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EFT commercial infrastructures and implications for EBT

Caswell, Bruce L., Price Waterhouse (Firm) Office of Government Services., and United States Food and Nutrition Service. Office of Analysis and Evaluation.
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
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?
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis and Evaluation
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