WASHINGTON - On Friday - for the first time - the government will use the automated clearing house to collect banks' and thrifts' quarterly deposit insurance payment.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has been testing the new electronic debit process since March. After three trial runs, the agency whittled errors to just a couple of hundred, mainly due to inaccurate account or routing transit numbers. That's not bad, considering the FDIC is collecting premiums from more than 12,000 insured institutions.

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