1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop 0801
Washington, DC  20250-0801


March 16, 2017


All Approved Insurance Providers
All Risk Management Agency Field Offices
All Other Interested Parties


Robert Ibarra Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services /s/ Delores Dean, for    3/16/2017


Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released the 2018 Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) and Appendices I, II, and IV, and the 2018 Livestock Price Reinsurance Agreement (LPRA) and Appendices I, II, and IV, which become effective July 1, 2017. The documents are located on the RMA website at: Reinsurance Agreements. The draft Appendix III that provides standards, procedure and instructions for reporting data to RMA will be issued by May 2017.

The SRA Appendix IV Section III (b)(3), Operational Reviews, was revised to read:

“These reviews are intended to ensure that the Company’s internal controls are in place, operational, and provide reasonable assurance that the liability and indemnities are properly established in accordance with FCIC procedures. At its sole discretion, FCIC may elect to require the Company to perform a Data Mining Review in lieu of any Operational Review if FCIC determines the intent of the Operational Review may be more efficiently achieved through data mining. FCIC will consult with AIPs on any Data Mining criteria/results that may be used in lieu of existing Operational Review criteria in accordance with the consultative framework established in subsection (b)(1) above. If FCIC elects to require AIPS to perform a Data Mining Review in lieu of an Operational Review. FCIC will issue a Manager’s Bulletin or other memorandum specifying the new criteria and procedures”.

Otherwise, the SRA, LPRA, and Appendices I, II, and IV for the 2018 reinsurance year have not changed from the prior year. Companies wishing to participate during the 2018 reinsurance year must submit a signed copy of the applicable agreement and the Plan of Operation exhibits, to RMA by April 3, 2017. Send all 2018 SRA and 2018 LPRA documentation to your assigned account executive or:

VIA email to:
VIA overnight mail to: David Miller, Director
Reinsurance Services Division, RMA
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 6741
Washington, DC 20250-0801

Please direct any questions to David Miller at 202-720-9830.

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