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PIA Members Attend Crop Meeting on Preventing Fraud in Crop Insurance

Two PIA members attended a meeting called to discuss the development of a campaign to combat crop insurance program vulnerability associated with fraud, waste and...
October 25, 2005

Two PIA members attended a meeting called to discuss the development of a campaign to combat crop insurance program vulnerability associated with fraud, waste and abuse. The October 19 meeting in Kansas City, Missouri was sponsored by the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) October 19 in Kansas City, Missouri, which was called to discuss the development of a campaign to combat crop insurance program vulnerability associated with fraud, waste and abuse. 

Jo Erin Peterson of Elliott Insurance Group, Louisburg, Kansas and Don Peterson of Santa Fe Agricultural Services, Hiawatha, Kansas attended last week's meeting on behalf of PIA National.
 
Representatives from RMA including Deputy Administrator for Compliance Michael Hand, Strategic Data Acquisition and Analysis Director Garland Westmoreland and other RMA representatives presented findings from their data mining efforts and led discussion of strategies for combating crop insurance program vulnerability and abuse.  The data mining efforts concluded that of the 1.2 million crop insurance policies, less than 5% are suspected to be fraudulent.  This is a positive reinforcement of PIA's argument that crop insurance agents uphold the rules and regulations of the crop insurance program and believes, as does RMA, that fraudulent activities are unacceptable.  

During the meeting the updated Manager's Bulletin regarding Conflict of Interest Guidelines was discussed.  The latest bulletin loosens some of the initial restrictions on agents in the loss adjustment process.  To view the recent RMA Manager's Bulletin, click here.

USDA/RMA Manager's Bulletin (10/19/05)

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