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(P-99-01) (P-99-01) This letter is a Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the 1998 - 1999 Pell Payment for Windows V3.0 software package.

DCLPublicationDate: 1/1/99
DCLID: P-99-1
Summary: This letter is a Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the 1998 - 1999 Pell Payment for Windows V3.0 software package.

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January 1999


This letter is a Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the 1998 – 1999 Pell Payment for Windows V3.0 software package.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and National Computer Systems, the software development contractor for Pell Payment for Windows, are pleased to inform you that the July 1998 release of the Pell Payment for Windows software package, which ED issues to institutions participating in the Federal Pell Grant Program, is Year 2000 compliant. The Product will function accurately related to the processing of date data (including but not limited to, calculating, comparing and sequencing of dates) from, into, and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including leap-year calculations, when used in accordance with documentation provided with the Product release, and when all third-party products used in combination with the Product properly exchange date data with it. Additional information on ED's Year 2000 activities can be found on its web page at

Pell Payment for Windows’ Year 2000 compliance was obtained through assessment, renovation, and testing, as well as the assessment, renovation, and validation testing of the Pell Grant Recipient Financial Management System (PGRFMS). Year 2000 compliant Personal Computers (PCs), the Title IV Wide Area Network (TIVWAN), an Amdahl 5995, and XPEDITER/Xchange software were used to test the following Pell Payment for Windows functions:

Creating and Exporting Electronic Pell Payment
Data Records (EPPDs)
Importing EPPDs
Exporting Data Requests
Receiving Data Requested
Importing Electronic Statement of Accounts

The functions listed above were performed with the system dates on PCs set to 12/31/1999, 01/01/2000, 02/29/2000, and 03/01/2001. The PGRFMS system used XPEDITER/Xchange software to simulate those dates on its mainframe.

Institutions use the Pell Payment for Windows to report Electronic Pell Payment Requests to PGRFMS and receive processed Electronic Pell Payment Confirmation Records from PGRFMS.


Jerry Russomano
Director, Program Systems Service
Office of Student Financial Assistance Program
U S Department of Education

Dick Schwab
Vice President and General Manager
National Computer Systems
Government Services Division

Disclaimer: This statement does not constitute a warranty and is provided merely to facilitate users in planning for their transition to year 2000. This compliance means this software will not produce errors processing dates in connection with the century change to year 2000 when used with accurate data in accordance with its documentation, provided all other products (e.g., other software, firmware, and hardware) used with it properly exchange date data compliantly. The U.S. Department of Education and National Computer Systems assume no liability or responsibility for the use – or the consequences of the
use – of this product.

*Statements made to you in the course of this letter are subject to the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act (P.L. 105-271). In the case of a dispute, this Act may reduce your legal rights regarding the use of any such statements, unless otherwise specified.

Last Modified: 01/19/1999