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Protecting Charities from Terrorist Abuse – A Look into the Financial Action Task Force’s Latest Guidance

By: Jennifer Fowler
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Every year, leaders from around the world meet at the United Nations during its General Assembly to discuss key global issues of concern.  Countering terrorist financing has consistently been a focus of these meetings because terrorist abuse of the financial system to move and access funds is not limited by national borders.
Posted in: Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Measuring the Impact of the Small Business Jobs Act

By: Jessica Milano
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Small Business Jobs Act, a significant piece of legislation that increased access to capital for small businesses and communities in the wake of the financial crisis.​
Posted in: Small Business

A Closer Look at Under Secretary Sheets’s Remarks on Latin America

By: Robert Sockin
Monday, September 28, 2015

Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets discussed the challenges and opportunities facing policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean, as many seek to build on improvements in macroeconomic policy and advances in structural reform in recent decades.
Posted in: International Affairs

Treasury Lapse in Appropriations Contingency Plan

By: Brodi Fontenot
Friday, September 25, 2015

Treasury is composed of Departmental Offices (DO) and the bureaus.  Each bureau has discrete functions, and has prepared lapse plans to meet the needs of citizens based on the authorities available to that bureau as best as possible. 
Posted in: Management

The Lehman Bankruptcy Seven Years Later

By: Adam Hodge
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Seven years ago today, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy — the largest in U.S. history — was catastrophic for the firm’s shareholders, creditors, counterparties, and employees.
Posted in: Financial Reform

This National Preparedness Month, Protect Your Finances

By: Louisa Quittman
Monday, September 14, 2015

​September is National Preparedness Month, and it is an opportunity for Americans to assess how prepared they are to face natural disasters like fires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Posted in: Financial Education

Treasury Sends Debt Limit Letter to Members of Congress

By: Dan Watson
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today, Secretary Lew sent the following letter​ to Congress regarding the debt limit.
Posted in: Debt Limit

Acting Under Secretary Szubin Highlights the Iran Deal in his Visit to Israel

By: Jamie Obal
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

​Yesterday, Adam Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, concluded his visit to Israel, where he met with senior Israeli government officials and thought leaders to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as well as our shared efforts to counter Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, and other malign activities.  The trip was the first to Israel by a Treasury Department official since the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 partners was reached in July.  
Posted in: Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Standardizing and Simplifying the Government’s Data on Federal Spending

By: David Lebryk and David Mader
Monday, August 31, 2015

Following a robust engagement with stakeholders, DATA Act standards have been finalized to provide a foundation to improve the quality and consistency of data available.

Posted in: DATA Act

Another Step Forward Under the Student Aid Bill of Rights

Friday, August 28, 2015

Earlier this year, President Obama unveiled a Student Aid Bill of Rights to ensure strong consumer protections for student loan borrowers and issued a Presidential Memorandum to begin making those rights a reality. Last month, as part of that directive, the Department of Education announced a number of new steps we are taking to help Americans manage their student loan debt.
Posted in: Federal Student Aid
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