The Federal Reserve System (FRS) and The Depository Trust Company (DTC) have announced that a new automated interface has been established between the organizations that will significantly improve the process of pledging and withdrawing securities to and from various collateral accounts maintained by the FRS and the U.S. Treasury. Effective immediately, DTC-eligible securities pledged to the FRS and the Treasury will be processed via this automated interface.
The automated interface will allow deposits and withdrawals of DTC-eligible securities to flow directly into and out of the FRS’s collateral system. As a result, the process for moving DTC-eligible securities in and out of the FRS’s and Treasury’s collateral accounts will become much more efficient and the following benefits will be realized:
Daily transaction volume is no longer subject to certain limits. Depository institutions may pledge or withdraw as many DTC-eligible securities as necessary in a given business day.
Pre-notification to the local Reserve Bank of deposits and withdrawals into and out of the Discount Window, Payments System Risk or Treasury, Tax, and Loan (TT&L) accounts is no longer required. Notification will still be required for movement of DTC-eligible securities in and out of the Treasury’s 31 CFR Part 202 and Part 225 accounts.
Depository institutions will have a more valuable collateral pledging resource for unforeseen contingency funding situations that may arise.
The daily timetable for moving DTC-eligible securities to and from the FRS’s and Treasury's collateral accounts will not change. The Federal Reserve will continue to accept deposit and withdrawal requests from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ET. However, as a result of the new interface, requests for deposits or withdrawals received outside of the designated processing times will be rejected by the FRS’s collateral system and will need to be resubmitted during the next processing period. In the unlikely event that the FRS's collateral system is not available by 8:00 a.m. ET due to an unforeseen outage, transactions would be rejected by the FRS until the FRS’ collateral application becomes available. Under this scenario, depository institutions would be asked to resubmit their DTC transactions once the FRS’s collateral system becomes fully operational.
Lastly, to facilitate this system enhancement, a change has been made to the purpose of pledge account number that DTC direct participants use for the TT&L Term Investment Option (TIO). Specifically, a new purpose of pledge code, “04”, has been implemented for all TIO collateral. In the past, purpose code “02” was used for both the TT&L and TIO collateral. Going forward, collateral pledged to these two programs should be submitted under separate purpose of pledge codes:
Purpose of pledge code “02” should be used for collateral pledged to the TT&L program, and
Purpose of pledge code “04” should be used for collateral pledged to the TIO program.
It is important to note that existing Term Investment collateral pledged under purpose code “02” will not be automatically reassigned to purpose code “04”. Release requests for these securities should be submitted under purpose code “02”.