The Office for the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (Sigtarp) has appointed Christy Romero as special inspector general. This follows her nomination for the position by President Barack Obama on February 1, and her confirmation by the US Senate on March 29.
Romero will be responsible for leading Sigtarp's investigations of fraud, waste and abuse in conjunction with the Troubled Asset Relief Program (Tarp). She was previously deputy special inspector general from February 2011, and chief of staff from 2009 to 2011. She also served as acting deputy special inspector general between July 2010 and September 2010, and as acting special inspector general from March 2011 to October 2011.
Romero began her career as a litigator specialising in financial restructuring. From 2003 to 2007, she worked as an attorney in the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) division of enforcement, where she investigated financial fraud and insider trading. From December 2007 until she joined Sigtarp in 2009, she served as counsel to SEC chairman Mary Schapiro.