Payments Breakfast


Federal Reserve's Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System

The Federal Reserve's Faster and Secure Payments Task Forces includes nearly 500 payment system stakeholders who have joined forces to improve the U.S. payment system. The Task Force recently published their final report highlighting their assessment of faster payments solution proposals and the challenges, opportunities and recommended next steps in making real-time payments a reality in the United States. Explore the prospect of future changes and the implications of upcoming projects for improving America's payments ecosystem in this riveting discussion that payments practitioners should not miss.


Sean Rodriguez, CCM

Senior Vice President and Faster Payments Strategy Leader
Federal Reserve System

Sean Rodriguez is Faster Payments Strategy Leader for the Federal Reserve System. As Faster Payments Strategy Leader, Rodriguez is leading activities to identify effective approaches for implementing a safe, ubiquitous, faster payments capability in the United States. In addition, Rodriguez chairs the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force, comprised of more than 300 payment system stakeholders interested in improving the speed of authorization, clearing, settlement and notification of various types of personal and business payments.

Rodriguez brings more than 32 years of experience with Federal Reserve Financial Services in operations, product development, sales and marketing. He helped establish the Federal Reserve’s Customer Relations and Support Office in 2001 including its national account program and served on the Federal Reserve’s leadership team for implementing the Check 21 initiative. More recently, Rodriguez was instrumental in the design and launch of the Federal Reserve’s Payments Industry Relations Program. Rodriguez holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, a Graduate School of Banking Certificate from the University of Wisconsin and is an Association for Financial Professionals - Certified Cash Manager.

The Payments Breakfast at AFP 2017 is sponsored by Vantiv