Treasury Department Launching Crypto Education Initiative: Report

Treasury Department Launching Crypto Education Initiative

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Literacy Education Commission will launch an initiative focused on informing the public about the potential risks of investing in cryptocurrencies, a top official told Reuters in an interview.

  • The educational materials and outreach push will include information about how cryptocurrencies work and how they differ from traditional payment formats, said Nellie Liang, Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance.
  • Liang said crypto could offer potential benefits, such as improving financial inclusion and cross-border payments. The initiative is meant to educate “without trying to stamp out new technology and new innovation,” Liang told Reuters.
  • The Treasury Department’s education department encompasses 20 different agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, whose chairman, Gary Gensler, has previously referred to crypto as the “Wild West.”
  • The Treasury Department’s move comes as the Biden administration reportedly detailing the government’s strategy for setting policies for and regulating cryptocurrencies.