Herb Allison, the head of the government's $700 billion financial bailout program, said Wednesday morning that he is leaving the Treasury Department at month's end.

In a letter to his colleagues in U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Stability, Allison said that the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has proven to be remarkably successful in achieving its goal of stabilizing the nation's financial system and laying the groundwork for an economic recovery.

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