Barofsky charged with tracking government's rescue funds

Neil Barofsky, who oversees the government's $700 billion bank-rescue fund, is authorized to carry a handgun and has subpoena power. The special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program has been using his broad authority to demand information and access, upsetting many in Washington and on Wall Street. Financial institutions that received taxpayer money are trying to discover just how cooperative they must be with Barofsky, sources said.

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