CUNA Regulatory Comment Call
October 24, 2003
OPT OUT FOR ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE ENTRIES
NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association has issued a request for comments on a proposal to require that a biller (Originator) provide the consumer (Receiver of Accounts Receivable (ARC) Entries) with the option to choose not to have a share draft/check converted to an ACH entry. Comments on the proposal are due to NACHA by December 1, 2003 and to CUNA by November 20, 2003.
The request for comment proposes to modify the NACHA Operating Rules in the following ways:
- The proposal would require that the Originator provide the Receiver of Accounts Receivable ARC Entries with the option to choose not to have their share draft converted to an ACH.
- The proposal would require the Originator to give the Receiver notice of the option not to have his or her share draft converted. This notice must be clear and conspicuous.
- The notification would be provided to the Receiver prior to the receipt of the first source document and at least once in each subsequent 12-month period. Those merchants or billers who already have an ARC program would not have to provide the initial notice of the opt out, but would need to provide an opt out notice at least once in every 12- month period. The consumer does not need to renew their option not to participate.
- The implementation date for the proposal would be March 12, 2004.
Please send your comments to CUNA by November 20, 2003. Please feel free to fax your responses to CUNA at 202-638-7052; e-mail them to Associate General Counsel Mary Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org and Assistant General Counsel Michelle Profit at email@example.com; or mail them to Mary and Michelle c/o CUNAs Regulatory Advocacy Department, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, South Building, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20004.
In addition, CUNA recommends that credit unions respond directly to NACHA because NACHA tabulates results to its surveys and factors those results in when it develops final changes. If you would like to respond directly to NACHA and copy CUNA you may do so by using the NACHA survey form at http://www.nacha.org/ACH_Rules/ach_rules.htm Comments sent directly to NACHA should be sent to Maribel Bondoc, Network Services Assistant, NACHA, 13665 Dulles Technology Drive, Suite 300, Herndon, VA 20171, fax: (703) 787-0996 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Monday, December 1, 2003. Please provide CUNA a copy by sending your comments to Mary Dunn at email@example.com or Michelle Profit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROPOSAL
- Does your credit union support the modification of the NACHA Operating Rules to require the Originator
(biller) to provide the Receiver (consumer) with a method to opt out of ARC check conversion? Please
- If your credit union supports the opt out, does your credit union support the requirement that
Originators send a notification to the Receiver about this option? If yes, why? If no, why not?
If you do not support explicit notification, please check what kind of notification you support.
____ Originator provides phone number on bill to contact if questions
____ Originator reacts if consumer contacts biller
____ Other (please specify):
- Does your credit union support the suggested frequency of the Originator providing notice where the
Originator would provide the Receiver this notice prior to the receipt of the first source document and at
least once in each subsequent 12-month period? Why?
If not, please explain why and mark the preferred frequency of notification below.
____ One time notice
____ Notice with every bill
____ Notice more often than once every 12 months
(how often? _______________)
____ Notice less often than once every 12 months
(how often? ________________)
- NACHA is considering adding a sunset provision to the proposal. Does your institution believe that a
sunset date, a date when the rule will automatically expire, should be established for this proposed rule
amendment? If not, why not? If yes, why?
- If yes, what should be the sunset date for the proposed rule? Please check one
One Year: _____
Two Year: _____
Five Years: _____
Ten Years: _____
Other (please specify): _____
- If a consumer did not receive the opt-out notice, the RDFI could return the entry using Return Reason
Code R10 (Notice Not Provided). Does your credit union believe that a unique return reason code should be
created to address this situation? If yes, why? If no, why not?
- Please describe the benefits and disadvantages of this proposal to your operations.
- Please submit your name, address, and phone number.
Eric Richard General Counsel (202) 508-6742 email@example.com |
Mary Mitchell Dunn SVP & Associate General Counsel (202) 508-6736 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey Bloch Assistant General Counsel (202) 508-6732 email@example.com
Catherine Orr Senior Regulatory Counsel (202) 508-6743 firstname.lastname@example.org