The New York Clearing House Association has been asked to act as a settlement agent for a back-office cooperative aimed at reducing badcheck losses, officials connected with the group said.

The request was extended by 11 banks that belong to Electronic Clearing House Organization, or Eccho, a nonprofit consortium set up two years ago to give banks early notification that a check may not clear by transmitting check data electronically in advance of the paper item. Eccho has about 53 members.

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