A government panel formed to study how electronic money will affect consumers issued a list of goals Tuesday.

The Consumer Electronic Payments Task Force, headed by Comptroller of the Currency Eugene A. Ludwig, was established in September.

At its first meeting Feb. 6, the panel adopted a mission statement and work plan. The staff members from the banking and thrift agencies and the Federal Trade Commission came up with three goals:

Identify the consumer issues raised by electronic money;

Evaluate the extent to which these concerns are already addressed by state and federal laws and regulations or voluntary industry guidelines;

Lay out innovative private-sector approaches that could help the electronic-money industry address whatever consumer issues are identified.

Task force members plan to meet informally with representatives from industry, consumer, and privacy groups during the second quarter.

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