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Financial Audit: Office of Financial Stability (Troubled Asset Relief Program) Fiscal Years 2010 and 2009 Financial Statements
GAO-11-174: Published: Nov 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2010.
On October 3, 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) was signed into law. EESA authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to implement the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and established the Office of Financial Stability (OFS) within the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to do so. EESA requires the annual preparation of financial statements for TARP, and further requi...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Action Needed to Improve Rating Agency Registration Program and Performance-Related Disclosures
GAO-10-782: Published: Sep 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2010.
In 2006, Congress passed the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act (Act), which intended to improve credit ratings by fostering accountability, transparency, and competition. The Act established Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight over Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSRO), which are credit rating agencies that are registered with SEC. The Act requires GAO to revi...
Financial Assistance: Ongoing Challenges and Guiding Principles Related to Government Assistance For Private Sector Companies
GAO-10-719: Published: Aug 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2010.
The recent financial crisis resulted in a wide-ranging federal response that included providing extraordinary assistance to several major corporations. As a result of actions under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and others, the government was a shareholder in the American International Group Inc. (AIG); Bank of America; Citigroup, Inc. (Citigroup); Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler); General...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Continued Attention Needed to Ensure the Transparency and Accountability of Ongoing Programs
GAO-10-933T: Published: Jul 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
This testimony discusses our work on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which Congress established on October 3, 2008 in response to the financial crisis that threatened the stability of the U.S. financial system and the solvency of many financial institutions. Under the original TARP legislation, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had the authority to purchase or insure $700 billion...
Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Plans Face Valuation and Other Challenges When Investing in Hedge Funds and Private Equity
GAO-10-915T: Published: Jul 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2010.
Millions of Americans rely on private or public defined benefit pension plans, which promise to pay retirement benefits that are generally based on an employee's salary and years of service. Plan sponsors are increasingly investing in "alternative" assets such as hedge funds and private equity. This has raised concerns, given that these two types of investments have qualified for exemptions from s...
Management Report: Improvements Are Needed in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program
GAO-10-743R: Published: Jun 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2010.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) requires that we annually audit the financial statements of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) which is implemented by the Office of Financial Stability (OFS). On December 9, 2009, we issued our audit report including (1) an unqualified opinion on OFS's financial statements for TARP as of and for the period ended September 30, 2009, and...
Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2009 and 2008 Financial Statements
GAO-10-705: Published: Jun 25, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2010.
Created in 1933 to insure bank deposits and promote sound banking practices, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) plays an important role in maintaining public confidence in the nation's financial system. FDIC administers the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF), which protects bank and savings deposits, and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) Resolution Fund (FRF), whic...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Information on Fair Fund Collections and Distributions
GAO-10-448R: Published: Apr 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2010.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) primary mission is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of securities markets. As a part of its responsibility to protect investors, SEC seeks to ensure that individuals who violate federal securities laws and regulations take responsibility for their misdeeds. Specifically, when individuals or firms are found to have violated securities la...
Federal Reserve Banks: Areas for Improvement in Information Security Controls
GAO-10-640R: Published: Apr 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2010.
In connection with fulfilling our requirement to audit the financial statements of the U.S. government, we audited and reported on the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2009 and 2008. As part of these audits, we performed a review of the general and application information security controls over key financial systems m...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-10-443R: Published: Mar 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2010.
On November 16, 2009, we issued our opinion on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) fiscal years 2009 and 2008 financial statements. We also issued our opinion on the effectiveness of SEC's internal controls over financial reporting as of September 30, 2009, and our evaluation of SEC's compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations during fiscal year 2009. The purpose o...