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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.

SIGTARP protects the interests of the American people by working across jurisdictions to investigate all organizations and individuals involved in TARP programs. Our innovative intelligence-based approach identifies hidden crime proactively 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 preventing future fraud, waste and abuse. In fiscal year 2018, the federal government recovered $161 million as a result of SIGTARP's work, nearly five times our $34 million budget.

SIGTARP is a Law Enforcement Agency that Targets Financial Institution Crime

SIGTARP uses an innovative, intelligence-based approach to identify and investigate crime at financial institutions participating in TARP, including in the TARP foreclosure prevention programs.

Our special agents have the authority to search, seize, and arrest. When they and our investigators build a strong case against an individual or institution, SIGTARP then works with the Justice Department and other prosecutors to obtain convictions or a guilty plea.

SIGTARP is an Independent Audit Watching Protecting the Interests of Taxpayers

SIGTARP audits TARP programs to prevent fraud and abuse, identify wasteful spending, and drive improvements. Anticipating the need for long-term support, TARP foreclosure prevention programs extend into the next decade. SIGTARP acts as a watchdog to ensure these programs are effective and efficient at helping struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

When our team of forensic auditors and evaluators find a program may be at risk, they get to work reviewing documents, interviewing and analyzing. After an audit confirms waste, abuse, or fraud, SIGTARP looks for ways to recover taxpayer dollars and mitigate the risk 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.