bundled offerings of a FedLine Advantage connection and a fixed number of FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Check 21-enabled services. Five attended access packages offer access to critical payment and information services via a Web-based interface. The FedLine Exchange package (formerly the FedMail Email package) provides access to basic information services via email, while two FedLine Web packages offer an email option plus online attended access to a range of services, including cash services, FedACH information services, and check services. Three FedLine Advantage packages expand upon the FedLine Web packages and offer attended access to critical transactional services: FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Fedwire Securities. higher projected ratio of Treasury to agency transfers will result in Treasury reimbursing a higher portion of total costs. 42 FedMail, FedLine Web, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command, and FedLine Direct are registered trademarks of the Federal Reserve Banks. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Four unattended access packages are computer-to-computer, IP-based interfaces designed for medium- to highvolume customers. The FedLine Command package offers an unattended connection to FedACH, as well as most accounting information services. The three remaining packages are FedLine Direct packages, which allow for unattended connections at one of three connection speeds to FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Fedwire Securities transactional and information services and to most accounting information services.43 Many of the FedLine access solutions fees in 2015 are designed to encourage customers to migrate to more efficient access solutions. The Reserve Banks will increase the fees on legacy services, such as an additional $10 per month for FedMail Fax, $300 per month for FedLine Direct (56K), and $400 for an additional 56K connection. The Reserve Banks also will introduce a $2,500 per month surcharge for those depository institutions that continue to use the AT&T VPN after February 1, 2015, instead of migrating to the Sprint VPN. In addition, the Reserve Banks will make other changes to FedLine pricing for 2015 to improve contingency preparedness between Reserve Banks and depository institutions. In particular, the Reserve Banks will add to the FedLine Advantage channel a new package, FedLine Advantage Premier that will be priced at $500 per month and includes a secondary VPN device.44 FedLine Advantage Premier will also include the FedTransaction Analyzer® tool, which enables depository institutions to streamline after-the-fact analysis of payment transactions and automate reporting processes. Depository institutions with more than 250 Fedwire transactions, or more than one routing number, will have access to the FedTransaction Analyzer tool via FedLine Advantage Premier rather than FedLine Advantage Plus package.45 The Reserve Banks will introduce two new tiers to FedComplete package solutions called FedComplete 100 Premier and FedComplete 200 Premier, 43 The FedLine Direct base-level package is available to current customers only and will be phased out in 2015 due to elimination of 56K line speed. 44 All customers, regardless of their chosen electronic access channel, are responsible for the purchase and installation of each VPN device. 45 Current FedTransaction Analyzer customers will be automatically moved to FedLine Advantage Premier if they originate and receive more than 250 Fedwire funds transfers or have more than one routing number in a given month. Customers can opt out of the increased fees by discontinuing their use of the FedTransaction Analyzer tool or the FedLine Advantage access solution. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65949 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices which are $850 and $1,375 per month, respectively. These FedComplete packages include FedLine Advantage Premier. II. Analysis of Competitive Effect All operational and legal changes considered by the Board that have a substantial effect on payments system participants are subject to the competitive impact analysis described in the March 1990 policy, The Federal Reserve in the Payments System.46 Under this policy, the Board assesses whether proposed changes would have a direct and material adverse effect on the ability of other service providers to compete effectively with the Federal Reserve in providing similar services because of differing legal powers or constraints or because of a dominant market position deriving from such legal differences. If any proposed changes create such an effect, the Board must further evaluate the changes to assess whether the benefits associated with the changes—such as contributions to payment system efficiency, payment system integrity, or other Board objectives—can be achieved while minimizing the adverse effect on competition. The changes for 2015 are limited to product enhancements and pricing modifications; no new products or pricing constructs are introduced. These changes will not have a direct and material adverse effect on the ability of other service providers to compete effectively with the Reserve Banks in providing similar services. The changes should permit the Reserve Banks to earn a ROE that is comparable to overall market returns and provide for full cost recovery over the long run. III. 2015 Fee Schedules FEDACH SERVICE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Fee FedACH minimum monthly fee. Originating Depository Financial Institution (ODFI) 47 ............................................................................................. Receiving Depository Financial Institution (RDFI) 48 ............................................................................................... Origination (per item or record) 49. Forward or return items in small files ...................................................................................................................... Forward or return items in large files ...................................................................................................................... Addenda record ....................................................................................................................................................... FedLine Web®-originated returns and notification of change (NOC) fee 50 ........................................................... Facsimile exception returns/NOC 51 ........................................................................................................................ Automated NOC fee ................................................................................................................................................ Volume-based discounts (based on monthly billed receipt volume) 52. Per item when receipt volume is 10,000,001 to 17,500,000 items per month ................................................ Per item when receipt volume is more than 17,500,000 items per month ..................................................... Receipt (per item or record). Forward item ............................................................................................................................................................ Return item .............................................................................................................................................................. Addenda record ....................................................................................................................................................... On-us receipt credit 53 ............................................................................................................................................. Volume-based discounts (forward items excluding FedACH SameDay service items). Non-Premium Receivers—RDFIs receiving less than 90 percent of total network volume through FedACH. Per item when volume is 1,000,001 to 12,500,000 items per month 54 .......................................................... Per item when volume is more than 12,500,000 items per month 55 .............................................................. Premium Receivers, level one—RDFIs receiving at least 90 percent of FedACH-originated volume through FedACH. Per item when volume is 1,000,001 to 2,500,000 items per month 58 ............................................................ Per item when volume is 2,500,001 to 12,500,000 items per month 58 .......................................................... Per item when volume is more than 12,500,000 items per month.59 Premium Receivers, level two—RDFIs receiving at least 90 percent of ACH volume originated through FedACH or EPN. Per item when volume is 1,000,001 to 2,500,000 items per month 58 ............................................................ Per item when volume is 2,500,001 to 12,500,000 items per month 58 .......................................................... Per item when volume is more than 12,500,000 items per month 59 .............................................................. FedACH SameDay Service. Origination 56 57. Forward item in a small file .............................................................................................................................. Forward item in a large file .............................................................................................................................. Addenda record ................................................................................................................................................ Return item in a small file ................................................................................................................................ Return item in a large file ................................................................................................................................. Return addenda record .................................................................................................................................... Receipt 58. Forward item .................................................................................................................................................... Return item ....................................................................................................................................................... Addenda record (forward/return) ...................................................................................................................... Monthly FedACH Risk® Management fees 59. Risk Origination Monitoring Service/RDFI Alert Service package pricing. For up to 5 criteria sets .................................................................................................................................... For 6 through 11 criteria sets ........................................................................................................................... For 12 through 23 criteria sets ......................................................................................................................... 46 Federal Reserve Regulatory Service (FRRS) 9– 1558. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 $35.00. 25.00. 0.0030. 0.0025. 0.0015. 0.35. 45.00. 0.20. 0.0002 discount. 0.0003 discount. 0.0025. 0.0075. 0.0015. 0.0025 discount. 0.0007 discount. 0.0009 discount. 0.0007 discount. 0.0008 discount. 0.0010 discount. 0.0007 discount. 0.0009 discount. 0.0011 discount. 0.0030 0.0035 0.0015 0.0030 0.0025 0.0015 surcharge. surcharge. surcharge. discount. discount. discount. 0.0025 discount. 0.0075 discount. 0.0015 discount. 35.00. 70.00. 125.00. 65950 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices FEDACH SERVICE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Fee For 24 through 47 criteria sets ......................................................................................................................... For 48 through 95 criteria sets ......................................................................................................................... For 96 through 191 criteria sets ....................................................................................................................... For 192 through 383 criteria sets ..................................................................................................................... For 384 through 584 criteria sets ..................................................................................................................... For 585+ criteria sets ....................................................................................................................................... Risk origination monitoring batch. For 1 through 100,000 batches ..................................................................................................................... For 100,000+ batches ..................................................................................................................................... Monthly FedPayments Reporter Service. FedPayments Reporter Service package pricing includes. Standard reports 60. ACH volume summary by SEC code report—customer.61 Daily return ratio report. Monthly return ratio report. Receiver setup report. Report delivery via FedLine file access solution (monthly fee). For up to 50 reports .................................................................................................................................. For 51 through 150 reports .............................................................................................................................. For 151 through 500 reports ............................................................................................................................ For 501 through 1,000 reports ......................................................................................................................... For 1,001 through 1,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 1,501 through 2,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 2,501 through 3,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 3,501 through 4,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 4,501 through 5,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 5,501 through 7,000 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 7,001 through 8,500 reports ...................................................................................................................... For 8,501+ reports ........................................................................................................................................... Premier reports 62. ACH volume summary by SEC code report—depository financial institution. Reports 1 through 5 .................................................................................................................................. Reports 6 through 10 ................................................................................................................................ Reports 11+ .............................................................................................................................................. On Demand ............................................................................................................................................... ACH volume summary by SEC code report—customer On Demand ............................................................. Monthly ACH routing number activity report. Reports 1 through 5 .................................................................................................................................. Reports 6 through 10 ................................................................................................................................ Reports 11+ .............................................................................................................................................. On-us inclusion. Participation fee ................................................................................................................................................ Per-item fee ...................................................................................................................................................... Per-addenda fee ............................................................................................................................................... Report delivery via encrypted email ........................................................................................................................ Other fees. Monthly fee (per routing number). Account servicing fee 63 ................................................................................................................................... FedACH settlement 64 ...................................................................................................................................... Information extract file ...................................................................................................................................... IAT Output File Sort ......................................................................................................................................... Notification of change participation fee 65 ........................................................................................................ Non-electronic input/output fee 66. CD or DVD input/output ................................................................................................................................... Paper input/output ............................................................................................................................................ FedGlobal ACH Payments. Canada service fee. Item originated to Canada 67 ..................................................................................................................... Return received from Canada 68 ............................................................................................................... Trace of item at receiving gateway ........................................................................................................... Trace of item not at receiving gateway .................................................................................................... Mexico service fee. Item originated to Mexico 67 ...................................................................................................................... Return received from Mexico 68 ................................................................................................................ Item trace .................................................................................................................................................. A2R item originated to Mexico 67 69 ........................................................................................................... F3X item originated to Mexico 68 70 ........................................................................................................... Panama service fee. Item originated to Panama 67 .................................................................................................................... Return received from Panama 68 .............................................................................................................. Item trace .................................................................................................................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 150.00. 250.00. 425.00. 675.00. 850.00. 1,100.00. 0.007/batch. 0.0035/batch. 35.00. 55.00. 100.00. 180.00. 260.00. 420.00. 580.00. 740.00. 900.00. 1,100.00. 1,300.00. 1,500.00. 10.00/report. 6.00/report. 1.00/report. 1.00/report surcharge. 1.00/report surcharge. 10.00/report. 6.00/report. 1.00/report. 10.00/month/RTN. 0.0030. 0.0015. 0.20/email. 45.00. 55.00. 100.00. 75.00. 5.00. 50.00. 50.00. 0.62. 0.99. 5.50 7.00. 0.67. 0.91. 13.50. 3.45. 0.67. 0.72. 1.00. 7.00. 65951 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices FEDACH SERVICE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] Fee NOC .......................................................................................................................................................... Latin America service fee. A2R item originated to Latin America 67 69 ................................................................................................ Return received from Latin America 68 ..................................................................................................... Item trace .................................................................................................................................................. Europe service fee. Item originated to Europe 67 ...................................................................................................................... F3X item originated to Europe 67 70 ........................................................................................................... Return received from Europe 68 ................................................................................................................ Item trace .................................................................................................................................................. 0.72. 4.40. 0.72. 5.00. 1.25. 1.25. 1.35. 7.00. FEDWIRE FUNDS AND NATIONAL SETTLEMENT SERVICES 2015 FEE SCHEDULE [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] Fee Fedwire Funds Service Monthly participation fee .................................................................................................................................................................. Basic volume-based pre-incentive transfer fee (originations and receipts). Per transfer for the first 14,000 transfers per month ............................................................................................................. Per transfer for additional transfers up to 90,000 per month ...................................................................................................... Per transfer for every transfer over 90,000 per month .......................................................................................................... Volume-based transfer fee with the incentive discount (originations and receipts) 71. Per eligible transfer for the first 14,000 transfers per month ............................................................................................... Per eligible transfer for additional transfers up to 90,000 per month .......................................................................................... Per eligible transfer for every transfer over 90,000 per month ............................................................................................. Surcharge for offline transfers (originations and receipts) .......................................................................................................... Surcharge for high-value payments > $10 million ......................................................................................................................... Surcharge for high-value payments > $100 million ............................................................................................................................ Surcharge for payment notification ...................................................................................................................................................... Surcharge for late-day transfer originations 72 .................................................................................................................................... Monthly FedPayments Manager import/export fee 73 .................................................................................................................... $90.00 0.73 0.24 0.15 0.148 0.048 0.030 50.00 0.14 0.36 0.20 0.26 50.00 National Settlement Service mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Basic Settlement entry fee ..................................................................................................................................................................... Settlement file fee ......................................................................................................................................................................... Surcharge for offline file origination ..................................................................................................................................................... 47 Any ODFI incurring less than 35 in forward value and non-value item origination fees will be charged a variable amount to reach the minimum. 48 Any RDFI not originating forward value and non-value items and incurring less than 25 in receipt fees will be charged a variable amount to reach the minimum. 49 Small files contain fewer than 2,500 items and large files contain 2,500 or more items. 50 The fee includes the item and addenda fees in addition to the conversion fee. 51 The fee includes the item and addenda fees in addition to the conversion fee. Reserve Banks also assess a 30 fee for every government paper return/ NOC they process. 52 Origination discounts apply only to those items received by FedACH receiving points and are available only to Premium Receivers. 53 Depository institutions originating and receiving items on the same routing number. 54 This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard receipt fees listed in this fee schedule. 55 Receipt volumes of more than 12,500,000 items per month qualify for the waterfall discount which includes all FedACH receipt items. 56 This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard origination fees for forward items. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 57 This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard origination fees for return items. 58 This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard receipt fees. 59 Criteria may be set for both the origination monitoring service and the RDFI alert service. Subscribers with no criteria set up will be assessed the 35 monthly package fee. 60 Standard reports include Customer Transaction Activity, Death Notification, International (IAT), Notification of Change, Payment Data Information File, Remittance Advice Detail, Remittance Advice Summary, Return Item, Return Ratio, Social Security Beneficiary, and Originator Setup Reports. 61 ACH volume summary by SEC code reports generated on demand are subject to a 1.00 per report surcharge. 62 Premier reports generated on demand are subject to the package/tiered fees plus a surcharge. 63 The account servicing fee applies to routing numbers that have received or originated FedACH transactions. Institutions that receive only U.S. government transactions through the Reserve Banks or that elect to use EPN exclusively are not assessed this fee. 64 The FedACH settlement fee is applied to any routing number with activity during a month, including institutions that elect to use EPN PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1.50 30.00 45.00 exclusively but also have items routed to or from customers that access the ACH network through FedACH. This fee does not apply to routing numbers that use the Reserve Banks for only U.S. government transactions. 65 The notification of change fee is applied to any routing number with activity during a month. This fee does not apply to routing numbers that use the Reserve Banks for only U.S. government transactions. 66 Limited services are offered in contingency situations. 67 This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard domestic origination and input file processing fees. 68 This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard domestic receipt fees. 69 Account-to-receiver (A2R) allows funds from accounts at a U.S. depository institution to be retrieved by any receiver at either a participating bank location or a trusted, third-party provider. 70 Payments are both transferred and received in foreign currency. The foreign exchange rate and settlement is managed and processed by participating U.S. depository institutions and the respective foreign gateway operators via their foreign correspondent banks. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65952 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices FEDWIRE FUNDS AND NATIONAL SETTLEMENT SERVICES 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] Fee Minimum monthly charge (account maintenance) 74 ........................................................................................................................... Special settlement arrangements 75. Fee per day .................................................................................................................................................................................. 60.00 150.00 FEDWIRE SECURITIES SERVICE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices] Fee Basic transfer fee Transfer or reversal originated or received ............................................................................................................................ Surcharge. Offline origination & receipt surcharge ......................................................................................................................................... Monthly maintenance fees Account maintenance (per account) ........................................................................................................................................ Issues maintained (per issue/per account) ............................................................................................................................. Claim adjustment fee ........................................................................................................................................................................... Joint Custody Origination Surcharge ............................................................................................................................................. $0.65 66.00 48.00 0.65 0.75 44.00 FEDLINE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices.] FedComplete Packages (monthly) 76 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FedComplete 100 Plus ......................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: 7,500 FedForward transactions. 70 FedReturn® transactions. 14,000 FedReceipt® transactions. 35 Fedwire funds origination transfers. 35 Fedwire funds receipt transfers. Fedwire participation fee. 1,000 FedACH origination items. FedACH minimum fee. 7,500 FedACH receipt items. FedACH receipt minimum fee. 10 FedACH web return/NOC. 500 FedACH addenda originated. 1,000 FedACH addenda received. FedACH account servicing. FedACH settlement. FedLine Advantage Plus. FedLine subscriber 5-pack. FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack. FedComplete 100 Premier ................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: 7,500 FedForward transactions. 70 FedReturn transactions. 14,000 FedReceipt transactions. 35 Fedwire funds origination transfers. 35 Fedwire funds receipt transfers. Fedwire participation fee. 1,000 FedACH origination items. FedACH minimum fee. 7,500 FedACH receipt items. FedACH receipt minimum fee. 71 The incentive discounts apply to the volume that exceeds 60 percent of a customer’s historic benchmark volume. Historic benchmark volume is based on a customer’s average daily activity over the previous five calendar years. If a customer has fewer than five full calendar years of previous activity, its historic benchmark volume is based on its daily activity for as many full calendar years of data as are available. If a customer has less than one year of prior activity, then the customer qualifies automatically for incentive discounts for the year. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 The applicable incentive discounts are as follows: $0.582 for transfers up to 14,000; $0.192 for transfers 14,001 to 90,000; and $0.120 for transfers over 90,000. 72 This surcharge applies to originators of transfers that are processed by the Reserve Banks after 5:00 p.m. ET. 73 This fee is charged to any Fedwire Funds participant that originates a transfer message via the FedPayments Manager (FPM) Funds tool and has PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $775.00. 850.00. the import/export processing option setting active at any point during the month. 74 This minimum monthly charge is only assessed if total settlement charges during a calendar month are less than $60. 75 Special settlement arrangements use Fedwire Funds transfers to effect settlement. Participants in arrangements and settlement agents are also charged the applicable Fedwire Funds transfer fee for each transfer into and out of the settlement account. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices 65953 FEDLINE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices.] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FedComplete Packages (monthly) 76 10 FedACH web return/NOC. 500 FedACH addenda originated. 1,000 FedACH addenda received. FedACH account servicing. FedACH settlement. FedLine Advantage Premier. FedLine subscriber 5-pack. FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack. FedComplete 200 Plus ......................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: 25,000 FedForward transactions. 225 FedReturn transactions. 25,000 FedReceipt transactions. 100 Fedwire funds origination transfers. 100 Fedwire funds receipt transfers. Fedwire participation fee. 2,000 FedACH origination items. FedACH minimum fee. 25,000 FedACH receipt items. FedACH receipt minimum fee. 20 FedACH web return/NOC. 750 FedACH addenda originated. 1,500 FedACH addenda received. FedACH account servicing. FedACH settlement. FedLine Advantage Plus. FedLine subscriber 5-pack. FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack. FedComplete 200 Premier ................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: 25,000 FedForward transactions. 225 FedReturn transactions. 25,000 FedReceipt transactions. 100 Fedwire funds origination transfers. 100 Fedwire funds receipt transfers. Fedwire participation fee. 2,000 FedACH origination items. FedACH minimum fee. 25,000 FedACH receipt items. FedACH receipt minimum fee. 20 FedACH web return/NOC. 750 FedACH addenda originated. 1,500 FedACH addenda received. FedACH account servicing. FedACH settlement. FedLine Advantage Premier. FedLine subscriber 5-pack. FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack. FedComplete Excess Volume Surcharge. 77 FedForward ..................................................................................................................................................................................... FedReturn ....................................................................................................................................................................................... Fedwire funds origination ................................................................................................................................................................ FedACH origination ......................................................................................................................................................................... FedComplete package credit incentive 78 .............................................................................................................................................. FedLine Customer Access Solutions (monthly). 79 FedLine Exchange (formerly FedMail Email) .................................................................................................................................... FedLine Web ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: FedLine Exchange. FedLine Web with no priced services subscriptions. FedACH information services (includes RDFI file alert service). Check 21 services. 80 Check 21 duplicate notification. Check adjustments. Service charge information. Account management information. 81 FedLine Web Plus ................................................................................................................................................................................ Includes:FedLine Web traditional package. FedACH risk management services. FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service via secure email. Check large dollar return. Check FedImage® services. Account management information. Cash management plus service. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 1,300.00. 1,375.00. 0.01/item. 0.7500/item. 0.7000/item. 0.0025/item. (1,500.00). 40.00. 110.00. 140.00. 65954 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices FEDLINE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices.] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FedComplete Packages (monthly) 76 Various accounting and other inquiry and report services (Real-time Account Balance information, Daylight Overdraft Balance, and Available Funds Balance information; drill down and search features to view transaction details; daily Statement of Account and data files; collateral totals and details; and ex-post Daylight Overdraft reports).. FedLine Advantage .............................................................................................................................................................................. Includes: FedLine Web traditional package. FedACH transactions. Fedwire funds transactions. Fedwire securities transactions. Fedwire cover payments. Check large dollar return. Check FedImage services. Account management information. Various accounting services (ABMS inquiry, IAS/PSR inquiry, IAS detailed inquiries, notifications and advices, end-of-day accounting file (PDF)). FedLine Advantage Plus ..................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: FedLine Advantage traditional package. FedACH risk management services. FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service via secure email. Fedwire Funds FedPayments Manager import/export. FedTransaction Analyzer (less than 250 FedWire transactions and one routing number per month). Account management information with intra-day search. FedLine Advantage Premier ............................................................................................................................................................... Includes: FedLine Advantage Plus package with no priced services subscriptions. FedTransaction Analyzer (more than 250 Fedwire transactions and two routing numbers per month). Secondary VPN device. FedLine Command Plus ...................................................................................................................................................................... Includes: FedLine Advantage Plus package. FedLine Command with two certificates. Fedwire statement services. Intra-day CI file. Statement of account spreadsheet file (SASF). Financial Institution Reconcilement Data File (FIRD). Billing Data Format File (BDFF). FedLine Direct. 82 ................................................................................................................................................................................. Includes: FedLine Advantage traditional package. 56K Dedicated WAN Connection. FedLine Command with two certificates. FedLine Direct with two certificates. Fedwire statement services. Intra-day file (I-Day CI File). Statement of Account Spreadsheet File (SASF). Financial Institution Reconcilement Data File (FIRD). Billing Data Format File (BDFF). FedLine Direct Plus ............................................................................................................................................................................. Includes: FedLine Direct traditional package. 56K or 256K Dedicated WAN Connection. FedACH risk management services. FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service via secure email. Fedwire Funds FedPayments Manager import/export. FedTransaction Analyzer. FedLine Direct Premier ........................................................................................................................................................................ Includes: FedLine Direct Plus package. T1 Dedicated WAN Connection. A La Carte Options (monthly). 83 Electronic Access. FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack 84 ........................................................................................................................................ FedLine subscriber 5-pack ............................................................................................................................................................. Additional FedLine Command certificate 85 .................................................................................................................................... Additional FedLine Direct certificate 86 ........................................................................................................................................... Maintenance of additional virtual private network device ............................................................................................................... FedLine Advantage 800# Usage (per hour) ................................................................................................................................... Dial-Only VPN surcharge ................................................................................................................................................................ Additional dedicated connections. 87 56K .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 256K ......................................................................................................................................................................................... T1 ............................................................................................................................................................................................. FedLine international setup (one-time fee) ..................................................................................................................................... FedLine Direct contingency solution 88 ........................................................................................................................................... Check 21 large file delivery ............................................................................................................................................................ FedMail Fax ................................................................................................................................................................................... Legacy VPN device surcharge 89 ................................................................................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 380.00. 425.00. 500.00. 1,000.00. 4,500.00. 3,600.00. 6,500.00. 10.00. 80.00. 100.00. 100.00. 60.00. 3.00. 1,000.00. 3,500.00. 2,500.00. 3,200.00. 5,000.00. 1,000.00. various. 70.00. 2,500.00. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices 65955 FEDLINE 2015 FEE SCHEDULE—Continued [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices.] FedComplete Packages (monthly) 76 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VPN device modification ................................................................................................................................................................. VPN device modification emergency surcharge ............................................................................................................................. VPN device missed activation appointment ................................................................................................................................... VPN device expedited hardware surcharge ................................................................................................................................... VPN device replacement or move .................................................................................................................................................. Expedited legacy VPN device order/change 90 .............................................................................................................................. Accounting Information Services. Cash Management System. 91 Plus—Own report—up to six files with no respondent/sub-account activity (per month) ....................................................... Plus—Own report—up to six files with less than 10 respondent and/or sub-accounts (per month) ...................................... Plus—Own report—up to six files with 10–50 respondent and/or sub-accounts (per month) ............................................... Plus—Own report—up to six files with 51–100 respondents and/or sub-accounts (per month ............................................. Plus—Own report—up to six files with 101–500 respondents and/or sub-accounts (per month) .......................................... Plus—Own report—up to six files with >500 respondents and/or sub-accounts (per month) ................................................ End-of-day financial institution reconcilement data file (per month) 92 .......................................................................................... Statement of account spreadsheet file (per month) 93 ................................................................................................................... Intra-day download search file (with AMI) (per month) 94 .............................................................................................................. ACTS Report—<20 sub-accounts .................................................................................................................................................. ACTS Report—21–40 sub-accounts .............................................................................................................................................. ACTS Report—41–60 sub-accounts .............................................................................................................................................. ACTS Report—> 60 sub-accounts ................................................................................................................................................. 76 FedComplete packages are all-electronic service options that bundle payment services with an access solution for one monthly fee. 77 Per-item surcharges are in addition to the standard fees listed in the applicable priced services fee schedules. 78 New FedComplete package customers with a new FedLine Advantage connection are eligible for a one-time $1,500 credit applied to their Federal Reserve service charges. Customers receiving credit must continue using the FedComplete package for a minimum of six months or forfeit the $1,500 credit. 79 VPN hardware for FedLine Advantage and FedLine Command is billed directly by the vendor. A list of fees can be found at http:// www.frbservices.org/files/servicefees/pdf/access/ 2013_vendor_fees.pdf. 80 Check 21 services can be accessed via three options: FedLine Web, an Internet connection with Axway Secure Transport Client, or a dedicated connection using Connect: Direct. 81 Ex-post Daylight Overdraft Reports and the daily Statement of Account are available via FedMail. 82 FedLine Direct is available to installed customer base only. The 56K option is not available for new orders. 83 These add-on services can be purchased only with a FedLine Customer Access Service option. 84 There are no priced subscribers contained in the FedLine Exchange or FedLine packages. 85 Additional FedLine Command Certificates available for FedLine Command and Direct packages only. 86 Additional FedLine Direct Certificates available for FedLine Direct packages only. 87 Network diversity supplemental charge of $2,000 a month may apply in addition to these fees. 88 FedLine Direct contingency solution is available only for FedLine Direct Plus & Premier packages. 89 Effective February 1, 2015. Price will increase to $5,000 on May 1, 2015 and $7,500 on September 1, 2015. 90 Applicable to VPN devices ordered before May 13, 2013. 91 Cash Management Service options are limited to Plus and Premier packages. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, October 31, 2014. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2014–26322 Filed 11–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested 92 End of Day Reconcilement File option is available to FedLine Web Plus and FedLine Advantage Plus packages. 93 Statement of Account Spreadsheet File option is available to FedLine Web Plus and FedLine Advantage Plus packages. 94 ACTS Report options are limited to FedLine Command Plus and FedLine Direct Plus and Premier packages. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 200.00. 200.00. 175.00. 100.00. 300.00. 500.00. 60.00. 125.00. 250.00. 500.00. 750.00. 1,000.00. 150.00. 150.00. 150.00. 500.00. 1,000.00. 1,500.00. 2,000.00. persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than December 1, 2014. A. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Gerald C. Tsai, Director, Applications and Enforcement), 101 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105–1579: 1. Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc., Irvine, California; to acquire voting shares of Independence Bank, Newport Beach, California. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, November 3, 2014. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2014–26366 Filed 11–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION [File No. 141 0183] H.I.G. Bayside Debt & LBO Fund II, L.P. and Crestview Partners, L.P. ; Analysis to Aid Public Comment AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM Federal Trade Commission. 06NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 215 (Thursday, November 6, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65937-65955]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26322]


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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

[Docket No. OP-1500]


Federal Reserve Bank Services

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) 
has approved the private sector adjustment factor (PSAF) for 2015 of 
$18.0 million and the 2015 fee schedules for Federal Reserve priced 
services and electronic access. These actions were taken in accordance 
with the requirements of the Monetary Control Act of 1980, which 
requires that, over the long run, fees for Federal Reserve priced 
services be established on the basis of all direct and indirect costs, 
including the PSAF.

DATES: The new fee schedules become effective January 2, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the fee 
schedules: Susan V. Foley, Associate Director, (202) 452-3596; Samantha 
J. Pelosi, Manager, Retail Payments, (202/530-6292); Linda S. Healey, 
Senior Financial Services Analyst, (202) 452-5274, Division of Reserve 
Bank Operations and Payment Systems. For questions regarding the PSAF: 
Gregory L. Evans, Deputy Associate Director, (202) 452-3945; Brenda L. 
Haase, Manager, Financial Accounting, (202) 452-2753; or Manuel Garcia, 
Senior Financial Analyst, (202) 452-3480), Division of Reserve Bank 
Operations and Payment Systems. For users of Telecommunications Device 
for the Deaf (TDD) only, please call (202) 263-4869. Copies of the 2015 
fee schedules for the check service are available from the Board, the 
Federal Reserve Banks, or the Reserve Banks' financial services Web 
site at www.frbservices.org.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Private Sector Adjustment Factor, Priced Services Cost Recovery, and 
Overview of 2015 Price Changes

    A. Overview--Each year, as required by the Monetary Control Act of 
1980, the Reserve Banks set fees for priced services provided to 
depository institutions. These fees are set to recover, over the long 
run, all direct and indirect costs and imputed costs, including 
financing costs, taxes, and certain other expenses, as well as the 
return on equity (profit) that would have been earned if a private 
business firm provided the services. The imputed costs and imputed 
profit are collectively referred to as the PSAF. From 2004 through 
2013, the Reserve Banks recovered 102.0 percent of their total expenses 
(including imputed costs) and targeted after-tax profits or return on 
equity (ROE) for providing priced services.\1\
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    \1\ The ten-year recovery rate is based on the pro forma income 
statement for Federal Reserve priced services published in the 
Board's Annual Report. Effective December 31, 2006, the Reserve 
Banks implemented Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 
No. 158: Employers' Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other 
Postretirement Plans [Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 715 
Compensation--Retirement Benefits], which resulted in recognizing a 
cumulative reduction in equity related to the priced services' 
benefit plans. Including this cumulative reduction in equity from 
2006 to 2013 results in cost recovery of 95.9 percent for the ten-
year period. This measure of long-run cost recovery is also 
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    Table 1 summarizes 2013 actual, 2014 estimated, and 2015 budgeted 
cost-recovery rates for all priced services. Cost recovery is estimated 
to be 100.8 percent in 2014 and budgeted to be 101.9 percent in 2015.

                  Table 1--Aggregate Priced Services Pro Forma Cost and Revenue Performance \a\
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                                                   2 \c\  Total    3  Net income       4 \d\       Recovery rate
              YEAR                1 \b\  Revenue      expense       (ROE) [1-2]    Targeted ROE   after targeted
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2013 (actual)...................           441.3           409.3            32.0             4.2          106.7%
2014 (estimate).................           429.0           419.9             9.1             5.5           100.8
2015 (budget)...................           414.4           401.0            13.4             5.6           101.9
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\a\ Calculations in this table and subsequent pro forma cost and revenue tables may be affected by rounding.
\b\ Revenue includes imputed income on investments when equity is imputed at a level that meets minimum capital
  requirements and, when combined with liabilities, exceeds total assets (attachment 1).
\c\ The calculation of total expense includes operating, imputed, and other expenses. Imputed and other expenses
  include taxes, FDIC insurance, Board of Governors' priced services expenses, the cost of float, and interest
  on imputed debt, if any. Credits or debits related to the accounting for pension plans under FAS 158 [ASC 715]
  are also included.
\d\ Targeted ROE is the after-tax ROE included in the PSAF.
\e\ The recovery rates in this and subsequent tables do not reflect the unamortized gains or losses that must be
  recognized in accordance with FAS 158 [ASC 715]. Future gains or losses, and their effect on cost recovery,
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    Table 2 provides an overview of cost-recovery performance for the 
ten-year period from 2004 to 2013, 2013 actual, 2014 budget, 2014 
estimate, and 2015 budget by priced service.

                                     Table 2--Priced Services Cost Recovery
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All services....................           102.0           106.7           102.3           100.8           101.9
Check...........................           102.0           115.4           108.8           114.2           105.4
FedACH..........................           102.1           101.2            99.2            86.5           100.0
Fedwire Funds and NSS...........           101.5            98.6            98.0           101.3           100.8
Fedwire Securities..............           102.2           105.0            98.0           100.1            96.5
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\a\ The 2014 budget figures reflect the final budgets as approved by the Board in December 2013.
\b\ The 2015 budget figures reflect preliminary budget information from the Reserve Bank. The Reserve Banks will
  submit final budget data to the Board in November 2014, for Board consideration in December 2014.

    1. 2014 Estimated Performance--The Reserve Banks estimate that they 
will recover 100.8 percent of the costs of providing priced services in 
2014, including total expense and targeted ROE of $5.5 million, 
compared with a budgeted recovery rate of 102.3 percent, as shown in 
table 2. Overall, the Reserve Banks estimate that they will fully 
recover actual and imputed costs and earn net income of $9.1 million, 
compared with budgeted net income of $15.0 million. Although the check 
service, the Fedwire[supreg] Funds and National Settlement Services, 
and the Fedwire Securities Service are expected to achieve full cost 
recovery, the FedACH[supreg] Service is expected to recover 86.5 
percent of its costs because of a $31.6 million charge related to its 
investment associated with a multiyear technology initiative to 
modernize its processing platform.\2\ Greater-than-expected check 
volume processed by the Reserve Banks has been the single most 
significant factor influencing priced services cost recovery.
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    \2\ The Reserve Banks have been engaged in a multiyear 
technology initiative to modernize the FedACH processing platform by 
migrating the service from a mainframe system to a distributed 
computing environment. In late 2013, the Reserve Banks conducted an 
assessment focused on the viability and cost-effectiveness of the 
program. As a result, the Reserve Banks in 2014 suspended the 
program and began to investigate the use of other technology 
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    2. 2015 Private Sector Adjustment Factor--The 2015 PSAF for Reserve 
Bank priced services is $18.0 million. This amount represents a 
decrease of $5.4 million from the 2014 PSAF of $23.4 million. This 
decrease is primarily the result of a reduction in the assets to be 
financed on the imputed priced-services balance sheet and an associated 
decline in the cost of debt and equity.
    3. 2015 Projected Performance--The Reserve Banks project a priced 
services cost-recovery rate of 101.9 percent in 2015, with net income 
of $13.4 million, compared to a targeted ROE of $5.6 million. The 
Reserve Banks project that the check service, the FedACH Service, and 
the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Service will fully recover 
their costs; however, the Reserve Banks project that the Fedwire 
Securities Service will not achieve full-cost recovery because of 
investment costs associated with multiyear technology initiatives to 
modernize its processing platform. These investments are expected to 
enhance efficiency, the overall quality of operations, and the Reserve 
Banks' ability to offer additional services to depository institutions.
    The primary risks to the Reserve Banks' ability to achieve their 
targeted cost recovery rates are unanticipated volume and revenue 
reductions and the potential for cost overruns with the technology 
modernization initiatives. In light of these risks, the Reserve Banks 
will continue to refine their business and operational strategies to 
manage aggressively operating costs, to increase product revenue, and 
to leverage efficiencies gained from technology initiatives.
    4. 2015 Pricing--The following summarizes the Reserve Banks' 
changes in fee schedules for priced services in 2015:

Check

     In October, the Reserve Banks announced a 12:00 noon ET 
deadline (but not the associated fee schedules) for the 
FedForward[supreg] product line, specifically, Mixed, Select Mixed, and 
Premium Mixed D products, which will provide the Reserve Banks an 
opportunity to present forward items to paying banks one day 
earlier.3 4 5
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    \3\ All times are stated in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).
    \4\ Depository institutions may deposit image cash letters using 
nine deposit options within the FedForward product line; the options 
vary in price structure and funds availability. A current list of 
FedForward deposit options can be found at http://frbservices.org/servicefees/check_services_2014.html.
    \5\ The Reserve Banks announced the new deadline in October, 
effective January 2, 2015, to provide both collecting banks and 
paying banks sufficient time to modify their processes to deposit 
and receive items at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The 
announcement can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/files/communications/pdf/check/100314_updated_new_fedforward_deposit_deadline.pdf.
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     In conjunction with the noon deadline, the Reserve Banks 
will reduce the per-item fees for tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 within the 
current Mixed deposit option. For the Select Mixed option, the Reserve 
Banks will increase the per-item fees for non-eligible items from $0.10 
to $0.35 and to implement a $25 image cash letter (ICL) surcharge. For 
the Premium Mixed D option, the Reserve Banks will charge per-item fees 
$0.002 higher than the per-item fees at the current 1:00 a.m. deadline 
(with the exception of the substitute check fee, which will be $0.20 
higher) and a $25 ICL surcharge.
     The Reserve Banks will introduce two new deposit options 
to the FedForward Premium Mixed ICL products and to expand the list of 
eligible endpoints to the Select Mixed ICL products.
     The Reserve Banks will increase the FedForward Deferred 
Mixed ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 
deadlines by $0.002 and $0.004, respectively. The Reserve Banks will 
increase the FedForward Deferred Fine Sort ICL product per-item fees at 
the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by $0.001 and $0.002, 
respectively. The Reserve Banks hope to encourage depositors to shift 
volume from the deferred availability product to one of the immediate-
availability options at 12:00 noon.

FedACH

     The Reserve Banks will modify the FedACH Minimum 
Origination Fee calculation to include fees associated

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with SameDay and FedGlobal[supreg] origination transactions in the 
computation.
     The Reserve Banks will reduce the volume tier thresholds 
for the FedACH Risk Management Services from 500,000 to 100,000 items 
monitored per month.\6\
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    \6\ The FedACH Risk Management Services includes FedACH Risk 
Origination Monitoring Service, FedACH Risk RDFI Alert Service, and 
FedACH Risk Returns Reporting Service. For more information, refer 
to http://frbservices.org/files/serviceofferings/pdf/FedACHRiskServices.pdf.
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Fedwire Funds and National Settlement

     The Reserve Banks will reduce the per-item fee on all 
transfers that exceed $10 million (high-value transfer surcharge) from 
$0.15 to $0.14. The Reserve Banks will increase the monthly fee for the 
usage of the FedPayments[supreg] Manager import/export tool from $45 to 
$50. In addition, the Reserve Banks will increase the surcharge for 
offline transactions from $45 to $50.\7\
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    \7\ The monthly fee is charged to any Fedwire Funds participant 
that originates a Fedwire Funds transfer message via the FedPayments 
Manager (FPM) Funds tool and has the import/export processing option 
setting active at any point during the month.
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     The Reserve Banks will increase the Tier 1 per-item pre-
incentive fee from $0.69 to $0.73 per transaction, increase the Tier 3 
per-item pre-incentive fee from $0.14 to $0.15, and leave Tier 2 per-
item pre-incentive fees unchanged.\8\
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    \8\ The per-item pre-incentive fee is the fee that the Reserve 
Banks charge for transfers that do not qualify for incentive 
discounts. The Tier 1 per-item pre-incentive fee applies to the 
first 14,000 transfers, the Tier 2 per-item pre-incentive fee 
applies to the next 76,000 transfers, and the Tier 3 per-item pre-
incentive fee applies to any additional transfers. The Reserve Banks 
apply an 80 percent incentive discount to every transfer over 60 
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Fedwire Securities

     The Reserve Banks will increase the online transfer fee 
from $0.54 to $0.65.
     The Reserve Banks will increase the monthly account 
maintenance fee from $40 to $48 per account, and increase the monthly 
issue maintenance fee from $0.54 to $0.65 per issue.
     The Reserve Banks will increase the Joint Custody 
origination surcharge from $40 to $44.

FedLine[supreg] Access Solutions

     The Reserve Banks will increase the fees on legacy 
services, such as an additional $10 per month for FedMail[supreg] Fax 
and $300 per month for FedLine Direct[supreg] (56K). The Reserve Banks 
also will raise the monthly fee for the 56K additional dedicated 
electronic access connection by $400 and to introduce a legacy device 
VPN surcharge of $2,500 per month.\9\
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    \9\ Effective February 1, 2015. Price will increase to $5,000 on 
May 1, 2015 and $7,500 on September 1, 2015.
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     The Reserve Banks will add a new package called FedLine 
Advantage[supreg] Premier to the FedLine packaged solutions that will 
be priced at $500 per month with FedTransaction Analyzer and a 
secondary VPN device.\10\
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    \10\ All customers, regardless of their chosen electronic access 
channel, are responsible for the purchase and installation of each 
VPN device.
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     The Reserve Banks will introduce two new tiers to the 
FedComplete[supreg] package solutions called FedComplete 100 Premier, 
priced at $850 per month, and FedComplete 200 Premier, priced at $1,375 
per month, with FedLine Advantage Premier included.
     The Reserve Banks will change the name of the FedMail 
Email package to FedLine Exchange; there is no change to the published 
fee.
    5. 2015 Price Index--Figure 1 compares indexes of fees for the 
Reserve Banks' priced services with the GDP price index starting in 
2005, which is the first full year the Reserve Banks offered Check 21 
services. The price index for Reserve Bank priced services is projected 
to increase approximately 1 percent in 2015 from the 2014 level. The 
price index for Check 21 services is projected to decrease 
approximately 3 percent. The price index for the FedACH Service is 
projected to decrease nearly 1 percent. The price index for the Fedwire 
Funds and National Settlement Services is projected to increase 
approximately 5 percent. The price index for the Fedwire Securities 
Services is projected to increase approximately 15 percent. For the 
period 2005 to 2014, the price index for total priced services is 
expected to decrease 32 percent. In comparison, for the period 2005 to 
2013, the GDP price index increased 16 percent.

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    B. Private Sector Adjustment Factor--The imputed debt financing 
costs, targeted ROE, and effective tax rate are based on a U.S. 
publicly traded firm market model.\11\ The method for calculating the 
financing costs in the PSAF requires determining the appropriate 
imputed levels of debt and equity and then applying the applicable 
financing rates. In this process, a pro forma balance sheet using 
estimated assets and liabilities associated with the Reserve Banks' 
priced services is developed, and the remaining elements that would 
exist are imputed, as if these priced services were provided by a 
private business firm. The same generally accepted accounting 
principles that apply to commercial-entity financial statements apply 
to the relevant elements in the priced services pro forma financial 
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    \11\ Data for U.S. publicly traded firms is from the Standard 
and Poor's Compustat[supreg] database. This database contains 
information on more than 6,000 U.S. publicly traded firms, which 
approximates the entirety of the U.S. market.
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    The portion of Federal Reserve assets that will be used to provide 
priced services during the coming year is determined using information 
about actual assets and projected disposals and acquisitions. The 
priced portion of these assets is determined based on the allocation of 
depreciation and amortization expenses of each asset class. The priced 
portion of actual Federal Reserve liabilities consists of 
postemployment and postretirement benefits, accounts payable, and other 
liabilities. The priced portion of the actual net pension asset or 
liability is also included on the balance sheet.\12\
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    \12\ The pension assets are netted with the pension liabilities 
and reported as a net asset or net liability as required by ASC 715 
Compensation--Retirement Benefits.
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    The equity financing rate is the targeted ROE produced by the 
capital asset pricing model (CAPM). In the CAPM, the required rate of 
return on a firm's equity is equal to the return on a risk-free asset 
plus a market risk premium. The risk-free rate is based on the three-
month Treasury bill; the beta is assumed to be equal to 1.0, which 
approximates the risk of the market as a whole; and the market risk 
premium is based on the monthly returns in excess of the risk-free rate 
over the most recent 40 years. The resulting ROE reflects the return a 
shareholder would expect when investing in a private business firm.
    For simplicity, given that federal corporate income tax rates are 
graduated, state income tax rates vary, and various credits and 
deductions can apply, an actual income tax expense is not explicitly 
calculated for Reserve Bank priced services. Instead, the Board targets 
a pre-tax ROE that would provide sufficient income to fulfill the 
priced services' imputed income tax obligations. To the extent that 
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than the targeted ROE, income taxes are adjusted using the effective 
tax rate.
    Capital structure. The capital structure is imputed based on the 
imputed funding need (assets less liabilities), subject to minimum 
equity constraints. Short-term debt is imputed to fund the imputed 
short-term funding need. Long-term debt and equity are imputed to meet 
the priced services long-term funding need at a ratio based on the 
capital structure of the U.S. publicly traded firm market. The level of 
equity must meet the minimum equity constraints, which follow the FDIC 
requirements for a well-capitalized institution. The priced services 
must maintain equity of at least 5 percent of total assets and 10 
percent of risk-weighted assets.\13\ Any equity imputed that exceeds 
the amount needed to fund the priced services' assets and meet the 
minimum equity constraints is offset by a reduction in imputed long-
term debt. When imputed equity is larger than what can be offset by 
imputed debt, the excess is imputed as investments in Treasury 
securities; income imputed on these investments reduces the PSAF.
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    \13\ The FDIC rule, which was adopted as final on April 8, 2014, 
requires that well-capitalized institutions meet or exceed the 
following standards: (1) total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio 
of at least 10 percent, (2) tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets 
ratio of at least 8 percent, (3) common equity tier 1 capital to 
risk-weighted assets ratio of at least 6.5 percent, and (4) a 
leverage ratio (tier 1 capital to total assets) of at least 5 
percent. Since all of the Federal Reserve priced services' equity on 
the pro forma balance sheet qualifies as tier 1 capital, only 
requirements 1 and 4 are binding. The FDIC rule can be located at 
https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2014/2014-04-08_notice_dis_c_fr.pdf.
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    Application of the Payment System Risk (PSR) Policy to the Fedwire 
Services. The Board recently approved revisions to the PSR policy to 
reflect the new international standards for financial market 
infrastructures (FMIs) developed by the Committee on Payment and 
Settlement Systems and the Technical Committee of the International 
Organization of Securities Commissions in the Principles for Financial 
Market Infrastructures. The revised policy retains the expectation that 
the Fedwire Services will meet or exceed the applicable risk-management 
standards. Principle 15 states that an FMI should identify, monitor, 
and manage general business risk and hold sufficient liquid net assets 
funded by equity to cover potential general business losses so that it 
can continue operations and services as a going concern if those losses 
materialize. Further, liquid net assets should at all times be 
sufficient to ensure a recovery or orderly wind-down of critical 
operations and services. The Fedwire Services do not face the risk that 
a business shock would cause the service to wind down in a disorderly 
manner and disrupt the stability of the financial system. In order to 
foster competition with private-sector FMIs, however, the Reserve 
Banks' priced services will hold six months of the Fedwire Funds 
Service's current operating expenses as liquid net financial assets and 
equity on the pro forma balance sheet.\14\ Current operating expenses 
are defined as normal business operating expenses on the income 
statement less depreciation, amortization, taxes, and interest on debt. 
The Fedwire Funds Service's six months of operating expenses are 
computed based on its 2015 budget at $47.7 million.\15\ The revised PSR 
policy requirement is met in 2015 by the investments and equity imputed 
to the priced services balance sheet; therefore, there is no need to 
impute additional assets or equity.
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    \14\ This requirement, which becomes effective on December 31, 
2015, does not apply to the Fedwire Securities Service. There are no 
competitors to the Fedwire Securities Service that will face such a 
requirement, and imposing such a requirement when pricing securities 
services could artificially increase the cost of these services.
    \15\ 2015 budget pro forma as of October 8, 2014 based on 
initial transmission data.
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    Effective tax rate. As with the imputed capital structure, the 
effective tax rate is calculated based on data from U.S. publicly 
traded firms. The tax rate is the mean of the weighted average rates of 
the U.S. publicly traded firm market over the past 5 years.
    Debt and equity financing. The imputed short- and long-term debt 
financing rates are derived from the nonfinancial commercial paper 
rates from the Federal Reserve Board's H.15 Selected Interest Rates 
release (AA and A2/P2) and the annual Merrill Lynch Corporate & High 
Yield Index rate, respectively. The rates for debt and equity financing 
are applied to the priced services estimated imputed short-term debt, 
long-term debt, and equity needed to finance short- and long-term 
assets and meet equity requirements.
    The decrease in the 2015 PSAF is primarily due to lower financing 
costs as a result of fewer priced services assets to be financed than 
in 2014. Debt and equity financing rates declined and less debt and 
equity was imputed to fund priced services assets.
    Projected 2015 Federal Reserve priced-services assets, reflected in 
table 3, have decreased $107.3 million from 2014, which is primarily 
the result of a decline in the deferred tax asset. As shown in table 3, 
the amount of long-term debt for the 2015 PSAF is $81.9 million, a 
decline of $37.4 million from $119.3 million in 2014. Imputed equity 
for 2015 is $71.9 million, a decrease of approximately $10.4 million 
from the equity imputed for 2014. In accordance with FAS 158 [ASC 715], 
this amount includes an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $523.7 
million.
    Table 4 reflects the portion of short- and long-term assets that 
must be financed with actual or imputed liabilities and equity. Debt 
and equity imputed to fund the 2015 priced services assets within the 
observed market leverage ratio produced an equity level that did not 
meet the FDIC minimum equity requirements. As a result, additional 
equity was imputed to meet the FDIC requirements and imputed long-term 
debt was reduced. The ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets meets 
the required 10 percent of risk-weighted assets and equity exceeds 5 
percent of total assets (table 6). In 2014, long-term debt and equity 
was imputed to meet the asset funding requirements and reflects the 
leverage ratio observed in the market; no additional equity was 
required (table 5).
    Table 5 shows the derivation of the 2015 and 2014 PSAF. Financing 
costs for 2015 are $4.3 million lower than in 2014. In addition to the 
decline in the levels of debt and equity mentioned above, the long-term 
debt and cost of equity declined 9 basis points and 5 basis points, 
respectively. The reduced equity balance and the lower cost of equity 
result in a pre-tax ROE that is $1.4 million lower than the 2014 pre-
tax ROE. Imputed sales taxes declined to $3.3 million in 2015 from $3.5 
million in 2014. The priced services portion of the Board's expenses 
decreased $0.8 million to $3.3 million in 2015 from $4.1 million in 
2014. The effective income tax rate used in 2015 decreased to 22.4 
percent from 37.2 percent in 2014.

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          Table 3--Comparison of Pro Forma Balance Sheets for Budgeted Federal Reserve Priced Services
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Short-term assets:
    Receivables.................................................            34.5            35.8           (1.3)
    Materials and supplies......................................             0.6             0.7           (0.1)
    Prepaid expenses............................................            11.0            11.1           (0.1)
Items in process of collection \16\.............................           151.0           200.0          (49.0)
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        Total short-term assets.................................           197.2           247.7          (50.5)
Imputed investments \17\........................................          $600.0          $600.0            $0.0
Long-term assets:
    Premises \18\...............................................          $116.2          $123.6          $(7.4)
    Furniture and equipment.....................................            39.9            37.6             2.3
    Leasehold improvements and long-term prepayments............            91.5           103.3          (11.7)
    Net pension asset...........................................            79.6            39.3            40.2
    Deferred tax asset..........................................           222.8           303.1          (80.2)
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        Total long-term assets..................................           550.0           606.8          (56.8)
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            Total assets........................................        $1,347.2        $1,454.5        $(107.3)
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Short-term liabilities:
    Deferred credit items.......................................          $751.0          $800.0         $(49.0)
    Short-term debt.............................................            18.5            22.2           (3.6)
    Short-term payables.........................................            27.6            25.5             2.1
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        Total short-term liabilities............................           797.2           847.7          (50.5)
Long-term liabilities:
    Long-term debt..............................................           $81.9          $119.3         $(37.4)
    Postemployment/postretirement benefits and net pension                 396.3           405.2           (8.9)
     liabilities \19\...........................................
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        Total liabilities.......................................        $1,275.3        $1,372.2         $(96.9)
Equity \17\ \20\................................................           $71.9           $82.3         $(10.4)
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            Total liabilities and equity........................        $1,347.2        $1,454.5        $(107.3)
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    \16\ Credit float, which represents the difference between items 
in process of collection and deferred credit items, occurs when the 
Reserve Banks debit the paying bank for transactions prior to 
providing credit to the depositing bank. Float is directly estimated 
at the service level.
    \17\ Consistent with the Federal Reserve Policy on Payment 
System Risk, the Reserve Banks' priced services will hold six months 
of the Fedwire Funds Service's current operating expenses as liquid 
net financial assets and equity on the pro forma balance sheet. Six 
months of the Fedwire Funds Service's projected operating expenses 
is $47.7 million. As this requirement takes effect on the last day 
of the year, the minimum liquid financial assets and equity 
requirement is $0.1 million ($47.7 million/365). The investments and 
equity imputed to the priced services balance sheet of $600 million 
and $71.9 million, respectively, are greater than the liquid 
financial assets and equity required; therefore no additional 
imputation is necessary.
    \18\ Includes the allocation of Board of Governors assets to 
priced services of $0.7 and $0.6 million for 2015 and 2014, 
respectively.
    \19\ Includes the allocation of Board of Governors liabilities 
to priced services of $0.6 million and $0.6 million for 2015 and 
2014, respectively.
    \20\ Includes an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $523.7 
million for 2015 and $497.5 million for 2014, which reflects the 
ongoing amortization of the accumulated loss in accordance with FAS 
158 [ASC 715]. Future gains or losses, and their effects on the pro 
forma balance sheet, cannot be projected. See table 5 for 
calculation of required imputed equity amount.

           Table 4--Imputed Funding for Priced-Services Assets
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A. Short-term asset financing
    Short-term assets to be financed....
        Receivables.....................           $34.5           $35.8
        Materials and supplies..........             0.6             0.7
        Prepaid expenses................            11.0            11.1
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    Total short-term assets to be                  $46.2           $47.7
     financed...........................
        Short-term payables.............            27.6            25.5
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      Net short-term assets to be                  $18.5           $22.2
       financed.........................
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            Imputed short-term debt                $18.5           $22.2
             financing \21\.............
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B. Long-term asset financing
    Long-term assets to be financed.....
        Premises........................          $116.2          $123.6

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        Furniture and equipment.........            39.9            37.6
        Leasehold improvements and long-            91.5           103.3
         term prepayments...............
        Net pension asset...............            79.6            39.3
        Deferred tax asset..............           222.8           303.1
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    Total long-term assets to be                  $550.0          $606.8
     financed...........................
        Postemployment/postretirement              396.3           405.2
         benefits and net pension
         liabilities....................
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        Net long-term assets to be                $153.8          $201.6
         financed.......................
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Imputed long-term debt \21\.............           $81.9          $119.3
Imputed equity \21\.....................            71.9            82.3
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            Total long-term financing...          $153.8          $201.6
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    \21\ See table 5 for calculation.

                                  Table 5--Derivation of the 2015 and 2014 PSAF
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A. Imputed long-term debt and equity:
    Net long-term assets to finance...........     $153.8  .........     $153.8     $201.6  .........     $201.6
    Capital structure observed in market......      58.2%  .........      41.8%      59.2%  .........      40.8%
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    Pre-adjusted long-term debt and equity....      $89.5  .........      $64.3     $119.3  .........      $82.3
    Equity adjustments offset by: \22\
        Imputed long-term debt................      (7.6)  .........        7.6         --  .........         --
        Imputed investments...................         --  .........         --         --  .........         --
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                                                    $81.9  .........      $71.9     $119.3  .........      $82.3
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B. Cost of capital:
    Elements of capital costs.................
        Short-term debt \23\..................    $18.5 x     0.2% =       $0.0    $22.2 x     0.2% =       $0.0
        Long-term debt \23\...................     81.9 x     5.0% =        4.1    119.3 x     5.9% =        7.0
        Equity \24\...........................     71.9 x    10.1% =        7.3     82.3 x    10.6% =        8.7
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                                                .........  .........      $11.4  .........  .........      $15.8
C. Other required PSAF costs:
    Sales taxes...............................  .........       $3.3  .........  .........       $3.5
    Board of Governors expenses...............  .........        3.3  .........  .........        4.1
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                                                .........  .........        6.6  .........  .........        7.6
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                                                .........  .........      $18.0  .........  .........      $23.4
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D. Total PSAF:
    As a percent of assets....................  .........  .........       1.3%  .........  .........       1.6%
    As a percent of expenses..................  .........  .........       4.5%  .........  .........       5.6%
E. Tax rates..................................  .........  .........      22.4%  .........  .........      37.2%
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    \22\ If minimum equity constraints are not met after imputing 
equity based on the capital structure observed in the market, 
additional equity is imputed to meet these constraints. The long-
term funding need was met by imputing long-term debt and equity 
based on the capital structure observed in the market (see tables 4 
and 6). In 2014, the amount of imputed equity was based on the 
minimum equity requirements for risk-weighted assets, or 10%.
    \23\ Imputed short-term debt and long-term debt are computed at 
table 4.
    \24\ The 2015 ROE is equal to a risk-free rate plus a risk 
premium (beta * market risk premium). The 2015 after-tax CAPM ROE is 
calculated as 0.03% + (1.0 * 7.83%) = 7.86%. Using a tax rate of 
22.4%, the after-tax ROE is converted into a pretax ROE, which 
results in a pretax ROE of (7.86%/(1 - 22.4%)) = 10.1%. Calculations 
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                Table 6--Computation of 2015 Capital Adequacy for Federal Reserve Priced Services
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                                                                      Assets        Risk weight       assets
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Imputed investments:
    3-month Treasury bills \25\.................................             $--  ..............             $--
    Federal funds \26\..........................................           600.0             0.2           120.0
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        Total imputed investments...............................           600.0
Receivables.....................................................           $34.5             0.2            $6.9
Materials and supplies..........................................             0.6             1.0             0.6
Prepaid expenses................................................            11.0             1.0            11.0
Items in process of collection..................................           151.0             0.2            30.2
Premises........................................................           116.2             1.0           116.2
Furniture and equipment.........................................            39.9             1.0            39.9
Leasehold improvements and long-term prepayments................            91.5             1.0            91.5
Pension asset...................................................            79.6             1.0            79.6
Deferred tax asset..............................................           222.8             1.0           222.8
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            Total...............................................        $1,347.2  ..............          $718.8
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Imputed equity..................................................  ..............  ..............           $71.9
Capital to risk-weighted assets.................................           10.0%
Capital to total assets.........................................            5.3%
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    C. Check Service--Table 7 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimated, 
and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery performance for the commercial check 
service.
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    \25\ If minimum equity constraints are not met after imputing 
equity based on all other financial statement components, additional 
equity is imputed to meet these constraints. Additional equity 
imputed to meet minimum equity requirements is invested solely in 
Treasury securities. The imputed investments are similar to those 
for which rates are available on the Federal Reserve's H.15 
statistical release, which can be located at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h15/data.htm.
    \26\ The investments are imputed based on the amounts arising 
from the collection of items prior to providing credit according to 
established availability schedules.

                          Table 7--Check Service Pro Forma Cost and Revenue Performance
                                              [Dollars in millions]
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                                                                                                   Recovery rate
                                                                    Net income                    after targeted
              Year                    Revenue      Total expense    (ROE) [1-2]    Targeted ROE    ROE [1/(2+4)]
                                                                                                         %
                                               1               2               3               4               5
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2013 (actual)...................           198.9           170.7            28.2             1.7           115.4
2014 (estimate).................           172.5           149.1            23.4             1.9           114.2
2015 (budget)...................           151.8           142.0             9.8             2.0           105.4
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    1. 2014 Estimate--The Reserve Banks estimate that the check service 
will recover 114.2 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, compared 
with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 108.8 percent. Greater-than-
expected check volumes processed by the Reserve Banks and lower-than-
expected costs have influenced significantly the check services cost 
recovery.27 28
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    \27\ The greater-than-expected check volume is attributed to 
continued enhancements of two strategic FedForward product 
offerings, specifically select mixed and premium mixed.
    \28\ Operating costs are expected to be $2.1 million lower than 
the original 2014 budget due to operational efficiencies in check 
processing as well as lower than budgeted information technology 
costs. Pension costs are also projected to be $3.5 million under the 
original budget.
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    The decline in Reserve Bank check volume, which is attributable to 
the decline in the number of checks written generally, was not as great 
as anticipated. Through September, total forward check volume is 4.5 
percent lower and total return check volume is 12.4 percent lower than 
for the same period last year. For full-year 2014, the Reserve Banks 
estimate that their total forward check volume will decline 5.1 percent 
(compared to a budgeted decline of nearly 9 percent) and their total 
return check volume will decline 13.0 percent (compared to a budgeted 
decline of about 14 percent) from 2013 levels.\29\
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    \29\ Total Reserve Bank forward check volumes are expected to 
drop from roughly 6.0 billion in 2013 to 5.7 billion in 2014. Total 
Reserve Bank return check volumes are expected to drop from roughly 
42.1 million in 2013 to 36.6 million in 2014.
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    2. 2015 Pricing--The Reserve Banks project that the check service 
will recover 105.4 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 2015. 
The Reserve Banks project revenue to be $151.8 million, a decline of 12 
percent from 2014. This decline is driven largely by projected 
reductions in both forward check and return check volume. The Reserve 
Banks estimate that total Reserve Bank forward check volumes will 
decline nearly 7 percent to 5.3 billion and return check volumes will 
decline approximately 14 percent to 31.3 million in 2015. Total 
expenses for the check service are projected to be $142.0 million, a 
decline of nearly 5 percent from 2014. The reduction in check costs is 
driven primarily by the cost savings associated with the implementation 
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platform.\30\
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    \30\ The Reserve Banks completed a multi-year check platform 
modernization initiative in October 2012.
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    The Reserve Banks announced in October a 12:00 noon deadline (but 
not the associated fees) for three deposit options within the current 
FedForward product line, specifically, Mixed, Premium Mixed D, and 
Select Mixed products, to provide an opportunity for the bank of first 
deposit to present forward items to paying banks one day 
earlier.31 32 For the Mixed deposit option, the Reserve 
Banks will reduce the per-item fees for tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the 
current 10:00 a.m. deposition option, as seen in table 8.\33\ For the 
Select Mixed option, the Reserve Banks will increase the per-item fees 
for non-eligible items from $0.10 to $0.35 and to implement a $25 ICL 
surcharge.\34\ For the Premium Mixed D option, the Reserve Banks will 
charge per-item fees $0.002 higher than the per-item fees at the 
current 1:00 a.m. deadline (with the exception of the substitute check 
fee, which will be $0.20 higher) and a $25 ICL surcharge.\35\
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    \31\ Depository institutions deposit image cash letters using 
nine deposit options within the FedForward product line, which vary 
in price structure and funds availability. A current list of 
FedForward deposit options can be found at http://frbservices.org/servicefees/check_services_2014.html.
    \32\ The Reserve Banks announced the deadline in October, 
effective January 2, 2015, to provide both collecting banks and 
paying banks enough time to modify their processes to deposit and 
receive items at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The 
announcement can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/files/communications/pdf/check/100314_updated_new_fedforward_deposit_deadline.pdf.
    \33\ The Mixed product option allows customers to send forward 
collection items in a mixed cash letter at various deadlines for a 
lower cash letter fee and higher electronic per-item fee.
    \34\ The Select Mixed product option allows customers to send 
forward collection items drawn on specific endpoints in a separate 
cash letter, which combines a high fixed fee with a lower per-item 
variable fee. All eligible items in the cash letter receive 
immediate availability and qualify for the special pricing while 
ineligible items receive deferred availability of the next business 
day and pay a higher per-item fee. A current list of Select Mixed 
endpoints can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/servicefees/check21_endpoint_listing.html.
    \35\ The Premium Mixed product option allow customers to send 
forward collection items within a specific number of mixed cash 
letters for a daily fixed fee and a lower per-item fee. A surcharge, 
or overage fee, is charged for each cash letter deposited over the 
published threshold. Premium Mixed depositors are not eligible to 
use Fine Sort and Deferred Fine Sort products.

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                                   FedForward Mixed Image Cash Letter \a\ \b\
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Deadline....................................................   9:00 p.m.    1:00 a.m.    5:00 a.m.    12:00 p.m.
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Cash letter fee.............................................        $3.50        $4.50        $6.50        $6.50
    Tier 1..................................................       0.0080       0.0230       0.0500       0.0700
    Tier 2..................................................       0.0200       0.0330       0.0800       0.1000
    Tier 3..................................................       0.0300       0.0500       0.2000       0.2200
    Tier 4..................................................       0.0400       0.0600       0.2500       0.2700
    Substitute check \e\....................................       0.1500       0.1500       0.3000       0.3500
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                              FedForward Premium Mixed D Image Cash Letter \a\ \b\
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Deadline....................................................          1:00 a.m.
                                                                     12:00 p.m.
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Cash letter fee \d\.........................................           $500.00
                                                                       $500.00
Cash letter surcharge \c\...................................  ........................
                                                                 ..................
                                                                        25.00
    Tier 1..................................................           0.0040
                                                                       0.0060
    Tier 2..................................................           0.0170
                                                                       0.0190
    Tier 3..................................................           0.0280
                                                                       0.0300
    Tier 4..................................................           0.0390
                                                                       0.0410
    Substitute check \e\....................................           0.1500
                                                                       0.3500
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                                FedForward Select Mixed Image Cash Letter \a\ \b\
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Deadline....................................................          5:00 a.m.
                                                                     12:00 p.m.
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Daily fixed fee.............................................    $2,200.00      $900.00    $2,200.00      $900.00
Cash letter surcharge \c\...................................  ...........  ...........        25.00        25.00
Tier 1......................................................       0.0020       0.0020       0.0020       0.0020
Tier 2......................................................       0.0040       0.0060       0.0040       0.0060
Tier 3......................................................       0.0060       0.0080       0.0060       0.0080
Non-eligible endpoints......................................       0.1000       0.1000       0.3500       0.3500
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\a\ All deadlines are Monday through Friday.
\b\ A current list of FedForward endpoint tier listings can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/servicefees/
  check21--Fendpoint--listing.html.
\c\ The surcharge will apply to each cash letter received between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., in addition to the
  daily fixed fee.
\d\ Depositors who send more than the allowed maximum number of files will be charged a $35.00 file overage fee
  for each additional cash letter. The maximum number of cash letters per day for the Premium Mixed D product is
  35.
\e\ The Reserve Bank's Check 21 service fees include separate and substantially different fees for the delivery
  of checks to electronic endpoints versus paper substitute check endpoints.

    The Reserve Banks will introduce two new deposit options to the 
FedForward Premium Mixed ICL products, Premium Mixed E and F, as seen 
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                           Table 9--FedForward Premium Mixed Image Cash Letter \a\ \b\
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                                                        Premium Mixed E \c\             Premium Mixed F \c\
                    Deadline                     ---------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     5:00 a.m.      12:00 p.m.       5:00 a.m.      12:00 p.m.
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Daily fixed fee \d\.............................         $325.00         $325.00         $650.00         $650.00
Cash letter surcharge \e\.......................  ..............           25.00  ..............           25.00
Tier 1..........................................          0.0040          0.0060          0.0040          0.0060
Tier 2..........................................          0.0170          0.0190          0.0170          0.0190
Tier 3..........................................          0.0280          0.0300          0.0280          0.0300
Tier 4..........................................          0.0390          0.0410          0.0390          0.0410
Substitute Checks \f\...........................          0.3000          0.3500          0.3000          0.3500
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\a\ All deadlines are Monday through Friday.
\b\ A current list of FedForward endpoint tier listings can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/servicefees/
  check21--Fendpoint--listing.html.
\c\ Premium Mixed E and Premium Mixed F products are not eligible to use Fine Sort or Deferred Fine Sort
  products.
\d\ Depositors who send more than the allowed maximum number of files will be charged a $35.00 file overage fee
  for each additional cash letter. The maximum number of cash letters per day for Premium Mixed E and Premium
  Mixed F is 30 and 60, respectively.
\e\ The surcharge will apply to each cash letter received between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., in addition to the
  daily fixed fee.
\f\ The Reserve Bank's Check 21 service fees include separate and substantially different fees for the delivery
  of checks to electronic endpoints versus paper substitute check endpoints.

    The Reserve Banks will increase the FedForward Deferred Mixed ICL 
product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. deadlines by 
$0.002 and $0.004, respectively. They also will increase the FedForward 
Deferred Fine Sort ICL product per-item fees at the 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 
a.m. deadlines by $0.001 and $0.002, respectively. The Reserve Banks 
hope to encourage depositors to shift volume from the deferred-
availability product to one of the immediate-availability options at 
12:00 noon. The Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will 
result in an approximate 0.5 percent average price decrease for check 
customers.
    Risks to the Reserve Banks' ability to achieve budgeted 2015 cost 
recovery for the check service include greater-than-expected check 
volume losses due to reductions in check writing overall and 
competition from correspondent banks, aggregators, and direct 
exchanges, which would result in lower-than-anticipated revenue, and 
higher-than-expected support and overhead costs.
    D. FedACH Service--Table 10 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 estimate, 
and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery performance for the commercial FedACH 
service.

                         Table 10--FedACH Service Pro Forma Cost and Revenue Performance
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                                                                                                   Recovery rate
              Year                    Revenue      Total expense    Net income     Targeted roe   after targeted
                                                                    (Roe) [1-2]                    Roe [1/(2+4)]
                                               1               2               3               4               5
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2013 (actual)...................           118.9           116.3             2.6             1.2          101.2%
2014 (estimate).................           123.3           140.9           -17.6             1.7            86.5
2015 (budget)...................           124.4           122.6             1.8             1.7           100.0
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    1. 2014 Estimate--The Reserve Banks estimate that the FedACH 
service will recover 86.5 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE, 
compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 99.2 percent. The 
shortfall in the FedACH Service is due to a $31.6 million charge 
related to its investment associated with a multiyear technology 
initiative to modernize its processing platform.\36\ The Reserve Banks' 
long-term cost recovery average, from 2003 to 2014, is 102.1 percent. 
Through September, FedACH commercial origination and receipt volume was 
4.1 percent higher than it was during the same period last year. The 
Reserve Banks believe that the volume growth will continue at the same 
pace for the full year 2014, higher than the 3.0 budgeted volume 
increase.
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    \36\ The Reserve Banks have been engaged in a multiyear 
technology initiative to modernize the FedACH processing platform by 
migrating the service from a mainframe system to a distributed 
computing environment. In late 2013, the Reserve Banks conducted an 
assessment focused on the viability and cost-effectiveness of the 
program. As a result, the Reserve Banks in 2014 suspended the 
program and began to investigate the use of other technology 
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    2. 2015 Pricing--The Reserve Banks expect the FedACH service to 
recover 100.0 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 2015. 
FedACH commercial origination and receipt volume is projected to grow 
3.5 percent contributing to an increase of $1.1 million in total 
revenue from the 2014 estimate. Total expenses are budgeted to decrease 
$900 thousand from 2014 budgeted expenses of $125.3 million, primarily 
because of efficiencies gained from synergies between the check and ACH 
operations.
    The Reserve Banks will modify the FedACH Minimum Origination Fee 
calculation to include fees associated with SameDay and FedGlobal 
origination transactions in the computation.\37\ The Reserve Banks will 
reduce the tier volume thresholds for the FedACH Risk Management 
Services from 500,000 to 100,000 items reviewed per month.
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    \37\ Each Originating Depository Financial Institution (ODFI) is 
charged a minimum of $35 per month in forward value and non-value 
item origination fees. The fees associated with domestic FedACH, 
SameDay, and FedGlobal originations are collectively subject to the 
minimum fee.
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    The primary risks to the Reserve Banks' ability to achieve budgeted 
2015 cost recovery for the FedACH service are cost overruns associated 
with unanticipated problems related to infrastructure currency efforts 
and higher-than-expected support and overhead costs. Other risks 
include lower-than-expected volume and associated revenue due to 
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mergers and acquisitions and loss of market share due to direct 
exchanges and a shift of volume to the private-sector operator.
    E. Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services--Table 11 shows 
the 2013 actual, 2014 estimate, and 2015 budgeted cost-recovery 
performance for the Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services.

         Table 11--Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services Pro Forma Cost and Revenue Performance
                                              [dollars in millions]
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                                                                                                   Recovery rate
                                                                    Net income                    after targeted
              Year                    Revenue      Total expense    (ROE) [1-2]    Targeted ROE    ROE [1/(2+4)]
                                                                                                         %
                                               1               2               3               4               5
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2013 (actual)...................            96.7            97.1            -0.3             1.0            98.6
2014 (estimate).................           109.5           106.6             2.9             1.5           101.3
2015 (budget)...................           112.2           109.8             2.4             1.5           100.8
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    1. 2014 Estimate -- The Reserve Banks estimate that the Fedwire 
Funds and National Settlement Services will recover 101.3 percent of 
total expenses and targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery 
rate of 98.0 percent. The higher-than-budgeted cost recovery is 
primarily due to lower-than-expected operating costs, which offset 
weaker-than-anticipated volumes and associated revenue.
    Through September, Fedwire Funds Service online volume was 0.6 
percent lower than for the same period last year. For full-year 2014, 
the Reserve Banks estimate Fedwire Funds Service online volume to 
decline 1.1 percent from 2013 levels, compared to the 3.8 percent 
volume increase that had been budgeted. Through September, National 
Settlement Service settlement file volume was unchanged from the same 
period last year, while settlement entry volume was 5.6 percent lower. 
For the full year, the Reserve Banks estimate that settlement file 
volume will decrease 2.8 percent (same as budgeted) and settlement 
entry volume will decrease 7.3 percent from 2013 levels (compared to a 
budgeted 1.8 percent increase).
    2. 2015 Pricing--The Reserve Banks expect the Fedwire Funds Service 
to recover 100.8 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE. Revenue is 
projected to be $112.2 million, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. 
The Reserve Banks project total expenses to be $3.2 million higher than 
the 2014 estimate.
    The Reserve Banks will adjust the incentive pricing fees for the 
Fedwire Funds Service by increasing the Tier 1 per item pre-incentive 
fee (the fee before volume discounts are applied) from $0.69 to $0.73 
and increasing the Tier 3 per item pre-incentive fee from $0.14 to 
$0.15. The Reserve Banks intend to keep the Tier 2 per-item pre-
incentive fee the same.
    The Reserve Banks will decrease the surcharge for transfers 
exceeding $10 million from $0.15 to $0.14.
    The Reserve Banks will increase the FedPayments Manager import/
export monthly fee from $45 to $50. In addition, the Reserve Banks will 
increase the offline transaction surcharge from $45 to $50. The Reserve 
Banks estimate that the price changes will result in an approximate 4.7 
percent average price increase for Fedwire Funds customers.
    The Reserve Banks will not change National Settlement Service fees 
for 2015. The Reserve Banks' Fedwire Funds and National Settlement 
Services fees are consistent with their multi-year strategy to minimize 
pricing volatility while undertaking ongoing technology upgrades and 
related projects to further strengthen information security.
    The primary risk to the Reserve Banks' ability to achieve budgeted 
2015 cost recovery for these services is cost overruns and schedule 
delays from unanticipated problems with managing complex technology 
programs.
    F. Fedwire Securities Service--Table 12 shows the 2013 actual, 2014 
estimate, and 2015 budgeted cost recovery performance for the Fedwire 
Securities Service.\38\
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    \38\ The Reserve Banks provide transfer services for securities 
issued by the U.S. Treasury, federal government agencies, 
government-sponsored enterprises, and certain international 
institutions. The priced component of this service, reflected in 
this memorandum, consists of revenues, expenses, and volumes 
associated with the transfer of all non-Treasury securities. For 
Treasury securities, the U.S. Treasury assesses fees for the 
securities transfer component of the service. The Reserve Banks 
assess a fee for the funds settlement component of a Treasury 
securities transfer; this component is not treated as a priced 
service.

                   Table 12--Fedwire Securities Service Pro Forma Cost and Revenue Performance
                                              [dollars in millions]
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                                                                                                   Recovery rate
                                                                    Net income                    after targeted
              Year                    Revenue      Total expense    (ROE) [1-2]    Targeted ROE    ROE [1/(2+4)]
                                                                                                         %
                                               1               2               3               4               5
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2013 (actual)...................            26.9            25.3             1.5             0.2           105.0
2014 (estimate).................            23.8            23.4             0.4             0.3           100.1
2015 (budget)...................            26.0            26.5            -0.6             0.4            96.5
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    1. 2014 Estimate-- The Reserve Banks estimate that the Fedwire 
Securities Service will recover 100.1 percent of total expenses and 
targeted ROE, compared with a 2014 budgeted recovery rate of 98.0 
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higher-than-expected cost recovery is primarily due to lower-than-
budgeted information technology and pension costs, which offset weaker-
than-anticipated volumes and associated revenue.
    Through September, Fedwire Securities Service online volume was 
31.5 percent lower than the same period last year. For full-year 2014, 
the Reserve Banks estimate Fedwire Securities Service online volume to 
decline 30.8 percent from 2013 levels, compared to a budgeted decline 
of 10.9 percent.
    2. 2015 Pricing--The Reserve Banks expect the Fedwire Securities 
Service to recover 96.5 percent of total expenses and targeted ROE in 
2015. The Reserve Banks project that 2015 revenue and expenses will 
increase by $2.2 million and $3.1 million, respectively, compared to 
2014 estimates.
    The Reserve Banks project that online transfer activity will 
decline by 12.9 percent in 2015, the number of accounts maintained will 
decrease by 14.1 percent, and the number of agency securities 
maintained will increase by 0.1 percent.\39\ The projected decline in 
account maintenance activity reflects customer closures of empty 
accounts to avoid unnecessary expenses and increased competition in 
collateral management services.\40\ The Reserve Banks also estimate a 
decrease in online transfer activity, driven by lower expected issuance 
of mortgage-backed and agency debt securities. The reduction in 
mortgage-backed securities issuance reflects gradually increasing 
interest rates and lower anticipated mortgage refinancing. The 
reduction in agency debt issuance reflects a further required reduction 
in government sponsored enterprise portfolios, which has led to a 
reduced funding need for new debt issuance.
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    \39\ The online transfer fee, monthly account maintenance fee, 
and monthly issue maintenance fee accounted for 92 percent of total 
Fedwire Securities Service revenue through June 2014.
    \40\ Specifically, collateral management services refers to the 
Fedwire Securities Joint Custody Service, which facilitates the 
collateralization of deposits made by a government entity, through 
the pledging of book-entry securities by its depository institution. 
Approximately 72 percent of Fedwire Securities priced accounts are 
collateral accounts related to the Joint Custody Service.
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    Expenses are budgeted to increase by $3.1 million from 2014 
estimates, reflecting higher technology upgrade costs. The higher 
technology upgrade costs, however, are expected to be partially offset 
by higher Treasury reimbursements.\41\
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    \41\ Treasury reimbursement is calculated by multiplying costs 
by the ratio of Treasury to agency transfers. In 2015, Treasury 
projects its transfer volume will remain flat, while the Reserve 
Banks expect agency transfers to decrease. Therefore, the higher 
projected ratio of Treasury to agency transfers will result in 
Treasury reimbursing a higher portion of total costs.
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    The Reserve Banks will increase various fees for the Fedwire 
Securities Service. The Reserve Banks will increase the online transfer 
fee from $0.54 to $0.65, the monthly account maintenance fee from $40 
to $48, and the monthly issue maintenance fee from $0.54 to $0.65 per 
issue. The Reserve Banks will also increase the Joint Custody 
Origination Surcharge from $40 to $44. The Reserve Banks estimate that 
the price changes will result in an approximate 19.1 percent average 
price increase for Fedwire Securities customers.
    The primary risk to the Reserve Banks' ability to achieve budgeted 
2015 cost recovery for these services is cost overruns and schedule 
delays from unanticipated problems with managing complex technology 
upgrades.
    G. FedLine Access--The Reserve Banks charge fees for the electronic 
connections that depository institutions use to access priced services 
and allocate the costs and revenue associated with this electronic 
access to the various priced services. There are currently five FedLine 
channels through which customers can access the Reserve Banks' priced 
services: FedMail, FedLine Web[supreg], FedLine Advantage, FedLine 
Command[supreg], and FedLine Direct.\42\ The Reserve Banks package 
these channels into ten FedLine packages, described in the two 
paragraphs below, that are supplemented by a number of premium (or 
[agrave] la carte) access and accounting information options. In 
addition, the Reserve Banks offer FedComplete packages, which are 
bundled offerings of a FedLine Advantage connection and a fixed number 
of FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Check 21-enabled services.
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    \42\ FedMail, FedLine Web, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command, 
and FedLine Direct are registered trademarks of the Federal Reserve 
Banks.
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    Five attended access packages offer access to critical payment and 
information services via a Web-based interface. The FedLine Exchange 
package (formerly the FedMail Email package) provides access to basic 
information services via email, while two FedLine Web packages offer an 
email option plus online attended access to a range of services, 
including cash services, FedACH information services, and check 
services. Three FedLine Advantage packages expand upon the FedLine Web 
packages and offer attended access to critical transactional services: 
FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Fedwire Securities.
    Four unattended access packages are computer-to-computer, IP-based 
interfaces designed for medium- to high-volume customers. The FedLine 
Command package offers an unattended connection to FedACH, as well as 
most accounting information services. The three remaining packages are 
FedLine Direct packages, which allow for unattended connections at one 
of three connection speeds to FedACH, Fedwire Funds, and Fedwire 
Securities transactional and information services and to most 
accounting information services.\43\
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    \43\ The FedLine Direct base-level package is available to 
current customers only and will be phased out in 2015 due to 
elimination of 56K line speed.
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    Many of the FedLine access solutions fees in 2015 are designed to 
encourage customers to migrate to more efficient access solutions. The 
Reserve Banks will increase the fees on legacy services, such as an 
additional $10 per month for FedMail Fax, $300 per month for FedLine 
Direct (56K), and $400 for an additional 56K connection. The Reserve 
Banks also will introduce a $2,500 per month surcharge for those 
depository institutions that continue to use the AT&T VPN after 
February 1, 2015, instead of migrating to the Sprint VPN.
    In addition, the Reserve Banks will make other changes to FedLine 
pricing for 2015 to improve contingency preparedness between Reserve 
Banks and depository institutions. In particular, the Reserve Banks 
will add to the FedLine Advantage channel a new package, FedLine 
Advantage Premier that will be priced at $500 per month and includes a 
secondary VPN device.\44\ FedLine Advantage Premier will also include 
the FedTransaction Analyzer[supreg] tool, which enables depository 
institutions to streamline after-the-fact analysis of payment 
transactions and automate reporting processes. Depository institutions 
with more than 250 Fedwire transactions, or more than one routing 
number, will have access to the FedTransaction Analyzer tool via 
FedLine Advantage Premier rather than FedLine Advantage Plus 
package.\45\
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    \44\ All customers, regardless of their chosen electronic access 
channel, are responsible for the purchase and installation of each 
VPN device.
    \45\ Current FedTransaction Analyzer customers will be 
automatically moved to FedLine Advantage Premier if they originate 
and receive more than 250 Fedwire funds transfers or have more than 
one routing number in a given month. Customers can opt out of the 
increased fees by discontinuing their use of the FedTransaction 
Analyzer tool or the FedLine Advantage access solution.
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    The Reserve Banks will introduce two new tiers to FedComplete 
package solutions called FedComplete 100 Premier and FedComplete 200 
Premier,

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which are $850 and $1,375 per month, respectively. These FedComplete 
packages include FedLine Advantage Premier.

II. Analysis of Competitive Effect

    All operational and legal changes considered by the Board that have 
a substantial effect on payments system participants are subject to the 
competitive impact analysis described in the March 1990 policy, The 
Federal Reserve in the Payments System.\46\ Under this policy, the 
Board assesses whether proposed changes would have a direct and 
material adverse effect on the ability of other service providers to 
compete effectively with the Federal Reserve in providing similar 
services because of differing legal powers or constraints or because of 
a dominant market position deriving from such legal differences. If any 
proposed changes create such an effect, the Board must further evaluate 
the changes to assess whether the benefits associated with the 
changes--such as contributions to payment system efficiency, payment 
system integrity, or other Board objectives--can be achieved while 
minimizing the adverse effect on competition.
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    \46\ Federal Reserve Regulatory Service (FRRS) 9-1558.
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    The changes for 2015 are limited to product enhancements and 
pricing modifications; no new products or pricing constructs are 
introduced. These changes will not have a direct and material adverse 
effect on the ability of other service providers to compete effectively 
with the Reserve Banks in providing similar services. The changes 
should permit the Reserve Banks to earn a ROE that is comparable to 
overall market returns and provide for full cost recovery over the long 
run.

III. 2015 Fee Schedules

                    FedACH Service 2015 Fee Schedule
  [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices]
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                                                    Fee
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FedACH minimum monthly fee.......
    Originating Depository         $35.00.
     Financial Institution (ODFI)
     \47\.
    Receiving Depository           25.00.
     Financial Institution (RDFI)
     \48\.
Origination (per item or record)
 \49\.
    Forward or return items in     0.0030.
     small files.
    Forward or return items in     0.0025.
     large files.
    Addenda record...............  0.0015.
    FedLine Web[supreg]-           0.35.
     originated returns and
     notification of change (NOC)
     fee \50\.
    Facsimile exception returns/   45.00.
     NOC \51\.
    Automated NOC fee............  0.20.
    Volume-based discounts (based
     on monthly billed receipt
     volume) \52\.
        Per item when receipt      0.0002 discount.
         volume is 10,000,001 to
         17,500,000 items per
         month.
        Per item when receipt      0.0003 discount.
         volume is more than
         17,500,000 items per
         month.
Receipt (per item or record).....
    Forward item.................  0.0025.
    Return item..................  0.0075.
    Addenda record...............  0.0015.
    On-us receipt credit \53\....  0.0025 discount.
    Volume-based discounts
     (forward items excluding
     FedACH SameDay service
     items).
      Non-Premium Receivers--
       RDFIs receiving less than
       90 percent of total
       network volume through
       FedACH.
        Per item when volume is    0.0007 discount.
         1,000,001 to 12,500,000
         items per month \54\.
        Per item when volume is    0.0009 discount.
         more than 12,500,000
         items per month \55\.
      Premium Receivers, level
       one--RDFIs receiving at
       least 90 percent of FedACH-
       originated volume through
       FedACH.
        Per item when volume is    0.0007 discount.
         1,000,001 to 2,500,000
         items per month \58\.
        Per item when volume is    0.0008 discount.
         2,500,001 to 12,500,000
         items per month \58\.
        Per item when volume is    0.0010 discount.
         more than 12,500,000
         items per month.\59\
      Premium Receivers, level
       two--RDFIs receiving at
       least 90 percent of ACH
       volume originated through
       FedACH or EPN.
        Per item when volume is    0.0007 discount.
         1,000,001 to 2,500,000
         items per month \58\.
        Per item when volume is    0.0009 discount.
         2,500,001 to 12,500,000
         items per month \58\.
        Per item when volume is    0.0011 discount.
         more than 12,500,000
         items per month \59\.
FedACH SameDay Service...........
    Origination 56 57............
        Forward item in a small    0.0030 surcharge.
         file.
        Forward item in a large    0.0035 surcharge.
         file.
        Addenda record...........  0.0015 surcharge.
        Return item in a small     0.0030 discount.
         file.
        Return item in a large     0.0025 discount.
         file.
        Return addenda record....  0.0015 discount.
    Receipt \58\.................
        Forward item.............  0.0025 discount.
        Return item..............  0.0075 discount.
        Addenda record (forward/   0.0015 discount.
         return).
Monthly FedACH Risk[supreg]
 Management fees \59\.
    Risk Origination Monitoring
     Service/RDFI Alert Service
     package pricing.
        For up to 5 criteria sets  35.00.
        For 6 through 11 criteria  70.00.
         sets.
        For 12 through 23          125.00.
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        For 24 through 47          150.00.
         criteria sets.
        For 48 through 95          250.00.
         criteria sets.
        For 96 through 191         425.00.
         criteria sets.
        For 192 through 383        675.00.
         criteria sets.
        For 384 through 584        850.00.
         criteria sets.
        For 585+ criteria sets...  1,100.00.
    Risk origination monitoring
     batch.
        For 1 through 100,000      0.007/batch.
         batches.
        For 100,000+ batches.....  0.0035/batch.
Monthly FedPayments Reporter
 Service.
    FedPayments Reporter Service
     package pricing includes.
        Standard reports \60\....
        ACH volume summary by SEC
         code report--
         customer.\61\
        Daily return ratio report
        Monthly return ratio
         report.
        Receiver setup report....
        Report delivery via
         FedLine file access
         solution (monthly fee).
            For up to 50 reports.  35.00.
        For 51 through 150         55.00.
         reports.
        For 151 through 500        100.00.
         reports.
        For 501 through 1,000      180.00.
         reports.
        For 1,001 through 1,500    260.00.
         reports.
        For 1,501 through 2,500    420.00.
         reports.
        For 2,501 through 3,500    580.00.
         reports.
        For 3,501 through 4,500    740.00.
         reports.
        For 4,501 through 5,500    900.00.
         reports.
        For 5,501 through 7,000    1,100.00.
         reports.
        For 7,001 through 8,500    1,300.00.
         reports.
        For 8,501+ reports.......  1,500.00.
    Premier reports \62\.........
        ACH volume summary by SEC
         code report--depository
         financial institution.
            Reports 1 through 5..  10.00/report.
            Reports 6 through 10.  6.00/report.
            Reports 11+..........  1.00/report.
            On Demand............  1.00/report surcharge.
        ACH volume summary by SEC  1.00/report surcharge.
         code report--customer On
         Demand.
        Monthly ACH routing
         number activity report.
            Reports 1 through 5..  10.00/report.
            Reports 6 through 10.  6.00/report.
            Reports 11+..........  1.00/report.
    On-us inclusion..............
        Participation fee........  10.00/month/RTN.
        Per-item fee.............  0.0030.
        Per-addenda fee..........  0.0015.
    Report delivery via encrypted  0.20/email.
     email.
Other fees.......................
    Monthly fee (per routing
     number).
        Account servicing fee      45.00.
         \63\.
        FedACH settlement \64\...  55.00.
        Information extract file.  100.00.
        IAT Output File Sort.....  75.00.
        Notification of change     5.00.
         participation fee \65\.
    Non-electronic input/output
     fee \66\.
        CD or DVD input/output...  50.00.
        Paper input/output.......  50.00.
FedGlobal ACH Payments...........
        Canada service fee.......
            Item originated to     0.62.
             Canada \67\.
            Return received from   0.99.
             Canada \68\.
            Trace of item at       5.50
             receiving gateway.
            Trace of item not at   7.00.
             receiving gateway.
        Mexico service fee.......
            Item originated to     0.67.
             Mexico \67\.
            Return received from   0.91.
             Mexico \68\.
            Item trace...........  13.50.
            A2R item originated    3.45.
             to Mexico 67 69.
            F3X item originated    0.67.
             to Mexico 68 70.
        Panama service fee.......
            Item originated to     0.72.
             Panama \67\.
            Return received from   1.00.
             Panama \68\.
            Item trace...........  7.00.

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            NOC..................  0.72.
        Latin America service fee
            A2R item originated    4.40.
             to Latin America 67
             69.
            Return received from   0.72.
             Latin America \68\.
            Item trace...........  5.00.
        Europe service fee.......
            Item originated to     1.25.
             Europe \67\.
            F3X item originated    1.25.
             to Europe 67 70.
            Return received from   1.35.
             Europe \68\.
            Item trace...........  7.00.
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    \47\ Any ODFI incurring less than 35 in forward value and non-
value item origination fees will be charged a variable amount to 
reach the minimum.
    \48\ Any RDFI not originating forward value and non-value items 
and incurring less than 25 in receipt fees will be charged a 
variable amount to reach the minimum.
    \49\ Small files contain fewer than 2,500 items and large files 
contain 2,500 or more items.
    \50\ The fee includes the item and addenda fees in addition to 
the conversion fee.
    \51\ The fee includes the item and addenda fees in addition to 
the conversion fee. Reserve Banks also assess a 30 fee for every 
government paper return/NOC they process.
    \52\ Origination discounts apply only to those items received by 
FedACH receiving points and are available only to Premium Receivers.
    \53\ Depository institutions originating and receiving items on 
the same routing number.
    \54\ This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard 
receipt fees listed in this fee schedule.
    \55\ Receipt volumes of more than 12,500,000 items per month 
qualify for the waterfall discount which includes all FedACH receipt 
items.
    \56\ This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard 
origination fees for forward items.
    \57\ This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard 
origination fees for return items.
    \58\ This per-item discount is a reduction to the standard 
receipt fees.
    \59\ Criteria may be set for both the origination monitoring 
service and the RDFI alert service. Subscribers with no criteria set 
up will be assessed the 35 monthly package fee.
    \60\ Standard reports include Customer Transaction Activity, 
Death Notification, International (IAT), Notification of Change, 
Payment Data Information File, Remittance Advice Detail, Remittance 
Advice Summary, Return Item, Return Ratio, Social Security 
Beneficiary, and Originator Setup Reports.
    \61\ ACH volume summary by SEC code reports generated on demand 
are subject to a 1.00 per report surcharge.
    \62\ Premier reports generated on demand are subject to the 
package/tiered fees plus a surcharge.
    \63\ The account servicing fee applies to routing numbers that 
have received or originated FedACH transactions. Institutions that 
receive only U.S. government transactions through the Reserve Banks 
or that elect to use EPN exclusively are not assessed this fee.
    \64\ The FedACH settlement fee is applied to any routing number 
with activity during a month, including institutions that elect to 
use EPN exclusively but also have items routed to or from customers 
that access the ACH network through FedACH. This fee does not apply 
to routing numbers that use the Reserve Banks for only U.S. 
government transactions.
    \65\ The notification of change fee is applied to any routing 
number with activity during a month. This fee does not apply to 
routing numbers that use the Reserve Banks for only U.S. government 
transactions.
    \66\ Limited services are offered in contingency situations.
    \67\ This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard 
domestic origination and input file processing fees.
    \68\ This per-item surcharge is in addition to the standard 
domestic receipt fees.
    \69\ Account-to-receiver (A2R) allows funds from accounts at a 
U.S. depository institution to be retrieved by any receiver at 
either a participating bank location or a trusted, third-party 
provider.
    \70\ Payments are both transferred and received in foreign 
currency. The foreign exchange rate and settlement is managed and 
processed by participating U.S. depository institutions and the 
respective foreign gateway operators via their foreign correspondent 
banks.

    Fedwire Funds and National Settlement Services 2015 Fee Schedule
  [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices]
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                                                                Fee
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                          Fedwire Funds Service
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Monthly participation fee...............................          $90.00
Basic volume-based pre-incentive transfer fee
 (originations and receipts)............................
    Per transfer for the first 14,000 transfers per                 0.73
     month..............................................
    Per transfer for additional transfers up to 90,000              0.24
     per month..........................................
    Per transfer for every transfer over 90,000 per                 0.15
     month..............................................
Volume-based transfer fee with the incentive discount
 (originations and receipts) \71\.......................
    Per eligible transfer for the first 14,000 transfers           0.148
     per month..........................................
    Per eligible transfer for additional transfers up to           0.048
     90,000 per month...................................
    Per eligible transfer for every transfer over 90,000           0.030
     per month..........................................
Surcharge for offline transfers (originations and                  50.00
 receipts)..............................................
Surcharge for high-value payments  $10                   0.14
 million................................................
Surcharge for high-value payments > $100 million........            0.36
Surcharge for payment notification......................            0.20
Surcharge for late-day transfer originations \72\.......            0.26
Monthly FedPayments Manager import/export fee \73\......           50.00
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                       National Settlement Service
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Basic
    Settlement entry fee................................            1.50
    Settlement file fee.................................           30.00
Surcharge for offline file origination..................           45.00

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Minimum monthly charge (account maintenance) \74\.......           60.00
Special settlement arrangements \75\....................
    Fee per day.........................................          150.00
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    \71\ The incentive discounts apply to the volume that exceeds 60 
percent of a customer's historic benchmark volume. Historic 
benchmark volume is based on a customer's average daily activity 
over the previous five calendar years. If a customer has fewer than 
five full calendar years of previous activity, its historic 
benchmark volume is based on its daily activity for as many full 
calendar years of data as are available. If a customer has less than 
one year of prior activity, then the customer qualifies 
automatically for incentive discounts for the year. The applicable 
incentive discounts are as follows: $0.582 for transfers up to 
14,000; $0.192 for transfers 14,001 to 90,000; and $0.120 for 
transfers over 90,000.
    \72\ This surcharge applies to originators of transfers that are 
processed by the Reserve Banks after 5:00 p.m. ET.
    \73\ This fee is charged to any Fedwire Funds participant that 
originates a transfer message via the FedPayments Manager (FPM) 
Funds tool and has the import/export processing option setting 
active at any point during the month.
    \74\ This minimum monthly charge is only assessed if total 
settlement charges during a calendar month are less than $60.
    \75\ Special settlement arrangements use Fedwire Funds transfers 
to effect settlement. Participants in arrangements and settlement 
agents are also charged the applicable Fedwire Funds transfer fee 
for each transfer into and out of the settlement account.

              Fedwire Securities Service 2015 Fee Schedule
  [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices]
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                                                                Fee
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Basic transfer fee
    Transfer or reversal originated or received.........           $0.65
Surcharge...............................................
    Offline origination & receipt surcharge.............           66.00
Monthly maintenance fees
    Account maintenance (per account)...................           48.00
    Issues maintained (per issue/per account)...........            0.65
Claim adjustment fee....................................            0.75
Joint Custody Origination Surcharge.....................           44.00
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                        FedLine 2015 Fee Schedule
  [Effective January 2, 2015. Bold indicates changes from 2014 prices.]
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   FedComplete Packages (monthly) \76\
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FedComplete 100 Plus.....................  $775.00.
Includes: 7,500 FedForward transactions..
    70 FedReturn[supreg] transactions....
    14,000 FedReceipt[supreg]
     transactions.
    35 Fedwire funds origination
     transfers.
    35 Fedwire funds receipt transfers...
    Fedwire participation fee............
    1,000 FedACH origination items.......
    FedACH minimum fee...................
    7,500 FedACH receipt items...........
    FedACH receipt minimum fee...........
    10 FedACH web return/NOC.............
    500 FedACH addenda originated........
    1,000 FedACH addenda received........
    FedACH account servicing.............
    FedACH settlement....................
    FedLine Advantage Plus...............
    FedLine subscriber 5-pack............
    FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack...
FedComplete 100 Premier..................  850.00.
Includes: 7,500 FedForward transactions..
    70 FedReturn transactions............
    14,000 FedReceipt transactions.......
    35 Fedwire funds origination
     transfers.
    35 Fedwire funds receipt transfers...
    Fedwire participation fee............
    1,000 FedACH origination items.......
    FedACH minimum fee...................
    7,500 FedACH receipt items...........
    FedACH receipt minimum fee...........

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    10 FedACH web return/NOC.............
    500 FedACH addenda originated........
    1,000 FedACH addenda received........
    FedACH account servicing.............
    FedACH settlement....................
    FedLine Advantage Premier............
    FedLine subscriber 5-pack............
    FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack...
FedComplete 200 Plus.....................  1,300.00.
Includes: 25,000 FedForward transactions.
    225 FedReturn transactions...........
    25,000 FedReceipt transactions.......
    100 Fedwire funds origination
     transfers.
    100 Fedwire funds receipt transfers..
    Fedwire participation fee............
    2,000 FedACH origination items.......
    FedACH minimum fee...................
    25,000 FedACH receipt items..........
    FedACH receipt minimum fee...........
    20 FedACH web return/NOC.............
    750 FedACH addenda originated........
    1,500 FedACH addenda received........
    FedACH account servicing.............
    FedACH settlement....................
    FedLine Advantage Plus...............
    FedLine subscriber 5-pack............
    FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack...
FedComplete 200 Premier..................  1,375.00.
Includes: 25,000 FedForward transactions.
    225 FedReturn transactions...........
    25,000 FedReceipt transactions.......
    100 Fedwire funds origination
     transfers.
    100 Fedwire funds receipt transfers..
    Fedwire participation fee............
    2,000 FedACH origination items.......
    FedACH minimum fee...................
    25,000 FedACH receipt items..........
    FedACH receipt minimum fee...........
    20 FedACH web return/NOC.............
    750 FedACH addenda originated........
    1,500 FedACH addenda received........
    FedACH account servicing.............
    FedACH settlement....................
    FedLine Advantage Premier............
    FedLine subscriber 5-pack............
    FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack...
FedComplete Excess Volume Surcharge. \77\
    FedForward...........................  0.01/item.
    FedReturn............................  0.7500/item.
    Fedwire funds origination............  0.7000/item.
    FedACH origination...................  0.0025/item.
FedComplete package credit incentive \78\  (1,500.00).
FedLine Customer Access Solutions
 (monthly). \79\
FedLine Exchange (formerly FedMail Email)  40.00.
FedLine Web..............................  110.00.
Includes: FedLine Exchange...............
    FedLine Web with no priced services
     subscriptions.
    FedACH information services (includes
     RDFI file alert service).
    Check 21 services. \80\
    Check 21 duplicate notification......
    Check adjustments....................
    Service charge information...........
    Account management information. \81\
FedLine Web Plus.........................  140.00.
Includes:FedLine Web traditional package.
    FedACH risk management services......
    FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service
     via secure email.
    Check large dollar return............
    Check FedImage[supreg] services......
    Account management information.......
    Cash management plus service.........

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    Various accounting and other inquiry
     and report services (Real-time
     Account Balance information,
     Daylight Overdraft Balance, and
     Available Funds Balance information;
     drill down and search features to
     view transaction details; daily
     Statement of Account and data files;
     collateral totals and details; and
     ex-post Daylight Overdraft reports)..
FedLine Advantage........................  380.00.
Includes: FedLine Web traditional package
    FedACH transactions..................
    Fedwire funds transactions...........
    Fedwire securities transactions......
    Fedwire cover payments...............
    Check large dollar return............
    Check FedImage services..............
    Account management information.......
    Various accounting services (ABMS
     inquiry, IAS/PSR inquiry, IAS
     detailed inquiries, notifications
     and advices, end-of-day accounting
     file (PDF)).
FedLine Advantage Plus...................  425.00.
Includes: FedLine Advantage traditional
 package.
    FedACH risk management services......
    FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service
     via secure email.
    Fedwire Funds FedPayments Manager
     import/export.
    FedTransaction Analyzer (less than
     250 FedWire transactions and one
     routing number per month).
    Account management information with
     intra-day search.
FedLine Advantage Premier................  500.00.
Includes: FedLine Advantage Plus package
 with no priced services subscriptions.
    FedTransaction Analyzer (more than
     250 Fedwire transactions and two
     routing numbers per month).
    Secondary VPN device.................
FedLine Command Plus.....................  1,000.00.
Includes: FedLine Advantage Plus package.
    FedLine Command with two certificates
    Fedwire statement services...........
    Intra-day CI file....................
    Statement of account spreadsheet file
     (SASF).
    Financial Institution Reconcilement
     Data File (FIRD).
    Billing Data Format File (BDFF)......
FedLine Direct. \82\.....................  4,500.00.
Includes: FedLine Advantage traditional
 package.
    56K Dedicated WAN Connection.........
    FedLine Command with two certificates
    FedLine Direct with two certificates.
    Fedwire statement services...........
    Intra-day file (I-Day CI File).......
    Statement of Account Spreadsheet File
     (SASF).
    Financial Institution Reconcilement
     Data File (FIRD).
    Billing Data Format File (BDFF)......
FedLine Direct Plus......................  3,600.00.
Includes: FedLine Direct traditional
 package.
    56K or 256K Dedicated WAN Connection.
    FedACH risk management services......
    FedACH FedPayments Reporter Service
     via secure email.
    Fedwire Funds FedPayments Manager
     import/export.
    FedTransaction Analyzer..............
FedLine Direct Premier...................  6,500.00.
Includes: FedLine Direct Plus package....
    T1 Dedicated WAN Connection..........
A La Carte Options (monthly). \83\
Electronic Access........................
    FedLine Exchange subscriber 5-pack     10.00.
     \84\.
    FedLine subscriber 5-pack............  80.00.
    Additional FedLine Command             100.00.
     certificate \85\.
    Additional FedLine Direct certificate  100.00.
     \86\.
    Maintenance of additional virtual      60.00.
     private network device.
    FedLine Advantage 800# Usage (per      3.00.
     hour).
    Dial-Only VPN surcharge..............  1,000.00.
    Additional dedicated connections.
     \87\
        56K..............................  3,500.00.
        256K.............................  2,500.00.
        T1...............................  3,200.00.
    FedLine international setup (one-time  5,000.00.
     fee).
    FedLine Direct contingency solution    1,000.00.
     \88\.
    Check 21 large file delivery.........  various.
    FedMail Fax..........................  70.00.
    Legacy VPN device surcharge \89\.....  2,500.00.

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    VPN device modification..............  200.00.
    VPN device modification emergency      200.00.
     surcharge.
    VPN device missed activation           175.00.
     appointment.
    VPN device expedited hardware          100.00.
     surcharge.
    VPN device replacement or move.......  300.00.
    Expedited legacy VPN device order/     500.00.
     change \90\.
Accounting Information Services..........
    Cash Management System. \91\
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  60.00.
         with no respondent/sub-account
         activity (per month).
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  125.00.
         with less than 10 respondent and/
         or sub-accounts (per month).
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  250.00.
         with 10-50 respondent and/or sub-
         accounts (per month).
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  500.00.
         with 51-100 respondents and/or
         sub-accounts (per month.
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  750.00.
         with 101-500 respondents and/or
         sub-accounts (per month).
        Plus--Own report--up to six files  1,000.00.
         with >500 respondents and/or sub-
         accounts (per month).
    End-of-day financial institution       150.00.
     reconcilement data file (per month)
     \92\.
    Statement of account spreadsheet file  150.00.
     (per month) \93\.
    Intra-day download search file (with   150.00.
     AMI) (per month) \94\.
    ACTS Report--<20 sub-accounts........  500.00.
    ACTS Report--21-40 sub-accounts......  1,000.00.
    ACTS Report--41-60 sub-accounts......  1,500.00.
    ACTS Report--> 60 sub-accounts.......  2,000.00.
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    \76\ FedComplete packages are all-electronic service options 
that bundle payment services with an access solution for one monthly 
fee.
    \77\ Per-item surcharges are in addition to the standard fees 
listed in the applicable priced services fee schedules.
    \78\ New FedComplete package customers with a new FedLine 
Advantage connection are eligible for a one-time $1,500 credit 
applied to their Federal Reserve service charges. Customers 
receiving credit must continue using the FedComplete package for a 
minimum of six months or forfeit the $1,500 credit.
    \79\ VPN hardware for FedLine Advantage and FedLine Command is 
billed directly by the vendor. A list of fees can be found at http://www.frbservices.org/files/servicefees/pdf/access/2013_vendor_fees.pdf.
    \80\ Check 21 services can be accessed via three options: 
FedLine Web, an Internet connection with Axway Secure Transport 
Client, or a dedicated connection using Connect: Direct.
    \81\ Ex-post Daylight Overdraft Reports and the daily Statement 
of Account are available via FedMail.
    \82\ FedLine Direct is available to installed customer base 
only. The 56K option is not available for new orders.
    \83\ These add-on services can be purchased only with a FedLine 
Customer Access Service option.
    \84\ There are no priced subscribers contained in the FedLine 
Exchange or FedLine packages.
    \85\ Additional FedLine Command Certificates available for 
FedLine Command and Direct packages only.
    \86\ Additional FedLine Direct Certificates available for 
FedLine Direct packages only.
    \87\ Network diversity supplemental charge of $2,000 a month may 
apply in addition to these fees.
    \88\ FedLine Direct contingency solution is available only for 
FedLine Direct Plus & Premier packages.
    \89\ Effective February 1, 2015. Price will increase to $5,000 
on May 1, 2015 and $7,500 on September 1, 2015.
    \90\ Applicable to VPN devices ordered before May 13, 2013.
    \91\ Cash Management Service options are limited to Plus and 
Premier packages.
    \92\ End of Day Reconcilement File option is available to 
FedLine Web Plus and FedLine Advantage Plus packages.
    \93\ Statement of Account Spreadsheet File option is available 
to FedLine Web Plus and FedLine Advantage Plus packages.
    \94\ ACTS Report options are limited to FedLine Command Plus and 
FedLine Direct Plus and Premier packages.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, October 31, 2014.
Robert deV. Frierson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2014-26322 Filed 11-5-14; 8:45 am]
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