WASHINGTON Oct 18 The impasse over America's
debt ceiling and a temporary shutdown of the federal government
have not affected the U.S. Treasury Department's planned
calendar for debt issuance, a Treasury official said on Friday.
The official spoke to reporters in a briefing regarding
upcoming meetings between Treasury officials and dealers of U.S.
government securities ahead of the Treasury's Nov. 6 quarterly
The meetings will include discussion of the Treasury's plans
to begin issuing two-year floating rate notes in January,
according to an agenda of the meetings released on Friday by the
The floating rate notes will be the first new type of
security issued by the Treasury since inflation-indexed
securities, known as TIPS, were introduced in 1997.
Treasury officials will also ask dealers to tell them how
much a recent impasse in Congress over the nation's debt ceiling
may have impacted Treasury bill and other financial markets, the
The debate in Congress, which could have led to a damaging
default, was resolved in a congressional deal on Wednesday to
suspend the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling.
In the upcoming meetings with Treasuries dealers, officials
will also ask whether smaller, more frequent 5-year TIPS
auctions would be beneficial to the market, according to the