FDIC SCHEDULES SEPTEMBER PUBLIC HEARING ON STORED-VALUE CARDS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR-59-96 (8-2-96)
Media Contact: Robert M. Garsson (202-898-6993)
The FDIC has scheduled a hearing Sept. 12 to listen to the
concerns of bankers, consumers, and others on stored-value cards,
Internet banking and other electronic payment systems. The FDIC
has also requested written comment on these topics.
The hearing will be held in the board room at the FDIC's
headquarters in Washington, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional
sessions, including one on the morning of Sept. 13, will be added if
needed to accommodate those wishing to testify.
The decision to hold a hearing was prompted by the FDIC's
recent review of whether stored-value cards should qualify for
federal deposit insurance. These cards, which currently are being
issued by only a few institutions, have magnetic stripes or computer
chips that enable electronic value to be added or deducted as
needed. The cards can be used as a convenient alternative to cash
when paying for meals, retail goods and other purchases.
At a meeting on July 16, the FDIC's Board of Directors
approved a Legal Division opinion concluding that the funds
represented by stored-value cards are not protected by federal
deposit insurance in most cases. However, the opinion noted that
institutions could design stored-value cards that would be insured.
In addition, the FDIC Board authorized a public hearing and
decided to seek written comment on a wide range of electronic
banking issues. The issues include whether stored-value cards
should be entitled to federal insurance as they become more widely
used; what types of disclosures an institution should provide to
consumers; and such safety and soundness concerns as card fraud
Anyone wishing to testify should send a written request to
be received by the close of business on August 26. (Mail: FDIC
Office of the Executive Secretary, 550 17th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20429. Hand-delivery: Room 400, 1776 F
Street, NW, Washington, DC. Fax: 202-898-3838.)
Also, by September 3, each participant must send or hand-
deliver to the Executive Secretary a written summary of the
testimony that will be presented at the hearing. The FDIC plans to
limit participants to a 15-minute oral presentation and to give them
advance notice of the time scheduled for their appearance.
For more information about submitting a request to testify,
please contact Valerie Best, Assistant Executive Secretary, at
The request for written comments on electronic banking
issues was published in the Federal Register today. Written
comments are due by Oct. 31.
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to
restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC
insures deposits at the nation's 12,000 banks and savings associations
and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by
identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed.
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