Special Interest Groups / Birds of a Feather Sessions

Special Interest Groups

The U.S. Payments Forum has two special interest groups (SIGs), one for merchants and one for issuers. SIGs meet at all Forum in-person meetings and discuss topics and issues relevant to SIG participants. Examples of topics discussed in SIG sessions have been:

  • Cardholder education and communications best practices
  • EMV implementation best practices
  • Contactless EMV payments implementation best practices
  • Transaction data quality
  • EMV migration planning best practices
  • Issuer and third-party wallets
  • Merchant acceptance of mobile payments
  • Fraud mitigation approaches

Current SIG leads are:

  • Issuer SIG: Keri Crane, Jack Henry™
  • Merchant SIG: Joe Vasterling, Best Buy

Birds of a Feather Sessions

In addition to SIG meetings, “birds of a feather” sessions are also held at Forum meetings to discuss topics or provide education specific to a technology or an industry stakeholder group. Past sessions have covered topics relevant to:

  • Tokenization implementation
  • Payment Account Reference (PAR)
  • Secure Remote Commerce (SRC)
  • E2E/P2PE Implementation
  • Unattended EMV implementations
  • Chargeback best practices
  • Transaction time optimization

If you have questions or would like information about the Working Committees or Special Interest Groups, please contact Devon Rohrer at [email protected].


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