We are still doing internal testing and need to push back the release date for these new file formats.
The last update for the current format will be March 18, 2012. The files produced on March 25, 2012 will be in the new format.
The FEC will start producing the transaction level FTP files in a new format. The FTP files that we will produce in the new format are:
INDIVxx (Contributions by Individual)
PASS2xx (Contributions to Candidates (and other expenditures) from Committees)
OTHxx (Any Transaction from One Committee to Another)
The new files will be pipe delimited. There are numerous differences in the file formats when compared to the current fixed width file formats. The FEC Record number will be 19 digits instead of 7 digits. We will include both employer and occupation as separate data fields. The transaction date is in a single data field. Please review the file formats carefully.
We will also be adding three (3) columns: FEC electronic file number, transaction ID and entity type.