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Important Notice: Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010

On December 18, 2015 President Obama signed into law a bill reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. This includes the reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”). The Special Master is reviewing the legislation to understand how it impacts claimants and the VCF’s operations. Click here for an important message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum.

Although the reauthorization specifies that new claims cannot be filed until the updated regulations governing the VCF are published, the online registration system is still available and claimants must still meet their applicable registration deadline. Click here for information on registration deadlines and options for submitting your registration.

The reauthorization will benefit individuals impacted by the events of 9/11 and we appreciate your patience as we move forward in implementing these important changes.


This website has been set up to support making the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) as fair, transparent, and easy to navigate as possible. On it, you will be able to do the following:

  • File a claim with the VCF;
  • Obtain a list of the kinds of documents and information that we will need in order to process your claim, so that you can begin collecting any necessary materials; and
  • Review newly updated Frequently Asked Questions.

To easily search the site based on a keyword, go to the page you want to search and type "Ctrl + F" on your computer. A search bar will open in your browser either at the top or bottom of the page. Enter the search word in the "Find" box and each instance of the word, if found on the page, will be highlighted. You can scroll down the page to see all of the highlighted entries or click on "Next" or "Previous" in the search bar.





  • Changes made to the online claims system to reflect the VCF reauthorization
  • Updates made to Reauthorization-related FAQs #7, #11a and #12a



  • Updated guidance posted regarding steps to take if a Personal Injury claimant passes away after filing the claim
  • Updates posted to Information for Law Firms page - notes from January 27, 2015 VCF conference call with law firms



  • Information posted regarding VCF Reauthorization:

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Sheila Birnbaum Sheila Birnbaum, a life-long New Yorker, has decades of experience resolving complicated litigation. She gained recognition for her work mediating a settlement of $500 million for 92 families of victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

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For information on the World Trade Center Health Program, click here to be directed to the program's website.

For information on tax treatment for VCF payments, see the IRS Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks.

The Special Master posts VCF program statistics on a regular basis. Click on a link below for more information.

  • Summary Statistics - posted quarterly
  • Weekly Detailed Statistics - provided in Microsoft Excel format and associated definitions. NOTE: Due to the reauthorization of the VCF, the weekly statistics report will not be updated until further notice. We appreciate your patience as we modify our systems to separately track Group A and Group B claims. The last report was posted on January 5, 2016.


The Special Master publishes an Annual Status Report describing the activities of the VCF, progress made to date, and key program statistics. Click here for more information.
Last Update: October 17, 2014


As directed by the regulations, the listing of claimants includes the names of those who have filed a death claim along with the deceased individual's name.

Notice: The Fund will closely monitor any fraudulent activity including the submission of fraudulent claims and unauthorized use of www.vcf.gov. The Fund will report fraudulent conduct to federal law enforcement agencies and violators may be subject to criminal, civil or administrative penalties. If you wish to report information concerning suspected fraud concerning The Fund, please contact the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, at the following address:


The security of all personally identifiable information is of paramount importance to everyone within the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. We implement various measures to protect the security and confidentiality of personally identifiable information. Such measures include access controls designed to limit access to personally identifiable information to the extent necessary to accomplish our mission. We also employ various security technologies to protect personally identifiable information stored on our systems. We test our security measures periodically to ensure that they remain operational.