From the Washington Post:
[Scott] Polakoff [acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision] acknowledged that his agency technically was charged with overseeing AIG and its troublesome Financial Products unit. AIG bought a savings and loan in 1999, and subsequently was able to select the OTS its primary regulator. But that left the small agency with the enormous job of overseeing a sprawling company that operated in 130 countries.
Is there another side to this story or is it really as simple as that?
Update: ProPublica had a good story on this back in November. Here’s one short excerpt:
Examiners mostly concurred with the company’s repeated assurances that any risk in the swaps portfolio was manageable. They went along in part because of AIG’s huge capital base . . . and because securities underlying the swaps had top credit ratings.