WASHINGTON — Banks have been able to access government capital injections even if they don't meet Treasury Department criteria or have outstanding enforcement actions from their regulator, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

An examination by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s inspector general found that banks facing a cease and desist order or with low safety and soundness ratings are not necessarily disqualified from the $250 billion Capital Purchase Program. Investigators instead found that regulators were willing to consider additional factors when reviewing applications for government aid, a fact the report said could cause problems for the program.

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