The incumbent of this position serves as the Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Agency. The primary purpose for this position is to manage a $1.9 billion crop insurance program; provide policy making recommendations to the Administrator that impact the often conflicting needs of farm industry, agents, the Corporation, Congress and the Administration.
Under broad delegated authority, provides leadership and guidance and is responsible for the planning, development, and management of significant aspects of the crop insurance and reinsurance program including:
• Oversees the development and implementation of national policy, plans, and objectives for the crop insurance program. This planning is complicated by the changing agricultural scene and the variety of situations encountered which call for sharp analysis, thoughtful evaluation, and innovative thinking. Serves as an expert advisor to the Administrator on all program matters, including design, development, and implementation. Assess issues to make recommendation to the Administrator for legislative or regulatory changes.
• Directs all actions involved in organizing, implementing, and administering the reinsurance agreements, sales and service delivery, program education, claims, and underwriting programs.
• Provides oversight on actions involved in managing program delivery, completing assigned projects, redirecting work, establishing priorities, and changing program emphasis as deemed necessary. Explains crop insurance and reinsurance program policies to private sector companies, division directors, branch chiefs, and section heads, and monitors the review and accomplishment of all projects and initiatives pertaining to the program.
• Accomplishes or directs the actions involved in determining the effect on the national crop insurance program of proposed or enacted Federal or State legislation insurance and reinsurance programs, new or proposed program requirements, emergency situations, or court decisions. Coordinates these within the Risk Management Agency and with USDA and other Federal or non-Federal officials as required.
• Directs the day-to-day operations of the program delivery, such as implementing agreements and contracts with commercial insurance carriers; planning efforts to process claims and handle loss adjustments; and overseeing underwriting policy and review. Implements changes in the systems that result from controversy that arises; always in keeping with the scope and intent of statute.