Today, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, requested that Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General of the Troubled Assets Relief Program, review the methodology of the General Motors (GM) and Chrysler decisions to terminate more than 2,000 dealership franchises across the country. In particular, based on "substantial confusion, even among dealers themselves," as to which dealerships were selected for termination, following a June 3 Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the matter, Senator Rockefeller has requested the investigation to analyze (i) GM and Chrysler's criteria used for selection of dealerships; (ii) how the criteria was applied; and (iii) what cost savings, if any, will result from the closures.

Senator Rockefeller stressed that "the American people deserve to understand what led to these decisions," given the effect the dealership closures will have on dealers, employees, consumers, and communities in different parts of the country, particularly in light of the fact that that both companies have received billions in taxpayer supported funding.