2023-03-02T11:28:47-05:00April 11th, 2022|1- Financial Services Management|

Treasury Digital Dollar

Progressive Democrats in the House have introduced an alternative digital-dollar proposal (“e-cash”) to the “FedAccount” construct urged by Senate progressives that mandates an electronic currency created by the Treasury Department to devise an electronic substitute for physical fiat currency. The measure acknowledges at least some of the challenges in doing so (e.g., obstacles for those with disabilities or limited broadband access), but nonetheless mandates a very fast-paced implementation schedule that is governed by a new Treasury office with senior status and considerable independence. While a new inter-agency council would be established to address issues such as conflicts between e-cash issuance and monetary policy, the bill itself otherwise fails to address this fundamental question, as well as many others such as how it achieves privacy and anonymity goals….