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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) is a federal law enforcement agency that targets financial institution crime and is an independent watchdog protecting taxpayer dollars.

SIGTARP works across jurisdictions to investigate all organizations and individuals involved in TARP programs. Our analytical, experience-based approach identifies hidden crime and we work with the U.S. Department of Justice to hold accountable individuals and financial institutions that break the law. SIGTARP audits protect taxpayer dollars while improving TARP programs.

SIGTARP Investigates Financial Institution Crime

SIGTARP uses an analytical, experienced-based approach to identify and investigate crime at financial institutions where TARP funds were lost. We also investigate all TARP housing programs, including the blight demolition.

Our special agents have the authority to search, seize, and arrest. When they and our investigative attorneys, analysts and forensic agents build a strong case against an individual or financial institution, SIGTARP then works with the Justice Department and other prosecutors to take the case to trial or secure a guilty plea.

SIGTARP is an Independent Watchdog for Taxpayers

SIGTARP audits TARP programs to prevent fraud and abuse, identify wasteful spending, and drive improvements.

Anticipating the need for long-term support, TARP housing programs extend into the next decade. SIGTARP acts as a watchdog to ensure these programs help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure and are effectively managed.

When our team of forensic auditors and evaluators find a program or issue that may be at risk, they get to work reviewing documents, interviewing and analyzing.

When an audit confirms a program is at risk, SIGTARP looks for ways to fix the problem by leveraging best practices and our extensive knowledge of TARP. We then issue recommendations to the U.S. Treasury Department, which we share with Congress and the public.

Special Inspector General Romero
Christy Goldsmith Romero is the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.