e Government Payments Council (eGPC)

The eGovernment Payments Council (eGPC) is an EFTA working group that focuses on the business, policy and operating issues involved in government electronic payment programs. These programs and services include but are not limited to:

  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other cash supplemental assistance programs
  • WIC
  • Child Support
  • Subsidized child care
  • Time-and-attendance data
  • Medicaid eligibility verification
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Summer Food Program Initiatives
  • Low income heating & energy programs
  • Farmers markets

The mission of the eGPC is to promote policy and business practices favorable to the expansion of government-driven electronic payment transactions and systems.

The eGPC was formed in January 2009 through the merger of EFTA’s long standing EBT Council and the Electronic Benefits and Services Council of NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association. eGPC members include financial institutions, state government agencies, EBT processors, ATM networks, non-profit advocates, equipment and card manufacturers, and technology companies.

The accomplishments of the eGPC are many and include:

  • Worked closely with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop their Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) policy and regulations.
  • Gained exemption for government card programs from the Durbin Interchange Amendment of Dodd-Frank legislation.
  • Assisted Congress in drafting the initial exemption for EBT programs from Regulation E of the EFT Act, without which EBT could not have functioned.
  • Developed and continued to administer a national set of operating rules, paving the way for interoperability of SNAP (Food Stamp) transactions across state lines.
  • Launched “EBT: The Next Generation”–the only annual national conference devoted exclusively to EBT technology and applications. Planning is underway for our 18th
  • Produced the only nationwide survey and white paper on the use of debit cards to deliver government payments.
  • Provide guidance to Federal Agencies on such programs as federal payment cards for the unbanked, coupons for digital television conversion subsidies, wireless and chip/PIN technology enhancements and others.
  • Promote the use of EBT/EFT technology for WIC, unemployment insurance, child support, and subsidized childcare payments and time-and-attendance functions.


Quest Operating Rules

Photo of Peter Relich
Work Phone: (909) 215-5855

Peter Relich
President, Peter Relich Consulting, LLC
(909) 215-5855

Council Director:
Liz French
EFTA Senior Consultant
President, Liz French Consulting
(651) 451-7015

eGPC Events & Activities

March 1, 2017: NWA Vendor Task Force, e-WIC, FMI, and USDA FNS Partners Meeting – Westin Georgetown, Washington, DC

March 2, 2017: EFTA eGovernment Payments Council Spring Business Meeting – Hosted by Goodwin Procter; Washington, DC

November 5-8, 2017: EBT Next Generation – Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, Florida

Related Resources

eGPC Response to Federal Register Notice/Proposed Rule: Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program: 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and Definition Changes

EFTA’s eGovernment Payments Council Response to Disaster (D-SNAP)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Update on State Counting Third-Party Expenditures toward Maintenance Requirements

eGPC Response to SNAP Photo EBT Card Implementation Requirements

FNS WIC EBT Final Rule 3-1-2016

EFTA’s eGPC Response to FNS RFI: SNAP and WIC Input Regarding Procurement and Implementation of EBT Services – October 23, 2015

eGPC Notes on Boozman Bill:  S-1966 Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015 – September 12, 2015

EFTA/eGPC Letter to Kansas Regarding TANF Withdraw Limits – July 1, 2015

EFTA Comment on Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 61, Proposed Collection of Information for the Development and Maintenance of a National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database – May 29, 2015

EFTA Comment on 45 CFR Parts 262 and 264 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, State Reporting On Policies and Practices to Prevent Use of TANF Funds in Electronic Benefit Transfer Transactions in Specified Locations – May 5, 2014

EFTA Comment on 7 CFR Part 278, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Proposed New Rule Titled Suspension of SNAP Benefit Payments to Retailers – April 23, 2013

EFTA Comment on Federal Register Volume 77, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) Proposed Rules: TANF Assistance and Electronic Benefits Transfer Transactions, Request for Public Comment – June 4, 2012

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