Chances are you have heard me talk about the State Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program and our efforts to return lost money to Louisiana citizens. We’ve even had the privilege of giving back money to local government units at various LMA conventions over the years.

In the short time I’ve been in charge of the Unclaimed Property Program, we have returned $76 million in unclaimed money to its rightful owners. Now, I am pleased to announce we are taking our efforts to a national level by joining the MissingMoney.comcampaign.

MissingMoney.comis an online partnership aimed at helping citizens recover millions of dollars in unclaimed property. Louisiana is one of17 states participating in the initiative, and 21 others are expected to join in the near future.

Here’s how it works. There are more than 7 million owner records on the Missing Money website, which is sponsored by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and the ACS Unclaimed Property Clearinghouse. The website provides unlimited free searches and logs about 750,000 owner searches each month. In addition to providing a national database of names, Missing Money also lists contact information and web links for other states unclaimed property divisions.

I am confident MissingMoney.comwill help us to increase our outreach efforts. The website will provide a centralized location to search for lost money for former residents, individuals who have done business here, and those who have visited here but live in another state. Someone who has recently moved to Louisiana can also use Missing Money.com to check for unclaimed property from the state where he or she once lived.

I encourage you to visit the website and take a look for yourself. You can access Louisiana’s Missing Money database by clicking Missing Money from the Unclaimed Property search page at www.latreasury.comor by going to www.MissingMoney.comand clicking on the State of Louisiana.

When searching for Louisiana unclaimed property, keep in mind it includes savings and checking accounts, uncashed payroll checks, CD’s, stocks and dividends, oil and gas royalty payments, and utility deposits. Unclaimed property does not include tangible assets such as real estate or jewelry.

The Department of the Treasury is constantly working on ways to serve the public better, and I am certain this collaborative effort will afford us yet another opportunity to do so. I always encourage your comments and feedback on the job we are doing, so feel free to call me anytime at 225-342-0010 or send an email to comments@treasury.state.la.us.