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US Treasury-led CBDC Working Group looking at technical issues, national interest

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The United States Treasury Department is continuing to consider design decisions relating to the introduction of a central bank digital currency.

Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang gave an audience at the Atlantic Council a rundown on March 1 of technical and policy issues the Treasury-led CBDC Working Group is looking at.Liang looked at both wholesale and retail CBDC (wCBDC and rCBDC), saying wCBDC raised more technical questions, whereas an rCBDC involved access issues.

She mentioned in particular that “institutions not currently eligible for central bank accounts” could be granted access to a wCBDC.

A wCBDC could be used for tokenized interbank settlements or securities transactions as well, Liang said. It could also support stablecoins:Liang reiterated the Federal Reserve Board’s position that an intermediated rCBDC would serve the country’s interests best and said determining the range of intermediaries for an rCBDC is a major policy question.

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