MacArthur Responds to Inspector General Report on Superstorm Sandy NFIP Claims and Calls on FEMA Administrator to Resign
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today responded to the Inspector General report on Superstorm Sandy National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims. The report was entitled by the Inspector General, "FEMA Does Not Provide Adequate Oversight of Its National Flood Insurance Write Your Own Program."
In March of 2015, CBS’s “60 Minutes”, interviewed a senior FEMA official who told viewers that thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims had been wrongfully denied insurance claims due to corrupt and fraudulent practices. Following the release of this interview, Congressman MacArthur called on FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate to resign and for the federal government to launch a formal investigation into these allegations. The report of that investigation was recently released and concluded that FEMA lacked the internal controls necessary to manage and mitigate NFIP’s funds, placing them at risk for fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement.
“Today’s findings come as no surprise,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Last year we witnessed severe incompetence and systemic failure. Now, almost a year after the fact, we know FEMA has failed to provide the appropriate oversight and controls necessary to assist the most vulnerable victims. I again call on Administrator Craig Fugate to resign and for a new Administrator to more actively manage this vital program and eliminate the layers of bureaucracy that plague FEMA and leave federal employees unaccountable for mismanagement of federal resources that are meant to help disaster victims. The people of New Jersey have been wronged and we must hold the appropriate parties accountable and prevent anything like this from happening in the future.”
The full report can be found here