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Washington DC Fly-In a Notable Success
ATMIA hosted a two-day fly-in event in Washington, DC. A full schedule of eight meetings focused on members of the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. And the day ended with a very productive meeting at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).
The lingering impact of Operation Choke Point (OCP) continues to affect independent ATM deployers (IADs) and was the main topic of conversation. This is despite the DoJ’s (Department of Justice) public statements last year that the initiative has been terminated. In fact, the morning of this meeting ATMIA received notice that a new flood of account terminations had just been announced by a major bank, ending long-standing relationships with a number of ATM operators.
ATMIA members met with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to thank him for his work on H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, and express their support for the measure – which is intended to end OCP and similar initiatives in the future. Concerns were also expressed that additional efforts would be needed to ensure that regulators clearly communicate to banks that operating an ATM should not be considered a high-risk activity.
The growth of Reg E dispute fraud was brought to the attention of CFPB Chief of Staff and Public Affairs Director, Emma Doyle. ATMIA requested that windows for consumer claims and ATM operator responses be tightened, in order to make fraud more difficult to perpetrate. The maximum window for consumers to file a claim is currently 180 days.
The association also supports current efforts to change CFPB leadership to a five-person commission, and to bring the funding mechanism into normal budgetary processes.
IADs are encouraged to talk with their state and federal legislators
There is no more effective conversation with a state or federal legislator than the one you have with your representative. And they are particularly interested in hearing from their constituents who own or manage local businesses. But keep in mind that they probably know very little, if anything, about how the ATM industry works. Helping them understand our industry will help them recognize the potential impact of new regulatory measures.
Emphasize the benefits of convenient access to cash for their constituents, and consumers in general. And how that cash can boost in-store revenue, benefiting small retail merchants. Talk specifically about what your company does and its role in the industry. Always keep the conversation positive - our industry plays a very important part in the economy.
ATMIA created a "leave-behind" piece for its recent Washington DC Fly-In event. You may find it helpful in creating your talking points. Leave a copy for your representative, as it provides an excellent overview of ATMIA, the ATM industry, and several key issues. Download a copy here.
ATMIA gathers feedback on EMV migration and post-migration issues.
ATMIA recently completed a new survey to gauge the progress of EMV migration in the U.S. While the primary objective was to assess how complete EMV migration is in the ATM channel, ATMIA was also seeking feedback on post-migration issues like card and card reader problems, as well as thoughts on deployment of NFC technology, cardless solutions, and new ATM functionality.
Analysis of survey results is now available. ATMIA members can download the report from our Market Research page. Non-member participants received a code with which to claim a copy of the full report. Questions or requests for more information about the survey project should be directed to David Tente, Executive Director, ATMIA USA & Americas (+1.407.833.7906)
ATMIA in CNBC feature piece on skimming
ATMIA USA Executive Director, David Tente, recently appeared in a feature piece on ATM skimming, as part of a CNBC program called "On the Money". The segment was aimed at consumers and helping them to avoid becoming a victim.
David discussed what the industry is doing to combat the increase in skimming activity, as well as the resources that ATMIA makes available to its members - such as Best Practices on preventing skimming and physical attacks.
Engaging with the ATM and U.S. Payments Industries
As part of its mission to serve as a voice for the ATM industry, ATMIA USA is actively engaged with a variety of industry and government bodies. Despite frequent predictions for the demise of cash, by a few pundits, it remains a key component of the payments ecosystem. ATMIA’s ongoing participation in these industry dialogues ensures that the needs of our industry receive appropriate consideration.
The mission of the Faster Payments Task Force is to identify and evaluate alternative approaches for implementing safe, ubiquitous, faster payments capabilities in the United States that advance the following desired outcome:
A ubiquitous, safe, faster electronic solution(s) for making a broad variety of business and personal payments, supported by a flexible and cost-effective means for payment clearing and settlement groups to settle their positions rapidly and with finality.
ATMIA was part of the Faster Payments Task Force and worked to ensure that any new payments platform can be successfully integrated into the U.S. ATM channel.
As of August 1, 2016, the EMV Migration Forum has become the U.S. Payments Forum. With much of the EMV migration process behind, the group is broadening its mission.
The EMF was formed an independent, cross-industry body by the Smart Card Alliance on July 31, 2012 to address issues that require broad cooperation and coordination across many constituents in the payments space in order to successfully introduce secure EMV contact and contactless technology in the United States.
Led by numerous members of ATMIA, a new ATM Working Committee was set up in December, 2012 and formally approved by the EMF Steering Committee shortly thereafter. The group is co-chaired by ATMIA USA Executive Director David Tente and two other ATMIA members.
The EMF also maintains a Knowledge Center as a public repository of information relative to EMV migration. Documents can be searched by Category, Stakeholder or Title. ATMIA members have been instrumental in creating the “Implementing EMV at the ATM” white paper which is available in the Knowledge Center and the ATMIA website White Papers section.
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