The Treasury Department is quietly engaged in another bailout of the banks, but this time, it’s America’s small banks that are the lucky ones, according to The New York Times' DealBook.

The federal government still holds investments in hundreds of small banks via the Troubled Asset Relief Program — the government's bailout program stemming from the 2008 financial crisis.

The Treasury Department is trying to sell off its holdings of preferred stock of the remaining smaller banks to wind down TARP but it isn't getting great bids on some of the bank paper, even on the shares of banks with strong profits and strong capital, DealBook reports.

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