We plan to put the new files into production the week of March 19, 2012. The files produced on March 25, 2012 will be in the new format.
INDIVxx (Contributions by Individual)
PASS2xx (Contributions to Candidates (and other expenditures) from Committees)
OTHxx (Any Transaction from One Committee to Another)
There are numerous differences in the file formats when compared to the current fixed width file formats. The compressed file contains three (3) sample data files containing 10,001 records each and one (1) spreadsheet containing format descriptions for the data files.
The files will be placed in election cycle specific folders on the FTP server.
Here are a few of the changes. The FEC Record number is now 19 digits instead of 7 digits. We include both employer and occupation as separate data fields. The transaction date is in a single data field. We have added entity type and transaction id. There are numerous changes highlighted in red in the downloadable file format spreadsheet. Please review the file formats carefully.
Once we start producing the files in the new format(s) we will no longer produce the files in the old format.