General Program Information
On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-347) (Zadroga Act). Title II of the Zadroga Act reactivates the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 that operated from 2001-2004 and requires a Special Master, appointed by the Attorney General, to provide compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.
On May 18, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Sheila L. Birnbaum will head the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund program. On August 31, 2011, the Special Master published the Final Rule for the operation of the VCF in the Federal Register.
Title I of the Zadroga Act created the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), which is operated by NIOSH. For more information on the WTCHP, please click here. For information on the differences between the VCF and the WTCHP, see FAQ 1.6.