We prepared this special report to address challenges FEMA, Texas, Florida, U.S. territories in the Caribbean, and California may face managing insurance under the Public Assistance program in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the October 2017 California wildfires. This report describes lessons learned from findings and recommendations contained in our DHS OIG grant audit reports issued from fiscal years 2013–2017. During fiscal years 2013–2017, we issued 37 Disaster Assistance grant audit reports that disclosed challenges with FEMA’s Public Assistance insurance process. The major recurring challenges we identified included (1) Duplicate benefits in which subrecipients claimed FEMA reimbursement for costs that were covered by insurance; (2) Insufficient insurance in which subrecipients did not obtain and maintain sufficient insurance coverage required as a condition for receiving Federal disaster assistance; and (3) Misapplied or misallocated insurance proceeds in which subrecipients received insurance proceeds, and misapplied or did not allocate those proceeds to FEMA projects.
- Executive SummaryReport NumberOIG-18-12Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaKeywordsFiscal Year2018
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We determined that FEMA is unable to assess flood hazard miles to meet its program goal and is not ensuring mapping partner quality reviews are completed in accordance with applicable guidance. FEMA needs to improve its management and oversight of flood mapping projects to achieve or reassess its program goals and ensure the production of accurate and timely flood maps. We made four recommendations that would help FEMA strengthen its management and oversight of flood mapping projects to achieve program goals. FEMA concurred with all four recommendations.Report NumberOIG-17-110Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2017
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We determined that FEMA did not implement our recommendations and suspended improvements on existing information technology systems. We recommended that FEMA include an enterprise solution in its Grants Management Modernization platform for tracking applicant compliance with the Public Assistance Program insurance requirements that are a condition of receiving a disaster assistance grant.Report NumberOIG-17-50-VRIssue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2017