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Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program – Puerto Rico

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Farm Service Agency
We evaluated Farm Service Agency's (FSA) administration and oversight of the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) in Puerto Rico.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Strengthen controls over the development and approval of tree, bush, and vine prices, and expand current review to include verification of the sufficiency and accuracy of supporting information.

Establish a policy that, when using information or data from any outside entity, FSA will conduct an accuracy and applicability review with the outside entity to ensure that the information or data provided is being used in accordance with its intended purpose and with FSA regulations and policies.

Conduct specific training that demonstrates how FSA should request and receive approval for practices that deviate from established policies and procedures.

Based on established guidance, assess the actual production value for all questioned insured production losses totaling $15,681,325 identified by OIG. Recover any disallowed costs from the producers and issue payments to the producers for any underpayments

When designing future disaster relief programs, ensure that handbook procedures include a requirement that a State- or national-level employee must review or approve program documents, including applications, related to current State committee members.