Treasury Undersecretary John D. Hawke Jr. reminded bankers Monday that by Jan. 1, 1999, the government will be making more than one billion electronic payments a year, and not to ignore people who get government benefits but don't have a bank account.

A 1996 law requires that all federal payments except tax refunds be made electronically. Speaking at a National Automated Clearing House Association conference in Orlando, Mr. Hawke urged bankers to court those 10 million people.

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