Treasury Department

U.S. to Let Spy Agencies Scour Americans' Finances

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

Senate Confirms Jacob Lew as Treasury Secretary

The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama's choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts. Lew had most recently served as Obama's chief of staff.

US Mint Testing New Metals to Make Coins Cheaper

When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute.

What Every American Should Know About the Capital Gains Tax

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over how the U.S. government can increase its revenues involves the capital gains tax rate -- the rate investors pay on their profits. Here's what you need to know to understand just what both sides are arguing about.

Treasury's Big Stake Weighs on AIG's Stock Price

During the past month, AIG stock fell nearly 10% drop after an announcement that the government would sell some of its stake in the insurance giant. The Treasury's ownership in the company has declined from 92% to 77%, but the prospect of its future sell-offs are holding the stock down.

Short Sellers See a Rebound Coming for Big Bank Stocks

Investors have generally taken a negative position on big banks lately: Major financial institutions face a host of issues that are punishing their bottom lines. However, some of Wall Street's most carefully watched investors -- short sellers -- are withdrawing their bets against them.

Treasury Turns to Prepaid Debit Cards for Tax Refunds

The Treasury Department is launching a pilot program to deliver tax refunds via prepaid debit cards rather than checks. The plan aims to cut down on the administrative costs associated with checks and to help lower-income taxpayers without bank accounts, The Wall Street Journal said.

More Top Obama Economic Aides to Step Down

Two of President Barack Obama%u2019s top economic advisers plan to quit. White House National Economic Council Deputy Director Diana Farrell and Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael Barr both plan to leave in the coming weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Treasury Announces $1.5 Billion Small Business Package

The Treasury Department announced a $1.5 billion lending package to boost small businesses at the state level. The money will be available to states that can demonstrate that they will generate $10 in new private lending for every dollar of federal funds they receive, Reuters said. This could create a package worth a total of $15 billion.

Obama's Bank Bailout Chief Is
the Latest to Go

Herbert Allison, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability, is the latest member of the Obama economic to leave ahead of what many expect to be crushing losses for the Democrats in November.

Overhaul May Transform Mortgage Giants Fannie and Freddie

Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may not even exist in their current forms after a revamp of the U.S. housing finance system, Assistant Treasury Secretary Michael Barr said on Tuesday. Moreover, "private gains will no longer be subsidized by public losses," he said.

Boehner: Time to Fire Treasury Chief Geithner

House Minority Leader John Boehner will call on President Barack Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and adviser Lawrence Summers in a speech today. In a speech in Ohio due at 8am today, Boehner will attack Geithner and Summers as promoting "19 months of government-as-community organizer," Politico reported.

Do Fannie and Freddie Have a Future?

The future of the government-backed mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which critics have accused of exacerbating the meltdown in the U.S. housing market, will be discussed next month at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Treasury to Sell 1.5 Billion More Shares of Citigroup

The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it's planning to sell another 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup common stock, part of its effort to recoup some of $700 billion it invested in bailing out the financial system.

U.S. Says Yuan Undervalued; China Not Manipulating Currency

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department avoided naming China as a currency manipulator, saying instead that the yuan is "undervalued." The report said that the recent Chinese decision to end the peg to the dollar was a "significant step," and pledged to monitor the Chinese currency in the next three months, Bloomberg News reported.

Federal Bailout Costs Are Looking a Lot Slimmer

A year ago, the cost of the economic bailout was expected to be more than $250 billion, but thanks to a faster than expected economic rebound, the Treasury Department is now estimating that the real price of the bailout to taxpayers could drop to approximately $89 billion.