Q What is a supplemental measure?AAppendix C to Circular No. A-123, Requirements for Effective Estimation and Remediation of Improper Payments, requires agencies with high-priority programs to establish annual or semi-annual supplemental measures for reducing improper payments. Supplemental measures are “actions” for correcting the root causes of improper payments and focus on high risk areas within the high-priority programs.
Q Why is RMA required to report supplemental measures?AOMB classified the Federal Crop Insurance Program as a “high-priority” program when RMA exceeded OMB’s $750 million threshold in fiscal year (FY) 2014 with $973 million in improper payments. As a result, RMA is required to post supplemental measures for FY 2015 on PaymentAccuracy.gov, the improper payments website created under Executive Order 13520, Reducing Improper Payments.
Q What led to RMA selecting acreage data reconciliation as a supplemental measure?AAccording to OMB guidance, supplemental measures should focus on the main cause of improper payments in the program. Acreage discrepancies have historically been a significant source of improper payments and can result in overpaid or underpaid premiums, premium subsidy, indemnities, and AIP administrative and operating reimbursements. RMA understands that mismatches between RMA and FSA do not always mean that RMA acreage reporting is incorrect. However, by reviewing and correcting some of the large discrepancies, where differences in crop insurance data are not justified, RMA expects to reduce acreage reporting errors and future improper payments.
Q How were the policies for review selected?AUsing data mining techniques, RMA extracted a list of insureds with acreage discrepancies between the insured acres reported to RMA and the farmed acres reported to FSA in RY 2015 and identified approximately 19,000 insureds who reported differences greater than 100 acres. RMA selected a sample of the insureds from this list, limiting the sample size from 8 to 100 insureds for each AIP, depending on the size of the AIP. The list of insureds will be provided in Excel spreadsheet format through Hyper Dynamic Reporting Application (HyDRA) to the AIPs to review and determine whether the acreage reported for crop insurance purposes is correct and to report their results back to RMA.
Q What is RMA’s supplemental measure target rate and how will it be determined that the rate was met?A
As of RY 2014, there were 25,904 Eligible Crop Insurance Contracts* (ECIC) having a 100 acres or more acreage reporting discrepancy between what was reported to RMA and FSA. This means that 2.64% of approximately 980,000 ECICs nationwide had an acreage reporting discrepancy of over 100 acres. RMA’s supplemental measurement target is to reduce this percentage from 2.64% to 2.6% for RY 2015. This could equate to a reduction of approximately 400 ECICs with very large acreage discrepancies that are not justified or acceptable. RMA will run the report in June 2016 to determine whether the percentage of contracts with discrepancies greater than 100 acres have decreased.
*An ECIC represents all insured acres for an insured in a county by crop.
Q Why did RMA choose to review only acreage discrepancies greater than 100 acres?A
RMA pulled the acreage discrepancies between RMA and FSA for the 2012 - 2014 crop years and sorted them into categories which ranged from acreage discrepancies of 1 to 5 acres to 100 or more acres. A review of the 2012-2014 numbers for all categories revealed that the numbers remain consistent in all categories over the three-year period.
The over 100 acres category is being used for the supplemental measure because RMA believes it would have more financial impact to correct the largest discrepancies with errors. A review of past performance shows that in many cases it is the same insureds reporting the large discrepancies every year. By tackling the insureds with the largest discrepancies first, we hope to make a bigger impact to reducing the improper payment rate.
Q What is the AIP required to do?A
The AIPs will determine if a discrepancy exists for RY 2015 records because of an error in reporting for crop insurance purposes. Specifically, the AIPs will review the identified policies for RY 2015 and determine if the acreage reported for crop insurance is correct. If the review identifies an error, the AIP will correct the policy records for RY 2015. For reporting purposes for this review, AIPs do not need to report the financial impact of the discrepancy, only the amount of acres verified, the amount of acres in error (if applicable), the reason the RMA acreage was incorrect, and that necessary corrective actions were complete.
RMA NET ACRES
RMA SHORT NET ACRES
RMA PP NET ACRES
RMA Acreage adjusted amount
Did AIP correct the Acreage? (yes-no-n/a)
Error attributal to producer, adjustor, agent
Comments/ Reason RMA acreage had to be adjusted (see examples in FAQs Question # 7) -
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Examples of reasons acreage had to be adjusted:
Revised Acreage Report
The AIPs should upload their spreadsheet results (including AIP acreage reporting responses) to HyDRA so that RMA can determine the effectiveness of the supplemental measure and whether or not RMA met the supplemental measure target rate. Please forward the spreadsheet when the results for the entire sample have been completed.
Q What date should this be completed?AThe AIPs should report their sample results back to RMA no later than January 15, 2016.
Q Will this reporting be required to support the supplemental measure every year?ARMA will continue the supplemental measure as long as OMB considers the Federal Crop Insurance Program a high-priority program (refer to question #2). OMB may remove RMA from the high-priority program list if RMA consistently reduces the improper payment estimate below the OMB threshold.
Q Will there be findings issued on the reported acreage discrepancies?AThe goal of this effort is to reconcile discrepancies and reduce improper payments. The AIP will make any necessary corrections for RY 2015 and report to RMA that the corrections have been made and there is no longer a discrepancy. Findings will not be issued for policies identified for the supplemental measures when acreage discrepancies have been correctly identified and addressed by an AIP. This report is for purposes of RMA tracking the results of the supplemental measure and determining if RMA met its supplemental measure “target rate”.
Q What tolerances are allowed in these types of situations?AAll the acreage errors and their amounts must be reported to RMA on the spreadsheet as directed in question 7. However, tolerances allowed in the LAM for loss situations are also allowed for non-loss situations for making corrections to the policyholder records.
Q What revisions can and cannot be made after the end of insurance period?ASee 11-br 6(g) (1). Liability cannot be increased
Q Will the FSA data include the FSA administrative county in the sample?AYes
Q Are there prevented planting claims included in the sample?AYes
Q Could there be CAT polices in the sample?AYes