On January 30, 2009, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released its second report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

The report indicates that “thousands of applications are under review.”  As of January 16, 2009, the Treasury was in the process of reviewing approval recommendations from fewer than 150 financial institutions; however, the bank regulators reported that they are reviewing applications “from more than 2,000 institutions that have not yet been forwarded to Treasury.”  Furthermore, there is a backlog of closings due to the need for some institutions to require shareholder approval and/or to finalize closing documents.

The report follows up on the nine recommendations from its prior report, finding that Treasury has yet to fully address eight of the recommendations, and includes further recommendations on how to monitor TARP funds and more clearly articulate and communicate a strategic vision for the program.

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