Several Treasury Offices Gone

Several Treasury Offices Gone

The Treasury Department lost multiple offices in the New York World Trade Center complex when the terrorist attack hit the twin towers. More than 1,200 employees worked in the Trade Center complex, according to Tony Fratto, a Treasury Department spokesman.

The department Sept. 18 said it has accounted for all of the employees working at the Trade Center during the attack. Treasury offices in the complex included the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Customs Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Even as the department recovers from the attack and works to account for employees, it must also supply operations necessary to meet the country's state of emergency.

According to Deputy Treasury Secretary Ken Dam, who issued a statement Sept. 12, the Secret Service activated its emergency plan, and the Customs Service is at its highest level of alert. Dam also said the ATF is participating in investigations with the Joint Terrorist Task Forces.

A spokesperson from the Secret Service, which ran a field unit in Building 7, reported no data were lost because the service's computer system is backed up to the Washington offices nightly. Building 7, which collapsed in the afternoon Sept. 11, also included offices of the Customs Service, the IRS and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Other government agencies in the towers and surrounding complex include the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Metro Transportation Council.

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