A controversy over electronic benefits transfer -- the delivery of welfare, food stamps, and other government payments through electronic banking devices -- has created some strange bedfellows.

Consumer and civil rights groups are siding with a frequent adversary, the Federal Reserve Board. They support a Fed proposal to subject the government agencies in electronic-benefits-transfer systems to the same consumer protection rules that apply to banks' automated-teller-machine and point-of-sale programs.

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