For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE

 

IAT Transactions To Impose New OFAC Screening Requirements On Financial Institutions

EPN Helps Institutions and Corporations
Comply With New Class of Cross-Border ACH Transactions

New York, May 12, 2008 – EPN, the ACH business of The Clearing House Payments Company, is urging financial institutions to start planning now to meet OFAC requirements for new IAT transactions in March 2009 and has created an IAT Readiness Checklist to help financial institutions prepare.

The recent NACHA rule amendment and format change for International ACH Transactions (IAT) will allow U.S. financial institutions to recognize cross-border ACH payments. Beginning March 20, 2009, all U.S. financial institutions will be affected by the change – including those that are not currently sending or receiving international ACH payments – because they could potentially receive an IAT transaction.

EPN’s IAT Readiness Checklist includes a comprehensive set of recommendations for both financial institutions and corporate originators. To see the list, go to www.epaynetwork.com.

“With the introduction of IAT, all in-bound, cross-border ACH transactions will now have to be screened by RDFIs to comply with OFAC requirements,” said Rossana Salaris, Senior Vice President of The Clearing House, responsible for EPN. “As an operator, EPN not only processes ACH transactions, but also provides a wide range of value-added services to help financial institutions manage the growing complexity in the ACH.”

EPN provides a centralized OFAC screening service as part of EPN WATCH®, a comprehensive suite of risk management services available to institutions of all sizes, regardless of who their ACH operator is.

For more information, contact Mark Tizzard, ACH Strategic Product Development, 336.769.5441, mark.tizzard@epaynetwork.com.

About EPN and The Clearing House Payments Company

The Electronic Payments Network (www.epaynetwork.com), a payments business of The Clearing House Payments Company, is the only national private-sector ACH operator in the United States. Its membership consists of more than 1,500 commercial banks, credit unions and savings banks. The Clearing House clears and settles more than 50 million check and electronic payments with a value of $2.5 trillion each day for financial institutions in the U.S. and around the world. The Clearing House's strategic forum brings together financial institutions to discuss and take action on payments industry issues, while its bank association addresses legal and regulatory matters of critical importance to its members. For more information, visit www.theclearinghouse.org.

EPN Contacts

Chip Savidge, Office: 336.769.5321, Mobile: 917.576.0957, chip.savidge@theclearinghouse.org

Greg Berardi, Office: 415.239.7826, Mobile: 415.672.2377, greg@bluemarlinpartners.com

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