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NACHA Reports Taking Steps Toward Ubiquitous, Same-Day ACH Settlement

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA announced today that "it is taking initial steps towards a ubiquitous, same-day ACH settlement capability. Through a “phased approach” to implementing new functionality, NACHA seeks to move the ACH Network from today’s single, next-day settlement to multiple, same-day settlement options that would be available for virtually any ACH Network transaction." Future rulemaking will be required to actually approve implementation of specific capabilities.

NACHA has conducted extensive work over the past year to outline the parameters and requirements of a ubiquitous, same-day capability for the ACH Network that enables financial institutions, large and small, to provide value to their end-users,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA.

“A phased implementation enables us to introduce new capabilities more quickly, and then continue to build over time, creating value for all participants at each step along the way.”

“The concept of phased implementation is the result of thoughtful exploration of feedback we received over the past year,” said Estep. “This is the next step to help create a rule proposal for the industry to enable same-day ACH through the NACHA rulemaking process.”

NACHA's phased implementation proposes incremental functionality that would include multiple, new settlement windows, and greater certainty around faster funds availability.

  • As currently outlined, a first implementation phase would provide a foundation to better enable same-day ACH credits to support important use cases such as payroll, person-to-person (P2P) payments and expedited billpay.

  • A second phase would introduce same-day ACH debits and enable a wide variety of consumer bill payment use cases like utility, mortgage, loan and credit card payments.

  • A third phase would improve the service level across the ACH Network and reduce counter-party risk by adding a second same-day settlement and accelerating funds availability.

NACHA said it is launching a study to assess the industry’s costs and potential transaction volume for same-day ACH - including gathering specific facts around RDFIs’ investment and operating costs as a result of receiving same-day payments. The study also will fully explore ACH volume potential through detailed interviews and inputs. The information gathered on implementation capabilities, costs and volume will then inform a NACHA rulemaking that could occur as early as fall 2014.

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