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EFT commercial infrastructures and implications for EBT


Author:
Caswell, Bruce L., Price Waterhouse (Firm) Office of Government Services., and United States Food and Nutrition Service. Office of Analysis and Evaluation.
Year:
1994
Subject:
Food stamps -- United States -- Technological innovations, Electronic funds transfers -- United States, Electronic benefits transfers -- United States, electronic equipment, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, technology, and United States
Abstract:
This report examines nine current issues shaping the discussion of how expanded food stamp EBT could build on the existing commercial infrastructure. Addresses the following questions: does on-line debit point-of-sale continue to represent the best means of building food stamp program EBT on a large scale; what are the major business issues; what are the major technical issues; are the EFT networks and third party processors critical to effectively building on the existing EFT infrastructure to support food stamp EBT; how well equipped is the FNS authorized food retailer base to support expanded food stamp EBT; what are issues in retrofitting existing terminals; what are the implications for transaction pricing; can settlement and reconciliation procedures of EFT processors serve as a guideline for a multi-state EBT solution; what current trends in the EFT infrastructure are shaping the EBT stakeholders of the future?
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis and Evaluation
Collection:
USDA publications