The Final Report of the Congressional Oversight Panel
The Congressional Oversight Panel's 30th and final oversight report describes the financial crisis, summarizes and updates the Panel's prior oversight reports, and evaluates federal financial stabilization initiatives.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that, when the TARP was created in late 2008, the nation was on course for "a cataclysm that could have rivaled or surpassed the Great Depression." It is now clear that, although America has endured a wrenching recession, it has not experienced a second Great Depression. The TARP does not deserve full credit for this outcome, but it provided critical support to markets at a moment of profound uncertainty. Even so, the program leaves behind a troublesome legacy: continuing distortions in the market, public anger toward policymakers, and a lack of full transparency and accountability.
By statute, the Panel will terminate on April 3, 2011.