MacArthur to Fugate: Okay, really, get out
This week's federal findings of insuffcient management of the National Flood Insurance Write Your Own program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prompts shore Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) to renew his call for FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate's resignation.
MacArthur remarked that he wasn't surprised by the Inspector General's findings. “Last year we witnessed severe incompetence and systemic failure. Now, almost a year after the fact, we know FEMA has failed to provide the appropriate oversight and controls necessary to assist the most vulnerable victims," MacArthur said.
He admonished that decisive, immediate steps are needed to pinpoint accountability and prevent any recurrence.
"I again call on Administrator Craig Fugate to resign and for a new Administrator to more actively manage this vital program and eliminate the layers of bureaucracy that plague FEMA and leave federal employees unaccountable for mismanagement of federal resources that are meant to help disaster victims."
The first rumblings related to FEMA's Superstorm Sandy oversight emerged in a 2015 CBS "60 Minutes" interview with a senior agency official, who alleged corruption and fraud that led to countless wrongful denials of insurance claims.
The IG report substantiates his comments, concluding that FEMA inadequately managed NFIP funds, leaving the revenue exposed to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.