Steve Linick, inspector general for the Federal Housing Financing Agency, has taken a tough approach, winning praise from lawmakers. This week, Mr. Linick is poised to brief Congress on his office's efforts, which include 48 active investigations. However, Mr. Linick and his office have been criticized for not only overseeing the FHFA, but also expanding their purview to include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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