The litany of post-Sandy compensation problems seems endless. Did we learn nothing from the aftermath of Katrina?

A federal watchdog found more than 29,000 Sandy victims awarded $250 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency might have gotten duplicate private insurance payouts for the same losses, which is against federal law. Among the unsurprising things exposed here: Some people will cheat; some people legitimately don't know the law; and FEMA, by relying on victims' self-reporting, can't catch either.

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Also, it turns out FEMA is woefully behind in reviewing flood insurance claims thought to be underpaid because of such factors as faulty engineering reports. This despite the agency's explicit promise of a streamlined process when it started the work in May. Now, twice as many adjusters are working seven days a week to speed things up.

FEMA must learn from experience once and for all, so we stop following natural disasters with man-made ones.