A top FEMA official has committed to cleaning up the embattled National Flood Insurance Program by banning any insurance company or engineering firm shown to have acted in bad faith, or to have committed fraud, against Hurricane Sandy victims. The official, Brad Kieserman, said the agency will also establish a process to review cases of claims that were lowballed or fraudulently denied.  

The measures were announced Wednesday night by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, one of four senators who earlier this week requested Congressional oversight hearings into mismanagement and potential criminal activity within the federal flood insurance program. FEMA oversees the primary source of flood insurance protection for homeowners, and contracts with private insurance carriers to help serve 5.3 million policyholders.

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