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A Brief History of U.S. Government, Currency, 1861 – Present: Part 2

By: Dr. Franklin Noll
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

​Currency in circulation has become much simpler, consisting of one type for each denomination up to $100; however the actual notes themselves have become more complicated.
Posted in: Bureau of Engraving nad Printing.

A Brief History of U.S. Government Currency, 1861-Present: Part 1

By: Dr. Franklin Noll
Monday, August 25, 2014

​The federal government began issuing its own currencies during the Civil War as it tried to meet funding and money circulation emergencies.
Posted in: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Treasury Office of Technical Assistance Has Small Program, Big Impact

By: Larry McDonald
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) has helped developing and transitional countries build their capacity to manage government finances more effectively; deliver essential public services; and grow their economies. 
Posted in: International Affairs

Secretary Lew Highlights Importance of Open Capital Markets for Investment in African Economies

By: Anthony Reyes
Thursday, August 07, 2014

This week, President Obama hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, presenting an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.​
Posted in: International Affairs

Update: Growing Strength in the U.S. Economy

By: Karen Dynan
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The U.S. economy continues to strengthen.  Last week, we learned that 209,000 jobs were created in July.  This increase represented the sixth consecutive monthly payroll gain of more than 200,000—the longest such stretch since 1997. 
Posted in: Economic Policy

Treasury Aces Small Business Procurement Scorecard for Third Year in A Row

By: Lorraine Cole
Friday, August 01, 2014

​Today the Small Business Administration (SBA) released its Small Business Procurement Scorecard, an annual report that assesses the progress made in prime contracting and subcontracting to small businesses by 24 federal government agencies, and we are proud to say that - for the third year in a row -Treasury received an score. ​
Posted in: Management

Treasury takes a big step to fight dirty money

By: David S. Cohen
Friday, August 01, 2014

​For years, the Treasury Department has worked to bring transparency to our financial system. Yet, one critical gap remains — banks and brokerages often do not know the identity of the people behind the businesses that open accounts.​
Posted in: Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Secretary Lew Visits Iowa to Highlight Investment in Manufacturing

By: Anthony Reyes
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Secretary Jacob J. Lew traveled to Davenport, Iowa to highlight the Obama Administration’s commitment to fostering economic growth, expanding opportunity, and investing in advanced manufacturing.
Posted in: Secretary Lew

Making Home Affordable Teams Up with California’s Hardest Hit Fund

By: Maya Newman
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

​Last week, Making Home Affordable (MHA) hosted two events in the Golden State of California. The events, held in Riverside and Sacramento, provided homeowners an opportunity to explore options for lowering their mortgage payments, learn about alternatives to foreclosure, and gain a better understanding of their eligibility for help through the federal MHA program and California’s Keep Your Home California (KYHC).​
Posted in: Making Home Affordable

Treasury Celebrates Multilateral Development Banks at Third Annual Ceremony Honoring International Development Projects

By: Betsy Bourassa
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

​Last week, Treasury hosted its third annual Development Impact Honors, celebrating multilateral development bank (MDB) projects for their success in addressing key global development challenges.​
Posted in: International Affairs
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