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Year in Review: Treasury’s Efforts to Invest in Our Communities and Grow American Small Businesses

By: Matt Bevens
Friday, December 20, 2013

​At the Department of the Treasury, the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) work together to power local growth, create a more inclusive economy and drive America’s recovery.  As the year draws to a close, below are some highlights from our work in 2013.
Posted in: Small Business

Disrupting Drug Trafficking Networks – Progress in 2013

By: Michael Swanson
Thursday, December 19, 2013

​Treasury made significant progress this year in our efforts to target drug lords worldwide and disrupt their support​ networks.
Posted in: Office of Foreign Assets Control

Year In Review: Secretary Lew and the Global Economy

By: Holly Shulman
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

​From China to Europe, and in meetings with his counterparts from around the world, the Secretary emphasized policies to grow the U.S. and global economy, level the playing field for American workers and businesses and to create jobs.
Posted in: International Affairs

Three for Three! Exceeding Our Small Business Contracting Goals for the Third Consecutive Year

By: Lorraine Cole, Ph.D.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury understands that small businesses play a critical role in driving economic growth. Because of that, we have made purchasing goods and services from small businesses a top priority. 
Posted in: Small Business

Treasury Notice Advances Federal Tax Equality for Same-Sex Married Couples

By: Betsy Bourassa
Monday, December 16, 2013

The Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor last June, invalidating a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, has given rise to crucial protections to same-sex married couples nationwide.  In August, Treasury and IRS helped to clarify the federal tax implications of Windsor by determining that all legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes.  Today, Treasury and IRS made significant progress in further promoting tax equality by issuing a new, related notice.
Posted in: Tax Policy

What Others Are Saying About the Approval of the Volcker Rule

By: Anthony Reyes
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

​Five financial regulatory bodies today approved a final Volcker Rule to safeguard taxpayers from risky bank activity. Here’s what a few people are saying about this important provision.
Posted in: Wall Street Reform

Regulators Finalize the Volcker Rule

By: Suzanne Elio
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The five regulatory agencies charged with implementing the Volcker Rule, a provision of Wall Street Reform, today approved a final rule.  Treasury, which had a statutory role to coordinate the rulemaking, applauded the regulators' work.

Posted in: Wall Street Reform

In Case You Missed It: Secretary Lew Provides Update On Wall Street Reform

By: Anthony Reyes
Friday, December 06, 2013

​Yesterday, Secretary Lew delivered remarks at Pew Charitable Trusts on the state of Wall Street Reform, including recent progress implementing new rules of the road designed to better protect taxpayers, promote sustainable growth and job creation, and make the financial system safer and more resilient.​
Posted in: Wall Street Reform

New Steps to Make It Easier to Discover and Use Treasury Data

By: Rajeev Mishra and Sophie Raseman
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

​Treasury has unveiled a new Public Data Listing at, and a developer-friendly version at The listings contain a diverse group of data sets from across Treasury and its bureaus, and the following are a few ways to explore it​
Posted in: Consumer Policy

Fact Sheet: Closing the Dividend Tax Loophole for Non-U.S. Investors

By: Matt Bevens
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

​A Treasury fact sheet on new proposed regulations released today. When finalized, the proposed regulations will close a wasteful tax loophole currently providing non-U.S. investors, like offshore hedge funds, with a way to avoid taxes on dividends paid by U.S. equities.
Posted in: Tax Policy
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