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Federal Reserve Financial Services introduces FedNow® User Group to promote collaboration, engagement among FedNow participants

Federal Reserve Financial Services (FRFS) just announced the new FedNow User Group to continue promoting collaboration for the 607 financial institutions and their service providers on the FedNow Service network. The FedNow User Group aims to facilitate regular engagement between FRFS and FedNow participants to promote innovation and inform the continued evolution of the service.

“The strong adoption and engagement surrounding the FedNow Service reflects our collaboration with the industry since day one, and this remains a priority as we pursue our shared mission of ubiquitous availability of instant payments,” said Mark Gould, chief payments executive for Federal Reserve Financial Services. “This new user group will provide institutions on the network and service providers who support them the opportunity to advise on new developments that further enhance the value of the FedNow Service for all participants.”

Following the service launch in July 2023 with 35 participating institutions, FedNow Service adoption and network volume continues to gain traction as participants enable instant payment processes, identify in-demand use cases, and raise awareness of instant payment products and services among their customers.

Through the FedNow User Group, all participating financial institutions and their service providers can receive a detailed look at ongoing service enhancements and share feedback to inform future development via working groups, roundtables and webinars. The FedNow User Group also focuses on identifying innovative use cases to serve businesses and consumers seeking faster and more efficient ways to send and receive payments.

Use cases currently enabled by FedNow participants are expanding and include account-to-account payments, digital wallet funding, instant insurance disbursements and business-to-business payments.