e Government Payments Council (eGPC)

The eGovernment Payments Council (eGPC) is an industry council within the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA) that focuses on the business, policy and operating issues involved in government electronic payment programs.

The mission of the eGPC is to promote policy and business practices favorable to the expansion of government-driven electronic payment transactions and systems. These programs and services include, but are not limited to:

  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)
  • WIC
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other cash supplemental assistance programs
  • Child Support
  • Subsidized child-care, including capture of time-and-attendance data
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Summer Food Program Initiatives
  • Farmers markets

The council is a public-private partnership consisting of state and federal entities, advocacy groups, and for-profits firms. Formed in January 2009 through the merger of EFTA’s long standing EBT Council and the Electronic Benefits and Services Council of NACHA, the eGPC members include state government agencies, EBT processors, ATM networks, non-profit advocates, consulting firms, equipment and card manufacturers, and technology companies.  Leveraging the subject matter expertise of the eGPC’s varied EBT stakeholders, the Council frequently weighs in on technology and operational impacts of state and federal EBT related policies.

The accomplishments of the eGPC are many and include:

  • Planning and hosting the EBT: The Next Generation conference, the only annual national conference devoted exclusively to EBT
  • Developing and continuing to administer the Quest® Operating Rules, a national set of operating rules that support the interoperability of SNAP (Food Stamp) transactions across state lines
  • Leading an inter-industry task force at the request of FNS to help ensure the long-term health and viability of EBT
  • Forming a workgroup to recommend public and private sector policy and rule changes to mitigate EBT outages
  • Creating a workgroup to identify the steps needed to safely and securely migrate EBT to a mobile platform
  • Gaining exemption for government card programs from the Durbin Interchange Amendment of Dodd-Frank legislation
  • Assisting Congress in drafting the initial exemption for EBT programs from Regulation E of the EFT Act, without which EBT could not have functioned
  • Producing the only nationwide survey and white paper on the use of debit cards to deliver government payments

The eGPC is a prime example of a successful public private partnership.  The council is actively involved in shaping the future of EBT in terms of technology, operations, and influencing state and federal policy. This is possible because of the active participation of the many industry participants from both the public and private sector. We welcome and encourage new members and new perspectives.  To request more information, please contact Ms. Liz French at lizfrench@lizfrenchconsulting.com or Ms. Melanie Renner at MelanieRenner@efta.org.

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Chair:
Amy Duncan
Director of Project Management, CDP, Inc.
amy.duncan@cdpehs.com
716-531-9057

Council Director:
Liz French
EFTA Senior Consultant
President, Liz French Consulting
LizFrench@lizfrenchconsulting.com
(651) 451-7015

Officers:

Vice Chair, Retailer Forum: Beverly Cole, Senior Director, Corporate Treasury, Walmart
Vice Chair, WIC Agency Forum: Todd Mountin, eWIC Project Manager, State of Washington – Dept. of Health
Vice Chair, Technology & Policy: Josh Wiles, President, Novo Dia Group, Inc.
Vice Chairman, Rules & Practice:  Ellen Thompson, Vice President, MAXIMUS
Vice Chairman, SNAP/Cash State Forum:  Eileen Emory, EBT/ePayment Operations Supervisor, Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare
Vice Chairman, Communications:  Jimmy Chen, CEO, Propel
Secretary:  Mary Hinderer, Director, MAXIMUS, Inc.

eGPC Events & Activities

EBT: The Next Generation 2020 – November 1-4, 2020 – Hilton Americas Houston, Houston, TX

Resources

Shutdown Information for EBT

SNAP March Issuance – as of February 14, 2019 (file attached)

eGPC Statement on Government Shutdown – EBT Community Springs to Action to Meet Early SNAP Issuance Demands – January 23, 2019

Summary and Q&As from USDA/FNS and WIC State Agency Call –  January 10, 2019

USDA Information on Program Operations in Light of Lapse in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations for the Food and Nutrition Servic

Farm Bill

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 – Information Memorandum – March 7, 2019

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 – November 28, 2016

Harvest Box Initiative

Harvest Box Initiative Letter – March 6, 2018

SNAP

USDA to Improve Disaster SNAP Program Ahead of Hurricane Season – May 9, 2019

EFTA’s eGovernment Payments Council Response to Disaster (D-SNAP) – July 11, 2016

eGPC Response to SNAP Photo EBT Card Implementation Requirements – March 7, 2016

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

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

TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Update on State Counting Third-Party Expenditures toward Maintenance Requirements – February 2016

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

WIC EBT

FNS WIC EBT Final Rule 3-1-2016

Miscellaneous

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

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