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Maine EBT Standards Document

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The EBT Standards Document and meeting minutes are used to communicate issues that arise and must be addressed at and between the regular meetings.

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The timing of changes in the EBT process and associated testing requirements will be discussed and resolved by the Maine EBT Working Group.

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An e-mail list server has been established for the Working Group.

The proponent proposing the modification/enhancement will be responsible for drafting the suggested changes to the specified document and any other documents that are affected.  The proponent will send the proposed change to the Working Group using the list serve.  Any member wishing to comment will do so and the Working Group will accommodate all requests to the greatest extent practicable.  No entity will be required to carry out a change that is excessively burdensome.  However, all entities must make all reasonable efforts to accommodate or implement changes supported by the Working Group. If the Working Group cannot reach consensus on a proposed change, it will submit the issue to the MPUC for a decision.

Once the Working Group has adopted changes to the EBT Standards, these changes will be submitted to the MPUC.  The changes are subject to adoption by the Commission through its procedures for amending rules.  Once the changes have been adopted by the Commission through the rulemaking process, they will be recorded in the change control log sheet in the front of this document and the document will be re-issued to the ME-EBT Standards book holders of record via e-mail and published on the web site.  Changes to technical specifications adopted by the Working Group do not need to be approved through the Commission’s rulemaking process.  These adopted changes will be filed at the Commission, re-issued to the ME-EBT Standards book holders of record via e-mail and published on the web site.

Priority Classifications:  All modifications and enhancements should be classified in one of the following three categories:

Emergency Priority: Changes must be implemented within 10 days or as otherwise directed by the working group.

High Priority:  Changes/Enhancements implemented within 30 days, the next release, or as otherwise directed by the working group.

Low Priority:  Changes/Enhancements implemented no earlier than 90 days, Future Release, or as otherwise directed by the working group.

Emergency Priority:  For a change to be classified as Emergency Priority, the initiating party must demonstrate in writing to the working group that:

The current standards cannot accommodate MPUC Rules.

If the problem is left unattended, it could have a detrimental affect to a working group participant, or Maine’s choice program in general.

Service agreements between CESs and T&Ds cannot solve the problem efficiently.

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