Electronic Payments Network News Issue No 1 2000
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Oct-07
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Revolutionizing Electronic Payments
Issue No. 1, 2000
SOCIAL SECURITY AND PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSITS CLEARED WITHOUT Y2K DISRUPTIONS
SSA ENCOURAGES Fis To REEXAMINE THEIR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR EARLY OR LATE POSTINGS OF PAYMENTS
SOCIAL security and payroll direct deposit transactions, as well as automatic bill payments, were processed and settled without any Y2K disruptions through the Electronic
Payments Network (EPN). EPN is the hub for all electronic trans- fers including direct payment of mortgages, and other bills, direct deposit, and online banking, used by over 900 financial institutions in the tri-state area alone. On January 3, 2000, one million items accounting for $7 billion dollars flowed through the system without incident.
tistic that has given them reason for concern .
SAFE, convenient and reli- able," that is the slogan the Social Security
Administration (SSA) has always used to describe the direct deposit process. As a matter of fact, statistics show that customers who use direct deposit are 20 times less likely to report a payment delivery problem as those being paid by check. However, SSA has started to notice another sta-
The smooth, "glitch-free" roll-over into Year 2000, was a culmination of EPN's tireless efforts to address the Y2K issue. In 1996, EPN established a Y2K Committee comprised of project managers from industry, financial institutions and the govern- ment to discuss Y2K issues, problems and solutions. In early 1997, NYCH conducted a thorough review of all automated processes to identify problem areas and correct them. As a
Customers who receive their Social Security payments through direct deposit fre- quently call or come into financial institutions (Fl) each month to determine if their funds have been credited to their accounts. When told the payment is not there, they report nonreceipt to SSA. This sets in motion the trace process.
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result, EPN spearheaded efforts to coordi- nate and conduct nationwide ACH Operator tests for Year 2000 compliance. EPN set aside entire weeks of test time, having financial institutions connect to the system, deliver transactions, pick up transactions and run them through their
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Jeffrey P. Neubert, CEO of Banc One Payment Services, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of tlie New York Clearing House Association L.L.C. He assumed his new duties on January 3, 2000.
Mr. Neubert joins the Association from Banc
One Corporation where most recently he was the
Chief Executive Officer of Banc One Payment
Services, a joint venture with First Data
Corporation. Banc One Payment Services is a lead-
ing processor of credit, debit, and check authorization transactions. He also served as a Group Executive for the consumer and commercial finance, mortgage bank- ing, and credit card businesses of the bank.
Mr. Neubert's banking career began in New York in 1974 with Citibank. Mr. Neubert held a number of marketing and consumer banking pos...