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System Transition Temporarily Changes TDA Processing and Payment Schedules

Valued Contracting Entities (CEs):

The Texas Department of Agriculture is in the process of transitioning to a new budget and accounting system. The new system, CAPPS (Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel system), will allow TDA to communicate better with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and serve our CEs better. 

To allow for the transition of the system, TDA will deviate from the normal claims and other processing and payment schedules to which our CEs have grown accustomed. However, TDA will remain within its USDA statutory deadlines of paying all valid claims within 45 calendar days of receipt. 

All valid claims submitted in Texas Unified Nutrition Program System (TX-UNPS) prior to noon August 6, 2019, will be processed and paid as regularly scheduled. Valid claims submitted in TX-UNPS after noon August 6, 2019, will be processed on or about September 3, 2019. Please allow for normal processing time of 5 to 7 business days to receive these payments. After September 3, the normal schedule of processing and paying claims twice per week should resume.

Please note, despite this interruption of TDA’s standard payment process, all deadlines for submitting claims remain unchanged. During the transition period, valid claims must be submitted within 60 days from the last day of the full month covered by the claim.  

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