ICFE Joins ANSI-BBB Identity Theft Prevention
and Identity Management Standards Panel
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ICFE Joins ANSI-BBB Identity Theft Prevention
and Identity Management Standards Panel

San Diego, CA. - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have announced today a new cross-sector, market-wide initiative to substantively advance marketplace mechanisms to minimize identity theft and fraud - the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP).

Joining ANSI and BBB in this effort are nine leading corporations who each have committed a sizable sponsorship to underwrite the initial costs of the Panel. These nine Founding Partners are: AT&T, Citi, ChoicePoint, Dell Inc., Intersections Inc., Microsoft, Staples, Inc., TransUnion and Visa U.S.A.

The nonprofit, San Diego based Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) has been invited to join the IDSP. The IDSP is designed to bring together the spectrum of standards and guidelines germane to ID Theft & Fraud Prevention and ID Management that exist across industries and sectors into a single resource, accessible to businesses of all sizes and types. As part of this process, the Panel will also identify standards that need updating and/or gaps where new standards work should be done.

The ICFE is the first organization to make available a nationally recognized certification program known as the ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist(TM) (CITRMS). The new curriculum has already been accepted for 30 continuing education credits for Certified Financial Planners (CFP) by the CFP Board of Standards and Practices and 30 PACE credits in conjunction with the American College and the Society of Financial Service Professionals for Chartered Financial Consultants (ChFCs) and Chartered Life Underwriters (CLUs) continuing education requirements. The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants also accepts the CITRMS program for 30 CEUs for its Registered Financial Consultants (RFCs).

The IDSP has two main charges: First, it will endeavor to identify and catalogue in one place any existing, broadly-applicable identity theft and fraud prevention standards and guidelines. Second, it will identify areas where updated or new standards are needed. The panel's recommendations for revised or additional standards shall serve as a call to action for further work by the standards development community.

Comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, the Panel will develop a comprehensive resource of standards and guidelines that businesses and other organizations can use to prevent and respond to identity theft and fraud. The Panel will engage the broadest possible participation of all affected parties to select the specifications and best Practices most applicable to combat identity fraud; it is being organized so that it shall not be disproportionately dependent upon any single organization or stakeholder group.

For more information contact:
Jim McCabe
Director, Consumer Relations and Public Policy
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1.212.642.8921
Fax: 1.212.398.0023
E-mail: jmccabe@ansi.org


About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation).  The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. 
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org).  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much.  ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org.  Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G,  a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.

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