The Federal Reserve expects to turn a profit on its check processing operations for a second consecutive year in 2011 as the proportion of payments cleared electronically continues to increase.

The central bank on Monday said it expects to earn a 2% profit on check processing services provided to banks in 2011. The increase comes as the Fed plans to trim fees on certain services next year while raising prices on a range of electronic processing options.

2011 would mark the second consecutive year in which the Fed has earned a profit on its check processing services. It adjusts its pricing structure on the services annually.

The Fed estimates it earned about 2.9% on check processing operations this year.

Between 2000 and 2009, the Fed failed to turn a profit on its check processing operations, though it recovered nearly 98% of its costs related to check processing during that time.