Treasury Suspends Investments Into G Fund

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Carolyn Kaster/AP

The Treasury Department has suspended investments into the government securities G Fund, using the most stable of the federal employee pension funds to delay hitting the government’s debt ceiling.

Suspending investments into the Thrift Savings Plan’s G fund -- which collects on interest-bearing Treasury bonds that make up the public debt -- has become a common tactic in recent years, serving as a component of “extraordinary measures” the federal government takes to stave off default.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a letter sent to Congress on Friday that by law, “the G Fund will be made whole once the debt limit is increased.”

The move was an expected part of a plan Lew laid out several weeks ago.

“Federal retirees and employees will be unaffected by this action,” Lew wrote in the Friday letter.

In February, Treasury reinvested $28 billion back into the G fund to reimburse the account from the previous temporary suspension. At a recent Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting, officials emphasized the fund will once again be made whole.

The measures will enable Treasury to pay its bills through Labor Day -- Sept. 2 -- Lew has said. 

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