ACH File Generation Updates

ACH files now support batching multiple sub-accounts within the same Financial Institution (Bank) in one NACHA file. Sub Accounts can be linked with a Parent Bank under System Management/Banks.

The DMA ACH Batch can now include LMA Payments so that only one ACH file needs to be created. This is accomplished by setting the Company filter to Any and the Include LMA filter to Yes.

Automated Reconciliation

Support to mark Cleared Payments and Disbursements as Reconciled has been added. A Reconciled transaction is no longer editable through the CMA.

There is a new Setting key: RECONCILE_ACCOUNTING_TRANSACTIONS_AFTER_N_DAY which is used to specify the number of days after which a Cleared Payment or Disbursement should be marked as Reconciled by the CMA’s daily job. To disable this job, set the value of the Setting key to 0.

Filters and columns have been added to the Payment and Disbursement reports. An R appears prior to the Status column for Payments and Disbursements when that transaction has been marked as Reconciled.

Extranet Packages

Video Overview of Extranet Packages

An Extranet Package is a collection Extranet Phases arranged in a specific order. It is used to provide a sequence of pages that are displayed to the Client through the Extranet.

New functionality has been added to allow simpler management of multiple Extranet Packages. Previously, Extranet Steps were defined either at the Agency or Company level. If multiple packages were desired, they would be combined into the existing extranet steps and a new start step would be selected by the User under the Client/Admin tab.

Extranet Packages simplifies this by creating system level packages similar to Document Transactions. Multiple Extranet Packages can be associated with either an Agency (so that they appear under the LMA Paperwork) or a Company so they appear in the Backend Paperwork.

Multiple Extranet Packages available in the LMA

Client Referral Tracking

When adding a new Lead, there is a new field next to the Lead Source that facilitates starring the ClientID of the Client that referred this Client. In addition, there is a new report under LMA/Client Referrals that displays all Leads that have referred and have been referred by other Clients.

RPPS DMP File Format changes

The RPPS DMP File format has been updated work with the new Client Budget architecture. In addition, the Student Loan budget item is passed as a separate category. The computation of Total Debt to Income Percentage has been updated to be more accurate. Max repayment period for Hardship indicators A & C have been increased from 60 to 72 months to support Less than Full Balance indicators going live in October.

Creditor Page Changes

The Creditor fields are now grouped into different sections to make it easier to locate specific information. Fields have been added to track Creditor Policies/Benefits.

CSP Stats update in Client/Budget

A new CSP stats table to more accurately display number of enrolled CSP Clients for the month has been added to the Standard Budget. The table is automatically displayed when at least on account linked with the Client participates in CSP.

Possible Missing FairShare Report

A new Report has been added under DMA/RPPS & Checks/Possible FS Matches.

The report displays ClientCredit records that may be missing FairShare based on the Creditor they are linked with.

Changes to Fixed Payment Creditors

Creditors where payments are fixed, (i.e. Percent of Debt = No) such as Line of Credit and some Credit Union Loans now display the APR in the LMA. Previously, the APR was ignored and the value N/A was displayed in the Creditor table. Since some Loans apply an APR, it is more accurate for the Estimate table to display this APR.

When a Pre-Program APR is entered for a Creditor of this type, the Program APR is set to the same value so that the program estimates are accurate.

APRs of 0% can be entered as 0.

RPPS Trace and Batch numbers are Global

In order to prevent collisions of RPPS Trace numbers for Companies that share the same RPPSID, the RPPS Trace and Batch number fields have been moved from the Company table to the Settings table.

The new Settings fields are:
– RPPS_BATCH_NUMBER
– RPPS_TRACE_NUMBER