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DHS Inspector General

In March 2003, FEMA joined with other federal agencies, programs and offices in becoming the Department of Homeland Security.

Included within DHS is an Inspector General’s office. The IG’s mission statement reads as follows:

To serve as an independent and objective inspection, audit, and investigative body to promote effectiveness, efficiency, and economy in the Department of Homeland Security's programs and operations, and to prevent and detect fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste in such programs and operations.

The DHS IG first started looking into Hurricane Isabel claims related problems in mid February.

US Senator Barbara Mikulski requested an investigation on April 8, 2004.

The Baltimore Sun first reported the story on July 15, 2004. The headlines read:

Federal auditors scrutinize Isabel claims;Inspector general probes insurance disputes; 'Potential violations of ... law'; Victims charge that NFIP mishandled settlements

In early August 2004 we learned from Congressional Testimony the Insurance Industry lawyer Gerald J. Neilsen had trained adjusters that were being investigated as well as IG Agents working for the same group conducting the investigation.

As of early September, the investigation is ongoing.


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