Privacy Policy

If you visit the SIGTARP.Gov Web site to read or download information, we collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet; the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site. We will not obtain personally identifiable information about you when you visit our site unless you voluntarily choose to provide such information to us by e-mail, by completing a comment form, or other on-line form. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) does not give, sell or transfer personal information to third parties unless required by law, such as the Freedom of Information Act.

For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. Computer software programs are used to create summary statistics about visits to SIGTARP Web sites which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. In order to gather statistical information and to administer a customer satisfaction survey, the Web site utilizes session cookies which are used only for the duration of a session. No information subject to the Privacy Act, such as name and address, is collected or used for this analysis. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration Guidance.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Generally, individuals are strongly discouraged from sending any personal information, like a social security number, to the SIGTARP Web master or any SIGTARP e-mail address. It may be necessary in certain cases to collect personally identifiable information (name, E-mail address, social security number, or other unique identifier), but only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. Personally identifiable information you provide will be used only for such other purposes as are described at the point of collection.

A discussion of rights under the Privacy Act is available at the Federal Consumer Information Center

Notice of Monitoring

You are entering an official United States Government system which may be used only for authorized purposes. The U.S. Government may monitor and audit usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on these Web sites are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. §§1001 and 1030.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program does not endorse any commercial product, service, process, or enterprise. Links to other Web sites and references to any commercial product or enterprise are provided solely for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program assumes no responsibility for the content or operation of other Web sites.

External Links and Social Media

This website includes links to federal and non-federal external sites. Non-federal websites do not necessarily operate under the same laws, regulations, and policies as federal websites. If you click a link to an outside website, such as Twitter, or another external site, you will leave the site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

  1. SIGTARP's Purpose in Using Social Media - SIGTARP uses 3rd party social media sites such as Twitter as additional means of reaching the public and directing people to, which is the official website of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

  2. SIGTARP does not use, maintain, or share Personally Identifiable Information (PII) made available through social media/3rd party sites. You can access information published to these sites from the sites’ navigation icons without having an account with or subscribing to these 3rd party services. If you access one of these sites without an account, no Personally Identifiable Information is exposed to SIGTARP. If you subscribe to one of these services and your account name, on-line profile, or comments you make happens to reveal personally identifiable information, we will not use, maintain, or share that information outside the agency, except in the case of emergency or criminality.

  3. Please Review the Privacy Policies of these Social Media/3rd Party Sites. You should familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of any social media site or 3rd party site you use. Some of these sites may use persistent cookies in order to improve the service they provide to their users. Instructions to opt out of receiving cookies are available at, the official portal of the U.S. Government. If you actually subscribe to these services, you may be revealing personally identifiable information to a 3rd party, non-government entity. Since our social media content is available to the general public, if you make a comment on a social media site, any information in your comment, as well as your profile name and any other public profile information, will be available to the general public to see. Privacy Policies: Twitter

  4. Mitigating Other Privacy Risks - Only authorized SIGTARP employees tasked with administering SIGTARP social media accounts will have access to those accounts.

Disclaimer of Liability

The United States Government (including the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program) makes no warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process described or depicted on this Web site and does not represent that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.

Copyright Status

No copyright may be claimed for any work on this Web site that was created or maintained by Federal employees in the course of their duties. Images and text appearing on this Web site may be freely copied. Credit is requested. If copyrighted material appears on the site, or is reached through a link on this site, the copyright holder must be consulted before the material may be reproduced.

Official Seal, Names and Symbols

Federal law prohibits use of any symbol, emblem, seal, insignia or badge of any entity of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program or any colorable imitation of such words, initials, symbols, emblems, or seals in connection with any advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product where such use could reasonably be interpreted as conveying the false impression that such advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product is in any manner approved, endorsed, sponsored, or authorized by, or associated with, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. See 18 U.S.C. § 701, 31 U.S.C. § 333 and 31 C.F.R. Part 37.

Please see Site Policies & Notices for additional notices related to the web site.