The U.S. pay czar plans to examine executive compensation at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and 417 other firms that took government bailout funds to determine if any bonuses, salary or other compensation paid during a short window should be returned, according to government officials.

Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury Department's special master for compensation, planned to send a letter Tuesday to 419 firms that received Troubled Asset Relief Program funds seeking data on compensation paid to the top 25 executives. The pay review will cover a relatively short period, but will capture the 2008 end-of-year bonus season at most large firms.

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