NACHA Issues Call for Nominations for AAP Blue Ribbon Panel, GRAG, Rules & Ops Committee and Standing Rules Groups

Posted August 31, 2016

NACHA is issuing a Call for Nominations for the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel, Government Relations Advisory Group, Rules & Operations Committee and Standing Rules Groups. As a benefit of being a NACHA Direct Member or member of NACHA’s Payments Innovation Alliance or Affiliate Program, you may nominate a colleague from your organization, a member of your Regional Payments Association, or yourself to serve on eligible volunteer groups. NACHA’s panels, groups, and committees facilitate inclusive industry dialogue, and NACHA encourages all organizations to nominate candidates who meet the criteria outlined below.

Each of these volunteer groups serves two-year terms. The new terms for these groups start on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2018.

Please review the following information detailing the roles and qualifications for members of each of these groups. When submitting nominations, please consider individuals who will be able to contribute actively. All nominees also must remain in compliance with NACHA’s Code of Conduct. Nominations are due Oct. 12, 2016. Submit nominations online below, or use the PDF form found in the lower right side bar of this webpage.


Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) Blue Ribbon Panel
Role and Operation: The AAP Blue Ribbon Panel functions as the administrative review board for the AAP Program and maintains responsibility for the following areas of the program:
 

  • Oversight responsibility for executing on the strategic direction of the AAP program
  • Review and revision of the AAP Program Policies
  • Development of new test questions
  • Review and revision of existing test questions to ensure accuracy of content and validity of topic area
  • Establishment of test cut score
  • Oversight responsibility for the AAP Handbook and other AAP publications

The AAP Blue Ribbon Panel has one annual face-to-face meeting and may hold additional meetings by conference call. Occasionally, a second face-to-face meeting in a given year is necessary.
 
Composition: The panel consists of 10 to 12 volunteer members including the chairperson of the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel, ACH Network professionals drawn from the NACHA family, and NACHA staff. The chair of NACHA’s Board of Directors appoints the chair of the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel, who then selects panel members from the nominations received.
 
Participant Expectations
: Each member of the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel must have a thorough understanding of the ACH Network and be well versed in the requirements of the NACHA Operating Rules & Guidelines. AAP Blue Ribbon Panel Members must be AAPs.

>>>>>>>>>Submit Your Nomination for the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel


NACHA Government Relations Advisory Group
Role & Operation: NACHA’s Government Relations Advisory Group (GRAG) supports NACHA’s government relations program – the objective of which is to promote use of the ACH Network and protect the interests of Network participants. GRAG members:
 

  • Review NACHA’s overall public policy development
  • Advise on policy priorities
  • Review draft NACHA positions on specific payments system issues, including legislative testimony and requests for comment by government agencies on proposed rules

GRAG meets by conference call (bi-monthly and as necessary) and in person up to two times per year. 
 
Composition: GRAG consists of appointees representing Direct Financial Institutions, Regional Payments Associations and their member financial institutions, and other stakeholders as NACHA deems appropriate. 
 
Participant Expectations: Members of GRAG should have an interest in and be familiar with the public policy analysis and development process. GRAG members should be capable of translating public policy, proposed or enacted, into practical implications for the ACH Network and the payments system more generally. 
 
NACHA relies heavily on the input of its members, in particular members of GRAG, for assistance in assessing the implication of laws, regulations, and legislation on the ACH Network and developing policy responses and tactics accordingly. GRAG members may be asked to communicate with policymakers directly or otherwise represent NACHA before policymaking bodies and should be comfortable with this role. 
 
GRAG members must also be capable of indirectly representing their respective organizations while directly representing NACHA on policy issues related to the payments system. In this regard, members of GRAG should expect to serve as a liaison between the government relations departments of their respective organizations (if applicable) and NACHA. GRAG members are expected to participate on conference calls when scheduled and to respond on a timely basis to requests for input by GRAG or NACHA staff.

 >>>>>>>>>Submit Your Nomination for the Government Relations Advisory Group


Rules and Operations Committee
Role and Operation: The Rules and Operations Committee provides oversight to the NACHA rulemaking process. Through rulemaking, NACHA evaluates rule amendments and opt-in programs. The Rules and Operations Committee:
 

  • Provides oversight to the Rulemaking Process
  • Assesses potential new ACH applications and services
  • Reviews Requests for Information and Requests for Comment
  • Approves membership of Standing Rules Groups and provides oversight to these groups
  • Reviews and approves opt-in programs
  • Reviews and approves distributing ballots to the NACHA Voting Membership

Composition: NACHA Direct Members, FIs members of RPAs and other stakeholders as NACHA deems appropriate. One non-voting liaison each from the ACH Operators, US Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
 
Participant Expectations: Rules and Operations Committee members are expected to participate on monthly conference calls. Because of the time-critical nature of the work and the need for a high level of participation to maintain consistency, the participation of all committee members on each conference call is essential. Candidates should have an understanding of the NACHA Operating Rules and familiarity with NACHA initiatives. 

>>>>>>>>>Submit Your Nomination for the Rules and Operations Committee


Standing Rules Groups 
Role and Operation: The Rules & Operations Committee provides strategic oversight to three Standing Rules Groups (Product Innovation, Risk & Quality, and Compliance & Operations) in the NACHA Rulemaking Process. It is through the NACHA Rulemaking Process that business cases for rule amendments and pilot programs are evaluated, and rule amendments are proposed, balloted, and implemented. The three Standing Rules Groups are:
 
Product Innovation

  • Focus on new ways to use the Network or substantial enhancements to the Network
  • Subgroups may be utilized for specific topics where subject matter experts are needed; this may include end-users
  • Topics may be issued as Requests for Information (RFI)/Request For Comments (RFCs)/Ballots as appropriate throughout the year 

Risk & Quality

  • Focus on Rules related to risk and quality in the Network
  • Two RFI/RFC/Ballot periods per year (may include multiple RFCs and ballots during an issuance period) 

Compliance & Operations

  • Focus on Rules related to operations and maintenance of the Network, and compliance with other regulations
  • Two RFI/RFC/Ballot periods per year (may include multiple RFCs and ballot during an issuance period). If legal or regulatory requires faster action, may have additional ballots. 

Composition: NACHA Direct Members, FIs members of RPAs and other stakeholders as NACHA deems appropriate. One representative from the Rules and Operations Committee. One non-voting liaison each from the ACH Operators, US Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
 
Voting Members will serve two-year terms with members eligible to serve for two consecutive terms. The chair of NACHA’s Rules and Operations Committee will appoint the chair of each of the Standing Rules Groups from members of the Rules and Operations Committee. The Rules and Operations Committee will then select Standing Rules Group members from the nominations received. 
 
Participant Expectations
: Standing Rules Groups’ members are expected to participate on monthly conference calls. Because of the time-critical nature of the work and the need for a high level of participation to maintain consistency, the participation of all committee members on each conference call is essential. As a thorough understanding of the NACHA Operating Rules and the Rulemaking Process is necessary for members of this committee, it is preferable that voting committee members are either AAPs or attorneys working in the area of electronic payments. 

>>>>>>>>>Submit Your Nomination for a Standing Rules Group
 

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