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X9A Electronic and Emerging Payments Subcommittee – Project Status

Call for Experts

X9.58-202X Financial transaction messages — Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash benefit programs

Project Description| The standard provides all parties involved in Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transactions for SNAP and cash benefit programs with technical specifications for exchanging financial transaction messages between an acquirer and an EBT card issuer processor. It specifies message structure, format and content, data elements and values for data elements used in the Food Stamp program. The method by which settlement takes place is not within the scope of this standard.

Project Need| Standardization of the processing of SNAP EBT transactions provides cost efficiency, ease of conversion, data and reporting consistency for the SNAP program.

Stakeholders| USDA FNS, SNAP State programs, SNAP EBT processors, SNAP third party processors, software developers, terminal manufacturers, retail grocers and their software providers.

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Current Work 

Adoption of ISO 8583 Part 1 and 3

Details coming soon.