Whatever lobbying Democrats Abroad and ACA is basically completely ineffective and disregarded if you believe what is said in this article. I might send an email to Joe Green himself to get his reaction. An unnamed Treasury Department official appears to view the Democrats Abroad FBAR/FATCA survey as a “joke” because its anonymous. It appears Treasury has very much made up its mind on this issue prior to next weeks hearing.
If this is a the general attitude the US is going to take the odds of an intergovernmental agreement with Canada are low. In fact there is a pattern here of whenever Ottawa makes noises as in the Barrie McKenna piece a few days ago in the Globe and Mail of some type of compromise the civil service at US Treasury pours cold water over it.
Credit to Steven Mopsick. He has said all along they will push this as long as hard as possible even to the point of this ending up in an absolute legal mess with court fights all over the world.
What is the why?
Treasury believes most individuals will comply and not want to risk never being able to enter the US. I don’t think they really understand the political dimensions of this in Canada yet.
At one point the term “Administration official” is used at another “Treasury official” does “Administration official” mean the White House and Obama himself.