U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Department of the Treasury
Secretary:Jack Lew
Deputy Secretary:Neal S. Wolin
Annual budget:$110.2 billion (2013)
Total employed:96,232 (2011)
Year created:1789
Official website:http://www.treasury.gov/


Executive Departments of the United States

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Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonLoretta LynchPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro
The Department of the Treasury is a United States executive department established in 1789. The Department was originally formed as a solution to managing the finances of the federal government.[1] The Department is led by the current Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew.

The Department employs 96,000 employees in major divisions such as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Mint.[2][3] The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Secret Service were bureaus of the Department until 2003.[3] The Department's operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $110.2 billion.[4]


On April 1, 1776, the Treasury Office of Accounts was formed to maintain the accounts of the rebel colonies. This allowed the colonies to seek loans after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.[1] The subsequent years saw a steep decline in the value of Continental Dollars until Robert Morris was appointed Superintendent of the Treasury in 1781. In 1789, the First Congress of the United States created the Department of the Treasury, with Alexander Hamilton becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury.[1]

Many departments and agencies have taken root in the Treasury Department before breaking off. The U.S. Post Office, Commerce Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Health and Human Services and even the U.S. Coast Guard were in some way responsibilities of the Treasury Department early in their development. At the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, the Department played a strong role in the formation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.[1]



The Department of the Treasury website states the mission:

Maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting conditions

that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources.[5][6]


The current Secretary of the Treasury is Jack Lew. The duties of the Secretary include:[1]

  • Managing economic and fiscal policy
  • Handling government accounting and debt management
  • Promulgating and enforcing tax and tariff laws
  • Assessing and collecting internal revenue
  • Producing currency
  • Supervising national banks

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Office of the Secretary of the Treasury

The Secretary is charged with advising the President on economic and fiscal policy. The Secretary also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the federal government as well as overseeing the Treasury Department. The head of the Department is also responsible for representing the U.S. in international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and regional development banks.[1]

Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

The Deputy Secretary assists the Secretary in running the Department and is responsible for leading the Department in the absence of the Secretary.[1]

Office of the Treasurer of the United States

The Treasurer of the United States must receive, hold and disburse government funds. The Treasurer's signature is present on all U.S. paper money along with the Secretary's signature.[1]

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The Department of the Treasury had a budget of $162.1 billion for the fiscal year 2012. The Department's request for fiscal year 2013 was $110.2 billion, a 32% decrease.[4]


The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2005-2011, the Department of the Treasury has lost an average of 545 jobs per year. [7]


The Department expected 5 furlough days would be mandatory for employees.[8]

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