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United States public debt

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The United States public debt is a measure of the obligations of the United States federal government and is presented by the United States Treasury in two components and one total:

  • Debt Held by the Public, representing all federal[1] securities held by institutions or individuals outside the United States Government;
  • Intragovernmental Holdings, representing U.S. Treasury securities held in accounts which are administered by the United States Government, such as the OASI Trust fund administered by the Social Security Administration; and
  • Total Public Debt Outstanding, which is the sum of the above components.[2]
  • ... more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt

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  1. United States Government Accountability Office, "Federal Debt: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"
  2. United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt (November 2010). "Debt position and activity report". TreasuryDirect. Retrieved January 16, 2011.