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Treasury's official blog, featuring blog posts from Treasury's senior officials and staff sharing news, announcements and information about the work done at the Treasury Department.

Treasury’s Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund Awards 11 Contracts

By: Melissa Koide
Thursday, October 02, 2014

​Treasury today announced contracts for 11 research projects under the Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund. These projects will develop, test, and evaluate new ways to assist more Americans with financial options and help bring safe and affordable financial services to more families.​
Posted in: Consumer Policy

20 Years of Lifting Up Communities

By: Jonathan Greenblatt
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

​For two decades, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has been an important element of an economic strategy designed to create opportunity for all and strengthen communities by increasing access to capital. Today, the Obama administration celebrated its 20th anniversary by convening government officials, business executives, and community leaders at the Treasury Department to mark the achievements of the CDFI Fund and to look at the prospects for its continued success. 

Posted in: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)

Trip Recap: Assistant Secretary Lago traveled to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

By: Holly Shulman
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

​Assistant Secretary Marisa Lago, accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Jennifer Fowler and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Michael Kaplan, traveled to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador earlier this month to meet with government officials, non-governmental organizations, local entrepreneurs, representatives from the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), 
Posted in: International Affairs

Common Questions on FSOC’s Nonbank Financial Company Designations

By: Suzanne Elio
Friday, September 26, 2014

​Among the authorities granted to the Financial Stability Oversight Council, one of its most frequently discussed is its ability to designate nonbank financial companies for heightened supervision – namely, enhanced prudential standards and consolidated oversight by the Federal Reserve. This authority, which was created under Section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is an important tool that allows the Council to address threats that certain large, complex, interconnected nonbank financial companies could pose to financial stability.
Posted in: FSOC

Secretary Lew Commemorates AmeriCorps Anniversary

By: Anthony Reyes
Monday, September 15, 2014

​Twenty years ago, Secretary Lew was serving as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and General Counsel of the Office of National Service when he was charged with creating and implementing a new federal initiative that would inspire young Americans to give back to their country through community service. ​
Posted in: AmeriCorps

Treasury Makes 98 Percent of Monthly Benefit Payments via Safe, Reliable Electronic Channels.

By: David A. Lebryk
Friday, September 12, 2014

​Each year, the Treasury Department disburses billions of payments, including payments to federal benefit recipients.  Millions of Americans rely on these payments, often for the most basic of needs like housing, food, and medical expenses. 
Posted in: Bureau of Fiscal Service

Infrastructure investment summit begins to chart course toward mobilizing private capital

By: Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Since his first day in office, President Obama has understood the importance of rolling back this infrastructure deficit, and investing in transportation has been a cornerstone of his economic policies.
Posted in: Infrastructure Investment

Combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s Access to Financing

By: David S. Cohen
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

​Tonight, President Obama will outline a comprehensive strategy to degrade, dismantle and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As part of this strategy, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will intensify our efforts to undermine ISIL’s finances.
Posted in: Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Treasury Launches the U.S. Currency Reader Program to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired Denote Currency

By: Treasurer Rosie Rios
Thursday, August 28, 2014

​The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is taking a number of steps to introduce technologies and features to make our nation’s paper currency more accessible to all individuals. ​
Posted in: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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.
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