Corporate One FCU taking the lead to help credit unions make the most of the faster payments revolution

COLUMBUS, OH (February 21, 2018) — Over the last 12 months, Corporate One Federal Credit Union has advanced its mission to become a leading credit union voice in faster payments. Recent announcements of Charles Harkness to the Governance Framework Formation Team (GFFT) facilitated by the Federal Reserve and Keith Riddle to The Clearing House’s (TCH) Real-Time Payments (RTP) Advisory Committee mark important milestones for the Columbus-based corporate credit union that serves more than 800 credit unions nationwide.

In 2015, The Federal Reserve established the Faster Payments Task Force to fuel the United States’ organized and secure move to real-time payments. The Task Force, which issued its final recommendations in the summer of 2017, was established to identify and evaluate alternative approaches for implementing safe, ubiquitous, real-time payments capabilities in the United States. It envisions all payment service providers having the ability to receive faster payments and to make those funds available to their end-user customers in real time by 2020.

“In 2016, our board of directors made it a strategic initiative for Corporate One to leverage its payments expertise and take a leadership role in developing and helping deliver world-class faster payments solutions here in the United States,” said Corporate One president/CEO Lee Butke. “As a trusted provider of payment solutions to credit unions for more than five decades, being a leading and representative voice for our members and our industry during the momentous transition to real-time payments is a strategic imperative for us. Certainly, having a seat at the table on the GFFT and on the RTP Advisory Committee are tremendous opportunities for Corporate One to participate in formative discussions and to develop a deeper understanding of the real-time payments solutions credit unions will need to succeed in the future.”

Harkness, who also served on the Faster Payments Task Force, is the only credit union representative on the GFFT, which was established in late 2017 to help develop and establish an initial faster payments governance framework for the U.S. Riddle was invited to participate on the RTP Advisory Committee earlier this year. The committee is charged with providing perspectives that will help TCH’s RTP, which was launched as the first real-time payments rail in the U.S. in November 2017, continue to be responsive to all financial institutions and drive adoption of RTP in an effort to achieve the goal of ubiquity by 2020.

Other faster payments efforts at Corporate One have focused on deepening its understanding of and bringing real-time payments use cases to market for credit unions quickly so they can remain competitive and relevant financial providers. Most notably, such efforts have included:

• Signing on as one of the first organizations to use a cloud-based testing environment to simulate connectivity to TCH’s real-time payments network.
• Partnering with the Ohio-based non-profit startup accelerator Fintech71, an innovation outpost for the top financial services companies in the U.S.
• Forming a new internal division called “Enterprise Solutions Development” focused on strengthening Corporate One’s ongoing commitment to developing and delivering innovative solutions to the credit union market.

About Corporate One Federal Credit Union

Serving more than 700 credit unions nationwide, Corporate One Federal Credit Union is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted corporate credit unions, creating opportunities for credit unions through our premier investment, funding, and payment solutions to America’s credit unions for nearly 75 years. Corporate One is at the forefront of helping credit unions realize the benefits of immediate payments, with comprehensive solutions available for the RTP® network and FedNow℠ (once it launches). For more information, visit our website.

About Faster Payments Task Force

The Federal Reserve System’s Faster Payments Task Force will engage a diverse array of stakeholders in advancing the work outlined in Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System (PDF), published in January 2015. The mission of the Faster Payments Task Force is to identify and assess alternative approaches for implementing safe, ubiquitous, faster payments capabilities in the United States. For more information, please visit

About The Clearing House

The Clearing House is a banking association and payments company that is owned by the largest commercial banks and dates back to 1853. The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. owns and operates core payments system infrastructure in the United States and is currently working to modernize that infrastructure with a new, ubiquitous, real-time payment system. The Payments Company is the only private-sector ACH and wire operator in the United States, clearing and settling nearly $2 trillion in U.S. dollar payments each day, representing half of all commercial ACH and wire volume. Its affiliate, The Clearing House Association L.L.C., is a nonpartisan organization that engages in research, analysis, advocacy and litigation focused on financial regulation that supports a safe, sound and competitive banking system.


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