CUNA Comment Letter

CUNA Supports Treasury's ACH Rules Allowing for Electronic Records, Signatures & Authorizations

June 10, 2002

Mr. John Galligan, Director
Cash Management Policy and Planning Division
Financial Management Service
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Room 420
401 14th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20227

Re: Federal Government Participation in the ACH - 31 CFR Part 210

Dear Mr. Galligan:

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) interim final rule that governs the use of the automated clearing house (ACH) system by federal agencies. CUNA, a national trade association, represents more than 90 percent of the nation’s 10,600 state and federal credit unions. CUNA supports this interim rule.

Treasury has issued an interim final rule that incorporates recent changes made to the ACH rules by NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association. The interim final rule will make the following changes:

CUNA supports all of these changes by Treasury that make the ACH rules for federal agencies more consistent with other laws, regulations and rules because consistency reduces the potential for confusion and helps consumers. In particular, CUNA supports Treasury’s adoption of rules that allow for the electronic usage of records, signatures, affidavits and authorizations consistent with the E-SIGN Act and Regulation E. Treasury’s rule also includes provisions limiting the number of times that a single ACH item may be represented and requiring that a receiving financial institution include the city and state of the point-of-purchase terminal on its member’s monthly statement. These provisions make Treasury’s ACH rules consistent with NACHA’s ACH rules. They also help consumers by reducing insufficient funds charges to their accounts and by providing consumers with information to help them identify the transactions that appear on their statements.

If you have any further questions, please contact CUNA's Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel Mary Dunn or me at (202) 638-5777.

Sincerely, Michelle Q. Profit Assistant General Counsel