FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP: The National Credit Union Administration Board willmeet Aug. 31 to consider proposed changes to chartering and field of membership rules.

ELECTRONIC BENEFITS: The Treasury Department is expected in the next several weeks to issue a final regulation on making most federal government payments electronically by 1999. In late June, agency officials said they would make direct deposit voluntary for those who receive Social Security and other federal benefits. Separately, the Treasury is expected to propose rules on accounts that banks may offer under contract with the government to recipients who lack bank accounts. Banks will be required to offer four free monthly withdrawals and be allowed to charge a small monthly fee.

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