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FEMA Insurance Reviews of Applicants Receiving Public Assistance Grant Funds for 2004 and 2005 Florida Hurricanes Were Not Adequate

Executive Summary

We received two Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline complaints about insurance reviews of Florida disaster assistance applicants. In addition, three OIG audits of Florida grant recipients raised similar concerns. The quality of FEMA’s insurance reviews in Florida was not adequate to maximize insurance available under applicants’ policies and to ensure that duplication of benefits did not occur. FEMA’s Florida Recovery Office knew about these deficiencies in its insurance review process but did not correct them. As a result, FEMA may have funded up to $177 million that insurance should have covered.

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