Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (264)

Michael McNamara


264. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Social Protection when she plans to announce a tendering process for social welfare payments by electronic funds transfers. [14807/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The processing of electronic fund transfers (EFTs) is currently carried out through the Department's primary bankers with no plans in the short term to go to the market to advertise a new procurement for these services. The Deputy may be interested to note that a request for information (RFI) was issued in January this year with a view to seeking information on potential approaches to electronic payment solutions and associated business processes and to inform any future public procurement of an electronic payment solution which may arise to supplement existing EFT and cash payment arrangements. The responses to the RFI are currently being analysed and the information gleaned from this exercise will then be used to draw conclusions on the future procurement proposals for an ePayment solution if required.