Government mulls guidelines on
SEVERAL government agencies and private sector representatives,
with the help of the Congressional Oversight Committee on
Electronic Commerce, are working on a draft guideline on how
government agencies should accept electronic payments, INQ7.net
A technical working group headed by the Department of Trade and
Industry and the Department of Finance are working with private
sector representatives on the second draft of the e-payment
guidelines, according to Janette Toral, executive director of
Congressional Oversight Committee's secretariat.
The guideline will include an accreditation process for
government agencies wanting to accept e-payments.
The technical working group met Monday, and most
revenue-generation government agencies were invited to
contribute to the draft guidelines, Toral said.
There is no clear guideline on how government agencies should
accept electronic payments despite the passage of the E-Commerce
"The way the guideline was structured is that any government
agency wanting to accept e-payments should get accreditation
from the Bureau of Treasury," Toral said.
Another round of meeting will be scheduled this month.
The Congressional Oversight Committee on E-Commerce hopes to
have the guidelines ready by April 2006.
Toral said that this guideline will likely pave the way for
e-commerce to happen between government agencies.