FEMA’s failure to recover $300k of food & shelter overpayments
for longer than 6 months
Government agencies are required to generate a report each quarter listing high-value overpayments and the actions being taken to recover those funds. The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security published its list for Quarter 2 of Fiscal Year 2012 last Tuesday (May 29, 2012). A fuller explanation and the report itself is attached..Meanwhile, the highlights:
Overpayments discovered between 1/1/2012 – 3/31/2012:
Overpaid Recovered Outstanding balance
$452,652.74 $391,305.71 $61,347.03
Previously reported overpayments which remain uncollected as of 3/31/2012:
Overpaid Recovered since the last report Outstanding balance
$1,350,710.29 $7,007.14 $1,343,703.15
*Collection is NOT underway respecting $362,484.63 of the above because FEMA is unclear about the legality of recovering improperly issued Emergency Food & Shelter funds.*
Uncollected overpayments referred to Treasury for tax garnishment:
- $19,239.54 paid by FEMA to an INDIVIDUAL in Seabrook, TX for “Individuals & Households Payments.” DHS-IG first reported the improper payment on November 11, 2008.
- $38,563.00 paid by the U.S. Coast Guard to a Miami, FL entity for a product or service. DHS-IG first reported the overpayment on September 25, 2010.