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Who We Are

BPD SealYou haven't heard of the Bureau of the Public Debt before? We're a small agency within the Department of the Treasury. Our customers are your neighbors, co-workers, and most likely you, too. You're our customer if you've ever bought any type of Treasury security for yourself or, as millions have done in the case of savings bonds, as a gift for someone else.

Our job is to borrow the money needed to operate the federal government and to account for the resulting debt. In a nutshell, we borrow by selling Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, as well as U.S. Savings Bonds; we pay interest to investors; and, when the time comes to pay back the loans, we redeem investors' securities. Every time we borrow or pay back money, it affects the outstanding debt of the United States.

We also provide reimbursable administrative, financial management and information technology services to a variety of Federal government entities through our Administrative Resource Center (ARC).

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U.S. Public Debt

One of our primary responsibilities is to account for the U.S. public debt. We update this number daily at TreasuryDirect.gov

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How to Make a Contribution to Reduce the Debt


Ready.Save.Grow InitiativeU.S. Department of the Treasury Launches New Ready.Save.Grow. Initiative

Campaign and its partner network offer long-term savings solutions with helpful information and access to Treasury savings options.

Public Debt ranked number 6 out of 224 Agency Subcomponents as one of the best places to work in the Federal government.

Elimination of Unused or Little Used Web Addresses (Domain Names)

Public Debt Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Public Debt Publishes Strategic Plan for 2009-2014

August 27, 2008 - This is the latest in a series of Public Debt Strategic Plans stretching back nearly 30 years. This plan is organized around our five program areas. In all of our programs, the directions are strategic, the expectations for progress are meaningful and specific, and the accountability is clear.

We invite you to read more about our strategic directions.

Press Room

Looking for an offering announcement, auction result, or Treasury press release?
It's all at TreasuryDirect!

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Our Sites

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Buy Treasury Securities Online

TreasuryDirect is the only financial services website that lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in electronic form backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

We provide information and services to:

  • Individuals
  • Institutions
  • Government agencies

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Government-to-Government Shared Services

Since 1996, the Administrative Resource Center - part of the Bureau of the Public Debt - has provided a full range of administrative services for various federal agencies.

Our services include:

  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Accounting
  • Procurement
  • Travel Services

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