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