Neil Barofsky, SIGTARP

Friday - 5/21/2010, 3:38pm EDT

Neil Barofsky, Causey Award winner, SIGTARP

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Neil Barofsky (right) accepts his Causey Award from the one-and-only Mike Causey.

NAME: Neil Barofsky

TITLE: Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

NOMINATION:
Neil built the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Protection Program from two people to 100 people in one year. It would be easy to say that his staff did this, but in the beginning, he had no staff except himself and his Deputy. It's similar to going from zero to sixty under four seconds -- your head snaps back and the acceleration pushes your body into the seat. Imagine doubling your staff every two months and still getting out a quarterly report to Congress on a regular basis. Providing oversight for the TARP is a big job -- $700 billion big! To accomplish this task in a city of politics and patronage is no small task. This is Neil's strength. He really is looking out for the American taxpayer and not the politicians or the banks. (Read the full nomination.)

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Great leadership"…"Impressive"…"Dedicated"…"Way beyond ‘above and beyond'"…"Huge accomplishment in a short amount of time...."

See the complete list of Causey Award winners by clicking here.

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