Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Welcome to the e-Government Payments Council

The e-Government Payments Council (eGPC) is an association of professionals engaged in the planning, design, development and management of electronic payment systems that issue government benefits or payments.

eGPC members are drawn from every facet of the payments industry. They include both public and private sector organizations. Within these sectors members include state program managers, consultants, processing companies, manufacturers and technology companies.

The eGPC was formed in 2008 through the merger of similar professional groups that operated under the auspices of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA) and NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association. However the roots of the eGPC go back to 1988 and the Electronic Benefits Transfer Special Interest Group established by EFTA to support the conversion of entitlement benefits from coupons and checks to debit cards.

Today, eGPC member organizations deliver and account for billions of dollars in government-sponsored payments and benefits each month. These include the benefits formerly called food stamps, a variety of cash assistance payments, child care payments and the supplemental nutrition program known as WIC. They also include child-support enforcement payments and unemployment compensation delivered through nationally branded prepaid debit cards.

eGPC is a volunteer organization that promotes expertise, collaboration, and inclusion in order to promote excellence and professional growth in its members. It offers a variety of educational and networking opportunities for members including regularly scheduled business meetings, frequent industry updates, a newsletter and, since 1998, an annual conference.

eGPC offers multiple opportunities for membership. For information or to enroll as a member of the oldest professional group for government electronic payment professionals click here.