U.S. officials press Feinberg to ease AIG curbs: report

Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:11am EST

Kenneth Feinberg, special master for executive compensation under the Troubled Asset Relief Program at the Treasury Department, speaks at the Reuters Global Finance Summit in New York, November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Kenneth Feinberg, special master for executive compensation under the Troubled Asset Relief Program at the Treasury Department, speaks at the Reuters Global Finance Summit in New York, November 16, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama administration's pay czar, is being pressed by federal officials to relax executive compensation restrictions at American International Group Inc (AIG.N) for 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The officials believe very severe curbs could harm the insurer and eventually the taxpayers, according to the paper.

AIG, which has received up to $180 billion of federal aid, including more than $80 billion in loans, is 80 percent-owned by U.S. taxpayers.

Last month, Feinberg slashed compensation for top earners at seven bailed-out companies including AIG for the final two months of the year.

(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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