Financial Markets and Community Investment

Our Work

The Financial Markets and Community Investment team supports Congress in two areas critical to the nation’s economic and social well-being. First, we help ensure that U.S. financial markets function smoothly and effectively, and we and work to identify ways to stem fraud and abuse that can endanger the financial security of businesses, households, and individuals. Second, we help promote sound, sustainable community investment by assessing the effectiveness of federal initiatives aimed at small businesses, state and local governments, and communities. A key theme of our work is balancing safety and soundness with the need to make capital available to individuals, businesses, and communities.

We help Congress improve the effectiveness of regulatory oversight in financial and housing markets and the management of community development programs, and we examine the effectiveness of specific programs and administrative functions. To do so, we evaluate programs at the following agencies:

    • Securities and Exchange Commission.
    • Federal Reserve.
    • Small Business Administration (SBA).
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).