As required by law, the U.S. Treasury is working to set policy enhancing financial inclusion.  While it seeks recommendations for new policies in areas ranging from predatory lending to technological innovation and new federal programs, it is unclear how actionable its findings will prove and if federal policymakers then implement those possible under current law.  However, Treasury policy will clearly not provide an overall endorsement for new technology as advocates may hope; the conclusions on which policy will be based point to technology’s potential benefits, but also numerous risks to vulnerable households and communities.

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