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Significant Correspondence

01/26/05 - Senators Sarbanes and Mikulski call for expanded Senate FEMA probe to investigate alleged fraud and abuse within the NFIP.

Responding to continuing cry's for help from their constituents left shortchanged by the NFIP and its insurance partners more than 16 months after Hurricane Isabel, Senators Sarbanes, D-MD and Mikulski,D-MD called upon the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to expand its current investigation into FEMA.

Click here to view the constituents' December request.

Click here to view the constituents' January Request.

Click here to view the Senators' request for an expanded investigation.

Simultaneously Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, R-VA, called upon President Bush to assist with the an issue "potentially effecting millions of Americans, anyone with property insurance". Davis wrote to the President after learning an investigation by retired fraud detection and pattern recognition expert, Mr. Steven Kanstoroom, found insurance companies refusing to fairly pay flood claims for fear of setting a precedent on their non-flood property claims.

Click here to view Congresswoman Davis' letter to President Bush.

Earlier this month the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Susan Collins and Ranking Member Lieberman announced they would investigate alleged fraud and abuse of FEMA's aid programs.

Senator Nelson, D-FL, had called for the investigation after learning millions of dollars in aid were apparently paid to areas unscathed by recent storms.

Days later FEMA produced NOAA maps indicating hurricane force winds did ravage the contested areas. Next,the Sun-Sentinel reported NOAA's position, "It looks like some of [NOAA's] data might have been misrepresented." NOAA said it didn't make the wind map FEMA released, citing NOAA as its source, in an effort to show how bad things were according to the Sun-Sentinel.

In October Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes called for a DOJ investigation of FEMA's NFIP after receiving documents from victims and a law enforcement officer regarding an alleged cover up by the DHS Inspector General's office of wrongdoing within its agency and FEMA. Click here to view the October request to Attorney General Ashcroft.

The Senators also called upon Secretary Tom Ridge to personally intervene. Click here to view the October documents.

In December 2004, Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin lost his job. He gave several interviews regarding the circumstances of his departure to CNN's Paula Zahn and USA Today.

Attachments to the original DOJ requests follow.

Click here to view 10/05/04 witnesses letter to Members of Congress.

Click here to view affidavit from law enforcement officer.

 


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