This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report provides information on an inspection of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Fraud Prevention and Investigation Branch. From the report: "As part of our inspection in assessing FEMA's progress in preventing fraud and improper payments, we learned that FEMA has identified approximately 160,000 applicants that received improper disaster assistance payments totaling approximately $643 million through the Individuals and Households Program commencing with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We also learned that since June 2007, FEMA has not attempted to recoup these improper payments or those from any subsequent disaster. These payments remain uncollected because your office has not given final approval of a new recoupment process. Given the volume and significance of these improper disaster assistance payments and the Administration's current effort to cut the billions of dollars wasted each year in improper payments, we recommend that you promptly authorize the collection of this debt."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-11-21
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