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Financial Inclusion Forum: What We Heard

By: Melissa Koide and Alexia Latortue
Monday, January 11, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently hosted a two-day Financial Inclusion Forum that brought together government, nonprofit, and private sector executives to discuss financial inclusion.
Posted in: Financial Inclusion

A testament to the important financial ties between the U.S. and Central America

By: Jennifer Fowler
Friday, December 04, 2015

In a testament to the important financial ties between the United States and the countries of Central America, Treasury and the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Panama hosted this public-private dialogue to discuss a wide array of issues related to correspondent banking, including trends, challenges, expectations, and implementation practices.
Posted in: Central America

The Iran Deal and Sanctions

By: Betsy Bourassa
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We are currently in an important preparatory phase of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 move to implement key commitments.
Posted in: Iran

Covered Agreement 101: Five Questions with FIO Director Michael McRaith

By: Michael McRaith
Friday, November 20, 2015

​Today, Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the intention to negotiate a “covered agreement” with the European Union (EU).  ​
Posted in: Covered Agreement

Help Treasury Reinvent

By: David Lebryk
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today the U.S. Treasury Department and the Center for Open Data Enterprise co-hosted an open data roundtable meeting to explore opportunities to increase public access and the usability of federal spending data.​
Posted in: DATA Act

The Administration’s Roadmap for Puerto Rico: Diverse Voices Supporting a Balanced Proposal

By: Daniel Watson
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Puerto Rico and the 3.5 million Americans living there are in the midst of an economic and fiscal crisis. The Administration has worked extensively with Puerto Rican officials to find solutions to the Commonwealth’s fiscal crisis, bringing the full capabilities of the Executive branch to bear in providing assistance to speed Puerto Rico’s economic recovery. 
Posted in: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Needs Access to Bankruptcy Protection

By: Kent Hiteshew
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The Obama Administration recently released a package of legislative proposals to comprehensively address Puerto Rico's well-documented fiscal and economic crisis.
Posted in: Puerto Rico

A Closer Look at the Evolving Nature of Financial Markets

By: Rob Friedlander
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

During a speech ​this morning at the 2015 Risk USA Conference in New York, Patrick Pinschmidt – Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) – discussed the critically important topics of market structure and financial stability. 
Posted in: Financial Stability Oversight Council

There is Only One Solution to the Debt Limit

By: Daniel Watson
Friday, October 16, 2015

Seven months ago, the outstanding debt of the United States reached the statutory limit set by Congress.  Since then, the Treasury Department has been using extraordinary measures to continue to finance the government on a temporary basis.  That’s because only Congress can raise the debt limit.  Raising the debt limit does not increase spending or authorize new spending – it simply allows the government to pay its bills.
Posted in: Debt Limit

We Received Central States’ Pension Benefit Reduction Application – Now We Need Your Input

By: Kenneth Feinberg
Thursday, October 15, 2015

In the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, Congress established a new process for certain multiemployer pension plans to propose a temporary or permanent reduction of pension benefits if the plan is projected to run out of money. Under the law, a multiemployer pension plan sponsor that believes benefit reductions are needed must submit an application to the Treasury Department showing that reductions are necessary to keep the plan from running out of money. The law requires the Treasury Department to approve an application if it meets the conditions established by Kline-Miller.
Posted in: Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act
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