SIGTARP Investigates Financial Institution Crime
SIGTARP uses an analytical, experienced-based approach to identify hidden crime at financial institutions. Our special agents have the authority to search, seize, and arrest.
SIGTARP primarily investigates crime at financial institutions that received TARP funds. We also investigate all TARP housing programs.
Once our special agents, investigative attorneys, analysts and forensic agents build a strong case against an individual or financial institution, we work 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.