The Critical Payment System (CPS) is the preferred method for processing critical
case payments. The CPS permits FOs/TSCs to initiate either a one-time payment or repetitive
payments by means of direct input.
In extremely critical or sensitive cases, the Immediate Payment Process (IPP) may
be used. The IPP permits immediate payment to be made to the beneficiary by the FO
third party draft. CPS is used to record title II immediate payments.
Detailed information about the CPS and instructions about how to initiate CPS payments
are located in SM 00635.001 ff. This subchapter discusses CPS controls, processing
center (PC) handling, etc., relative to the critical case process.