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Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Farm Service Agency
OIG evaluated FSA's administration and oversight of WHIP, a USDA disaster assistance program.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs


Establish a policy whereby any deviations from established procedures are clearly documented and approved by appropriate levels of management.

Assess, confirm, and recover the previously issued improper WHIP payments of $4,268,395 to program participants.

Assess, confirm, and issue $96,003 in WHIP payments to producers that were determined to be underpaid.

Review supporting documentation for the questioned $3,703,484 in WHIP payments made based on conflicting certified information, and take appropriate action on any payments that are determined to be improper.

Strengthen program guidance and controls in the WHIP handbook to ensure that second-party reviews of payments are adequately and consistently performed and documented.