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 Treasury Opens Its Doors to Kids For Take a Future Fed to Work Day

By: Anthony Reyes

publicservice.jpgCelebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is a time to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Last week, 15 cabinet secretaries, including Secretary Lew, asked all Americans to join them in thanking public servants and “reflect on the many benefits we all enjoy as a result of their dedicated and tireless work.” 

Today this recognition of public servants extended to hosting the children of Treasury employees for “Take a Future Fed to Work Day.” The day’s events are giving these “Future Feds” an inside look at how Treasury and its bureaus operate and an opportunity to ask questions of senior Treasury officials.

NSWflagKids.jpgDeputy Secretary Neal 
Wolin started fielding questions from the children by noting how questions he received at last year's "Take a Future Fed to Work Day" event were tougher than many he gets from the press or during official meetings. Soon enough, the Deputy Secretary was stumped by detailed questions from the kids on Treasury’s architectural features and coin and currency production. He was even presented with a riddle! Deputy Secretary Wolin thanked the children for lending their parents and loved ones to the Treasury, so they could make their important contributions to the Department’s work. 

Treasurer Rosie Rios spoke to the children about the history of U.S. currency and explained why both her and the Secretary’s signature appear on notes, and how the imagery of portraits and historical places on currency allow for the U.S. government to institutionalize the history of a relatively young country. Treasurer Rios gave the kids a treat by showing them the new 100-dollar bill that will be released this fall, and even took the time to personalize and autograph dollar notes. Following their visit to the main Treasury building, the children were taken to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to meet with engravers and tour the manufacturing facility where U.S. currency is printed.

NaniKids.jpgAssistant Secretary for Management Nani Coloretti spoke to a packed room of children ages 8 through 18 and explained her duties in managing the Department’s operations and finances. Assistant Secretary Coloretti noted some of the many issues Treasury works on and encouraged every child of a Treasury employee to ask their parent about what they do to strengthen the nation’s economy. Assistant Secretary Coloretti also shared some fun facts like how the Treasury attic used to be a chemical lab for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau during the Prohibition era.

K9SSKids.jpgOfficers from the United States Secret Service also welcomed the young visitors by explaining their jobs in protecting the American people, government officials, foreign dignitaries and the White House complex. The children even got to watch a demonstration by an officer from the K-9 unit on how they train their dogs to sniff out explosives. 

The curiosity and fascination of these children about Treasury’s varied responsibilities provided a fresh reminder of how important the work of all of our public servants is to this country and how they serve as role models for their own kids. To learn more about other events that are Public Service Recognition Week please visit

Anthony Reyes is the New Media Specialist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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