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EFT commercial infrastructures and implications for EBT

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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?
Caswell, Bruce L. , Price Waterhouse (Firm) Office of Government Services. , United States Food and Nutrition Service. Office of Analysis and Evaluation.
Food stamps , United States , Technological innovations , Electronic funds transfers , Electronic benefits transfers , Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , electronic equipment , new technology
64, 4, 9 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
"Project director: John J. Korbel; project officer: Ken Offerman assisted by Erin McBride."
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis and Evaluation
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