Financial Audit:

Office of Financial Stability (Troubled Asset Relief Program) FY 2019 and FY 2018 Financial Statements

GAO-20-160R: Published: Nov 8, 2019. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2019.

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The Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program was originally authorized to spend $700 billion to help prevent the U.S. financial system’s collapse in 2008. As of September 30, 2019, TARP spent $442.2 billion, and after recoveries the estimated lifetime cost of TARP programs will be $32.4 billion.

We audit TARP’s financial statements each year and issue an opinion on them, as well as on the effectiveness of its internal controls (e.g., ability to ensure that transactions are properly authorized and recorded). In 2019, we found the statements were reliable and that controls over financial reporting were effective.

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A photo of the U.S. Capitol with cash in the background

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Cheryl E. Clark
(202) 512-3406
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What GAO Found

GAO found (1) the Office of Financial Stability’s (OFS) financial statements for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2019, and 2018, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) OFS maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting for TARP as of September 30, 2019; and (3) no reportable noncompliance for fiscal year 2019 with provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements GAO tested. In commenting on a draft of this report, OFS stated that it is proud to receive an unmodified opinion on its financial statements and its internal control over financial reporting. OFS also stated that it is committed to maintaining the high standards and transparency reflected in these audit results.

Why GAO Did This Study

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) that authorized TARP on October 3, 2008, includes a provision for TARP, which is implemented by OFS, to annually prepare and submit to Congress and the public audited fiscal year financial statements that are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. EESA further states that GAO shall audit TARP’s financial statements

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