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The Federal Reserve System also created a site over the past year named fedcentennial.gov, one of several domains the central bank has reserved in anticipation of commemorating its 100th year in 2013. The board said it is keeping those options for now as it tries to figure out how to showcase the Fed’s history on the Internet.

The Fed is also an independent office with its own funding, leaving it in a somewhat different position from most executive branch departments and agencies.