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October 25, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdog: Interest Rate Manipulation Puts Taxpayers at Risk



Financial Oversight U.S. taxpayers "continue to be at risk" from government bailout programs' reliance on a global interest rate called LIBOR, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) said in a report.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 12, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Watchdog Finds Recordkeeping in Disarray



Financial Oversight The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)—a federal regulator that polices recordkeeping on Wall Street, among other things—has failed to properly handle its own records, according to a recent audit by the agency's inspector general (IG).

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Topics: Financial Sector

September 11, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

IRS Awards Whistleblower $104 Million for Exposing Swiss Bank Tax Dodge



Bradley Birkenfeld The Internal Revenue Service has awarded $104 million to Bradley Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who blew the whistle on the Swiss bank’s efforts to help Americans evade taxes.

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Topics: Financial Sector

July 17, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Fannie, Freddie, and Mortgage Regulator Balked at Oversight, Watchdog Says



Fannie Mae A federal inspector general says even as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were receiving billions of dollars from the government to continue playing a central role in the nation's crippled housing market, the mortgage companies and their regulator were balking a

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Topics: Financial Sector

June 27, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

POGO Applauds Bureau's New Credit Card Complaint Database-Boon for Consumers



Suzie 2 Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a brand new credit card complaint database, providing the public with important, new information on which banks have generated criticism from consumers. Making these complaints available o

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Topics: Financial Sector, Open Government

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