The mission of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is to develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide. As its primary function, the BEP prints billions of dollars—referred to as Federal Reserve Notes—each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve operates as the nation's central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. All U.S. coinage is minted by the United States Mint.
The BEP also advises other Federal agencies on document security matters. In addition, the BEP's research and development efforts focus on the continued use of automation in the production process and counterfeit deterrent technologies for use in security documents, expecially United States currency. The BEP also processes claims for the redemption of mutilated currency.