From: "Meghan Ashford-Grooms" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:29:51 -0500
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <>

Subject: RE: media question about Aug. 5 U.S. downgrade report
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:57:25 -0400
From: Piecuch, John
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <>

Hello Meghan,
Please find responses below.

John Piecuch

Director, Communications
Standard & Poor's

This is the first time that S&P has lowered its rating on the US (we canot speak for other firms). 
Standard & Poor's has assigned its AAA rating on the United States since it was created in 1941 by a merger.  The predecessor companies both gave the US their highest ratings as well.