WASHINGTON Feb 11 The Treasury Department on
Monday said the overall cost of its 2008 financial-rescue effort
was reduced to $55.48 billion from $59.68 billion, as it has
recouped a majority of the costs of programs that unlocked tight
The latest tally means that about 93 percent of the $418
billion in funds already disbursed to date from the $700 billion
Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, have been recovered.
TARP helped revive consumer lending and rescued auto makers.
The latest downward revision on TARP's cost was due in part to
money it recouped from stock sales of the remaining shares of
General Motors it owned.
In its estimate, the Treasury projects that the auto
industry bailout cost was reduced by $4 billion, or 16 percent,
to $20.3 billion from a previously projected $24.3 billion.