The Obama Administration is vigorously defending its mortgage bailout programs, from the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to the FHA Short Refi.
They've taken to the blogosphere, the reporter conference call and to a hearing room in the House of Representatives, where Republicans are bent on scrapping it all.
Interestingly, the Administration also released the "Monthly Scorecard" for the programs today. The HAMP in particular offered some pretty lackluster results. While totals continue to rise, the number of trial and permanent modifications made in January were fewer than the number made in December. New volume has been falling steadily.
Neil Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the TARP, opened today's hearing with strong criticism of the Treasury's transparency, or lack thereof, in reporting the number of borrowers who can be helped. He called it "disturbing," "shameful," and "inexplicable."