Department of Treasury Guidelines for Electronic Signatures
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
The United States Treasury Department is entrusted with a broad
range of duties and functions. In addition to monetary functions such
as budgets, taxes, and currency production and circulation, Treasury
also oversees critical functions in enforcement, economic policy
development, and international treaty negotiation, just to name a few.
The Internal Revenue Service is an agency within the Treasury. Information regarding compliance to IRS regulations is available here.
BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT
The Bureau of Public Debt is responsible for the accounting for and
reporting of the debt in accordance with statutory direction. The
Bureau does not have any public policy decision making authority.
31 CFR 370 - ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS AND FUNDS TRANSFERS RELATING TO UNITED STATES SECURITIES
§ 370.35 Does the Bureau of the Public Debt accept all electronically signed transaction requests?
An electronic signature will not be accepted if it has not
been accomplished through a method that has been approved for specific
purposes by us.
§ 370.38 What is the legal effect of an electronic signature?
An electronic signature and any electronic message to which
it is affixed or attached may not be denied legal effect, including
legal effect as a signature, a writing, or an original, solely because
the signature or record is in electronic form.
OFFICE OF FISCAL SERVICE
The Fiscal Service consists of the Office of the Fiscal Assistant
Secretary (OFAS) and two Treasury Bureaus: The Financial Management
Service (FMS) and the Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD). The Fiscal
Assistant Secretary reports to the Under Secretary for Domestic
Finance. The Fiscal Service's mission is to develop policy for and
operate the financial infrastructure of the Federal government,
including payments, collections, cash management, financing, central
accounting, and delinquent debt collection.
31 CFR 370 ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS AND FUNDS TRANSFERS RELATING TO UNITED STATES SECURITIES
§ 370.1 What special terms do I need to know to understand this part?
Digital signature means a type of electronic signature.
A signer creates a digital signature by using public-key encryption to
transform a message digest of an electronic message. If a recipient of
the digital signature has an electronic message, message digest
function, and the signer's public key, the recipient can verify:
(1) Whether the transformation was accomplished with the private key that corresponds to the signer's public key; and
(2) Whether the electronic message has been altered since the transformation was made.
Electronic message means information that is stored in an electronic medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
Electronic signature means a signature of an electronic message that:
(1) Identifies and authenticates a particular person as the source of the electronic message; and
(2) Indicates such person's approval of the information contained in the electronic message.