WASHINGTON — The Office of Thrift Supervision abruptly announced late Thursday that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had removed Scott Polakoff as the thrift agency's acting director, and appointed John Bowman, its deputy director and chief counsel, to assume that role.

The decision appeared to be linked to questionable backdating of capital at thrifts, but the OTS would not comment beyond a terse press release. A Treasury spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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