The Federal Reserve is asking for comments from the business community as part of its study on the perceived problems (and solutions) regarding electronic and other types of payment systems. Perceived problems include increased potential/risk for fraud, international transactions, timeliness of funds availability and efficiency gaps. If youâ€™d like to learn more about these topics, youâ€™ll find more details in the Federal Reserve report titled Payment System Improvementâ€“Public Consultation Paper.
As part of this effort, the Fed has created an online survey to assist it in learning about the problems and issues end users currently find problematic.
We encourage all credit professionals to complete this survey, which can be found at https://www.frbsurveys.org/se.ashx?s=3FD0ADC72EEBF8A1.
This online survey will be available through December 13. The Fed wants to learn what business credit professional currently find problematic, what needs to change and how the Fed can help. Itâ€™s exciting to know that NACM membership can assist the Federal Reserve in creating potential guidance or regulations that will steer the future of electronic payments.
Town Hall Meetings
Along with the online survey, another vital component of the process and way for NACM members to be heard is to attend any one of a series of Town Hall meetings the Fed will host to discuss the issue. NACM believes it is important that members attend these meetings to represent the B2B creditor segment of payment-systems end-users and illustrate the vast differences between business-to-consumer and B2B transactions.
We hope that you will help mobilize a group of members and attend meetings in your respective areas:
- November 12 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. (EST) Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- November 13 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. (EST) Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
- November 14 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (CST) Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- November 15 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (PST) Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
- November 18 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (EST) Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- November 20 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (CST) Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
More information is available about each town hall meeting at this link.
Free Informative Teleconference
On November 5, Sean Rodriguez, senior vice president of industry relations for the Federal Reserve System, will discuss the main themes of the Fedâ€™s research to date during an NACM-hosted teleconference that is exclusive (and free) for members. He will also address questions and comments from NACM members on the issues raised in its published paper mentioned above. Click here for more information on the event.