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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) is a federal law enforcement agency and an independent audit watchdog that targets financial institution crime and other fraud, waste, and abuse related to TARP.

Semiannual Report to Congress Issued

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Features of the October 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020 report include:
  • A letter from the Special Inspector General on the lessons learned from SIGTARP oversight of TARP.
  • An overview of SIGTARP's oversight of Making Home Affordable, including the Home Affordable Modification Program.
  • An overview of SIGTARP's oversight of the Hardest Hit Fund.
  • An overview of SIGTARP's oversight of bank and TARP investment programs.

SIGTARP Launches Financial Institution Crimes & Fines Database and Calls for Creation of a National Financial Fraud Registry

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The Financial Institution Crimes & Fines Database lists the hundreds of defendants that have been convicted of a crime or received a fine for violations of civil laws as a result of investigations by SIGTARP. It also includes the dozens of corporate enforcement actions brought as a result of SIGTARP investigations.

To broaden the database's impact, Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes the creation of a national Financial Fraud Registry that records all crimes and fines related to financial fraud.


City of Detroit Office of Inspector General Debars Former City Contractor Environmental Specialty Services Inc. and Richard Berg for Bribery Including in Connection with TARP's Hardest Hit Fund

Detroit contractor debarred for 20 years for paying bribes to get demolition-related contracts, including in the Hardest Hit Fund program.

Two Blight Elimination Program Indictments Unsealed

In separate cases, two demolition contractors have been charged with with theft from a local government receiving federal funds.

SIGTARP Investigations By the Numbers

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SIGTARP Audits By The Numbers

Countering the Ongoing and Evolving Threat of Financial Institution Fraud

The 2008 financial crisis laid bare one of nation's vulnerabilities: financial institution fraud. As recent scandals show, this type of fraud does not go away: it evolves and grows more harmful over time - weakening our financial institutions from the inside. To fix this problem, Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes the creation of a permanent law enforcement office with a narrow mandate to investigate financial institution fraud.

Bringing Accountability to the Insulated CEO

Goldsmith Romero Interview

Executives from medium and small banks have been successfully prosecuted and sentenced to prison for committing crimes. But not big bank executives, who are purposely insulated from knowing about wrongdoing. Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero proposes a crime and fraud certification to help fix that problem.

Goldsmith Romero Interview

Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero speaks with CNBC about the proposal

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The New York Times profiles SIGTARP's success investigating medium and small banks

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