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FEMA Does Not Provide Adequate Oversight of Its National Flood Insurance Write Your Own Program

Executive Summary

FEMA does not provide adequate oversight of the WYO program under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Specifically, FEMA is not using the results from its Financial Control Plan reviews to make program improvements; is not performing adequate oversight of the Special Allocated Loss Adjustment Expense reimbursement process; and does not have adequate internal controls to provide proper oversight of the appeals process. These conditions exist because FEMA does not have adequate guidance, resources, or internal controls. As a result of this inadequate oversight, FEMA is unable to ensure that WYO companies are properly implementing the NFIP and is unable to identify systemic problems in the program. Furthermore, without adequate internal controls in place, FEMA’s NFIP funds may be at risk for fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement.

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