Risk & Compliance Publications

ACH Audit Guide - 2021

The 2021 ACH Audit Guide is a publication designed to assist financial institutions in completing an annual ACH audit as required by the Nacha Operating Rules. This is a working document that will walk you through the steps of completing an ACH audit along with reviewing sound business practices, related compliance areas, online banking products, and government benefit payments. An audit preparation checklist is included to assist in gathering information needed for review. The document includes tools to help the auditor understand ACH participants, payment applications, and recent revisions to the Nacha Operating Rules. Electronic copy (CD available upon request)

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2021 - Guide for Completing Your ACH Risk Assessment

The 2021 Guide for Completing Your ACH Risk Assessment is a publication designed to assist financial institutions in completing a step-by-step assessment. Each financial institution is required to perform a risk assessment of their ACH activities and implement a risk management program in accordance with the requirements of their regulators. Individual sections within the document address: risk management systems and controls, credit risk, high-risk activities and direct access to the ACH Operator, compliance and transaction risk, vendor and third-party management, information technology and information security, and business continuity. A pre-assessment checklist and guide directions are included to assist the assessor. The document includes tools to help the assessor understand ACH participants and payment applications. (Electronic Version - CD available upon request)

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2021 Policies and Procedures Guide for ACH Operations

Don't go into your next examination with incomplete policies and procedures! The 2021 ACH Policies & Procedures Guide is a comprehensive template built for financial institutions. There has yet to be as complete a set of policies, procedures and supplements available to DFIs for ACH. The expert authors believe strongly that sample policies are not effective therefore this Guide allows for personalization in each area that a financial institution should make a business decision. Customization is easy in this electronic format. (Electronic Version Only)

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2021 Revision-ACH Policies and Procedures Guide Document

The 2021 ACH Policies & Procedures Guide document is an updated addendum for the Nacha Operating Rules changes effective 2021. This document can be used with the PaymentsFirst Policy & Procedure Guide previously purchased to update your policies & procedures. (Electronic Version only)

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ODFI Bundle - 2021

Looking to start your ACH origination program, or is your institution trying to fine-tune its ACH origination program? The PaymentsFirst ODFI Bundle is a comprehensive resource that will help start your ACH origination services or grow your existing service. The documents include an ODFI/Originator Agreement, training resources for your Originators, sample Originator Application, Originator Assessment and Annual Review, ODFI/Third-Party Sender Agreement, among others.

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Third-Party Sender Bundle - 2021

Are you an institution looking to take on Third-Party Sender relationships? Are you a Third-Party Sender that is trying to formalize your ACH documentation? This Third-Party Sender Bundle includes a Third-Party Sender/Originator Agreement, sample client list to provide to your ODFI (or to request from your Third-Party Senders), sample Originator Application, Originator Assessment and Annual Review, an ACH Third-Party Sender Audit and Risk Assessment, among others.

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2021 ACH Audit Guide: Third-Party Service Providers & Third-Party Senders

The 2021 ACH Audit Guide for Third-Party Service Providers and Third-Party Senders is a publication designed to assist the third-party in completing an annual ACH audit as required by the Nacha Operating Rules. This is a working document that will walk you through the steps of completing an ACH Rules Compliance Audit along with reviewing sound business practices, related compliance areas, online banking products, and government benefit payments. An audit preparation checklist is included to assist in gathering information needed for review. The document includes tools to help the auditor understand ACH participants, payment applications, and recent revisions to the Nacha Operating Rules. Electronic Version (CD available upon request)

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2021 Guide for Completing a Third-Party Sender ACH Risk Assessment

The 2021 Guide for Completing a Third-Party ACH Risk Assessment is a publication designed to assist in completing a step-by-step assessment. Each Third-Party Sender is required to perform a risk assessment of their ACH activities and implement a risk management program in accordance with the requirements of the Nacha Operating Rules. Individual sections within the document address: risk management systems & controls, credit risk, high-risk activities and direct access to the ACH Operator, compliance and transaction risk, vendor & third-party management, information technology & information security and business continuity. A pre-assessment checklist and guide directions are included to assist the assessor. The document includes tools to help the assessor understand ACH participants and payment applications. Electronic Version (CD available upon request)

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2021 Remote Deposit Capture Risk Assessment Workbook (Electronic Only)

Updated to include Mobile Remote Deposit risks, this comprehensive, easy-to-use Remote Deposit Capture Risk Assessment Workbook is designed to assist Financial Institutions in addressing remote deposit capture risk. The Workbook content mirrors the FFIEC Remote Deposit Capture Risk Management Guidance. The Remote Deposit Capture Risk Assessment Workbook guides you in completing the step-by-step risk assessment. User-friendly worksheet questions are easily answered Yes/No and include room for comments, along with a designated action plan to assist you in developing a comprehensive RDC risk management program. Operations staff, risk managers, compliance officers as well as audit personnel will find this workbook a useful tool. (2021) (Electronic Version Only)

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2021 Wire Transfer Risk Assessment and Audit of Internal Controls Guide

The 2021 Wire Transfer Risk Assessment and Audit of Internal Controls Guide is a publication designed to assist financial institutions in completing a review of their wire transfer internal controls. Individual sections within the document include risk management controls and oversight; regulatory compliance and transaction risk, vendor management and contingency planning, information technology and security, and credit risk. An assessment questionnaire and guide directions are included to assist the auditor. The document includes tools to help the auditor understand the legal framework of wire transfers. Electronic Version (CD available upon request)

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ACH Risk Management Handbook-7th Edition

ACH participants must take action to control risk in any payment system — including the ACH Network. The 7th edition explains the types of ACH payments risk, assesses the operational implications and provides sound business practices for developing an effective risk management program. In addition, case studies are included in each chapter to offer realistic examples to assist you in evaluating and implementing your risk management program. (Revised 2021)

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ODFI Audit Checklist for Originators & TPS

This tool contains a series of ODFI Audit checklists providing an efficient tool for ODFIs to gauge their Originators/Third-Party Senders understanding and compliance to the ACH Rules. These checklists can be completed by financial institution staff or sent to the Originator and/or Third-Party to complete on its own then return to the ODFI. Each Audit Checklist is a fillable PDF form for each type of ACH application. Complete or send the forms that are specific to the ACH services your institution originate

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Revised Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A and the ACH Network (4th Ed)

The refreshed 4th Edition contains new statistic and evaluates the impact of the UCC 4A on security procedures, bank/corporate agreements, recommended contractual provisions, errors, unauthorized entries and more. Includes Article 4A (law unchanged) with staff commentary. For financial institutions and corporations that handle ACH wholesale credits.

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The ACH Compliance Manual (10th Edition)

This comprehensive manual explains the requirements of the Nacha Operating Rules & Guidelines and covers topics such as authorizations, disclosures, processing, funds availability, settlement, error resolution, returns, reversals, retention, audit, all Standard Entry Class Codes and more. It also provides a general overview of related Federal Regulations as well as helpful compliance tips, a resource list, and glossary of terms. This newly revised 10th Edition is an excellent resource for anyone getting familiar with the Rules or as a companion for reviewing the Rules. It is clearly organized to show how the Rules apply to various participants in the system; Originators, ODFIs, Operators, RDFIs and Receivers. It will help answer many routine questions that would otherwise require researching numerous other regulatory publications. This manual is an invaluable tool for any candidate studying for the AAP or APRP exams and for those preparing for ACH annual audits or examinations by regulatory agencies.

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Third-Party Senders & the ACH Network: An Implementation Guide

This newest publication from Nacha - The Electronic Payments Association provides a review of the variations in legal requirements and processing obligations relating to the origination of ACH entries when a Third-Party Service Provider, acting as a Third-Party Sender, is involved in the origination of transactions through the ACH Network.

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