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Messages from the Special Master

Message from the Special Master – Rupa Bhattacharyya Farewell

April 29, 2022

Dear Friends,

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Message from the Incoming Special Master - August Flentje named Special Master for an interim period

April 29, 2022

It is an honor to step into the role of Special Master on an interim basis while the process to identify Rupa Bhattacharyya’s permanent successor is identified.  I have been a career civil service attorney with the Department of Justice since 1998, and have managed several Civil Division components for temporary periods, including the branch that has responsibility over the operations of the VCF.  In that capacity, I’ve worked with Rupa to help address issues that arise in the management of the VCF and am familiar with its functions and operation.  I look forward to working with the VCF aga

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Message from the Special Master – Kimberly (Kim) C. Brown Joins the VCF as the Director of Operations

February 24, 2022

Kimberly (Kim) C. Brown has joined the VCF as the Director of Operations. In this new position, Kim will focus on overseeing the VCF’s day-to-day operations in areas such as the Helpline and the processing of hard copy mail, identifying opportunities for innovation as the VCF continues to move into its long-term status stemming from the passage of the VCF Permanent Authorization Act.

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Message from the Special Master - Tenth Annual Status Report

February 9, 2022

The VCF successfully navigated another highly productive year in 2021, in a year that saw not one but two significant anniversaries: the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Zadroga Act, which created in the VCF, in January, and then the solemn reminder months later that twenty years have passed since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Message from the Special Master on the 19th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2020
Dear Friends: This year, as we commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we do so with even heavier hearts as we see the added struggle of those with 9/11-related health conditions, and the particularly severe impact of COVID-19 in New York. We realize that in the months ahead, we are likely to see claims on behalf of those who have a 9/11-related condition and have suffered or died as a result of COVID-19. I want to take this opportunity to assure the 9/11 community that, as with all claims, we will review each case on its own facts in view of the laws governing the VCF. We have posted to our website a specific FAQ that explains how the VCF will evaluate claims where COVID-19 may have been a factor in an individual’s death, and we will be updating this information as needed.
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Special Master’s Message—Clarification on VCF Registration and Claim Filing Deadlines

August 6, 2020

Dear Friends:  I wanted to reach out directly and clarify some confusion that has arisen in recent days about September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) deadlines.   

There are two deadlines in the VCF’s claim filing process:  a Claim Filing Deadline and a Registration Deadline.  It is important to distinguish between the two and be aware of which applies to your individual circumstances.   

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Special Master’s Message on the Anniversary of the Signing of the VCF Permanent Authorization Act

July 29, 2020
Today we mark the first anniversary of President Trump’s signing of H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.”
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Message from the Special Master - Anthony Gardner joins VCF as Director of Communications and External Affairs.

February 24, 2020
Anthony Gardner has joined the VCF as the Director of Communications and External Affairs, a new position created following the passage of the VCF Permanent Authorization Act.
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A Message from the Special Master - Eighth Annual Status Report

February 19, 2020

This has been a year of many challenges, and significant changes for the VCF, greatest among them the July passage of the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (“VCF Permanent Authorization Act”), which secured the VCF’s funding for claims and amendments filed through 2090 (see page 5).  This year also saw the departure of Deputy Special Master Jordy Feldman, who left the VCF after more than 10 years of superb and dedicated service.

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A message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum - VCF Program Update

October 23, 2013

October 3, 2013 was an important registration deadline for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Anyone who was diagnosed with a 9/11-related condition on or before October 3, 2011 for which they intend to seek compensation from the VCF must have registered with the Fund by the October 3, 2013 deadline.

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A message from Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum

August 5, 2013

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia G. Houser as the Fund’s Director of Operations.

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A Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum - VCF Program Update

April 8, 2013

On December 18, 2012, I posted to this website a message with very important information on the claim review process and tips for helping the VCF to process your claim as efficiently as possible.

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Un mensaje de la Auxiliar Judicial, Sheila Birnbaum – Actualización del Programa VC

April 8, 2013

El 18 de diciembre de 2012 publiqué en este sitio web un mensaje con información  importante sobre el proceso de análisis de reclamos y sugerencias que ayudarían al VCF a procesar los reclamos de la manera más eficaz posible. Haga clic aquí si desea leer el mensaje completo.  
 

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Komunikat od Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum – Aktualizacja dotycząca programu VCF

April 8, 2013

W dniu 18 grudnia 2012 roku w tej witrynie internetowej opublikowałam bardzo ważne informacje dotyczące procesu rozpatrywania wniosków oraz wskazówki dotyczące umożliwienia VCF rozparzenia wniosków w jak najszybszym terminie. Aby przeczytać cały komunikat, proszę kliknąć tutaj.  
 

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来自专案助理 Sheila Birnbaum的讯息 - VCF 计划更新

April 8, 2013

在2012年12月18日,我在本网站发布了一则消息,这则消息传递了有关索赔审查过程和协助VCF尽可 能高效率地处理您的索赔的秘诀的非常重要的信息。请点击这里,阅读完整的讯息。  
 
作为这则消息的一部分,我解释过, VCF 的审查过程就会开始,如果 VCF 都收到了您的《资格表》,经 签署的证明书,认证书,和附件的原件, 使我们能够从其他机构提取有关您的索赔资料。许多组织要求 我们提供签名的原件,因此,您必须通过邮递向VCF提交这些文件。如果您在线提交索赔,同时,上传 了这些文件的副本,在有效地审查您的索赔前,我们仍然需要收到这些经签署文件的原件。 
 
截至 2013 年 4 月 5 日,我们收到的有超过 2,770 份《资格表》》,是没有附上与之相关的证明 书,认证书 ,和 / 或附物的原件。这些索赔不可能得到充分的审阅,直到我们收到一整套完整文件。 如果您提交了 《资格表》,尚未邮寄这些证明文件,我建议您立刻去办理。如果您对需要什么文件有疑问, 或需要VCF提供收到您的索赔文件的确认,请联系我们的免费援助热线:1-855-8851555。听力障碍人士,请联系1-855-885-1558 (TDD)。如果您从美国境外来电,请拨打1-202-3530356。 ****************  
 

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A Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum

January 29, 2013

The VCF has started to issue award decisions to eligible claimants, including information on the amount of the initial pro-rated payment to be made by the VCF. Under the Zadroga Act, the total amount of money for the VCF must cover both claims and administrative costs. Of that total, the Act makes only 31% available during the VCF's first five years.

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Un mensaje de Sheila Birnbaum, Magistrada Especial

January 29, 2013

El VCF ha comenzado a dar a conocer sus decisiones sobre las indemnizaciones para los reclamantes elegibles e información sobre el monto del pago inicial prorrateado que efectuará el VCF. Conforme a la Ley Zadroga, el monto total de dinero asignado al VCF debe cubrir tanto los reclamos como los gastos administrativos. De ese total, la ley pone solamente el 31% a disposición del VCF durante los primeros cinco años.

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Komunikat od Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum

January 29, 2013

VCF rozpoczął wydawanie uprawnionym roszczeniodawcom decyzji z informacjami dotyczącymi pierwszych naliczonych płatności do przekazania przez VCF. Na mocy ustawy Zadroga, łączna kwota funduszy VCF musi pokryć wysokość roszczeń i koszty administracyjne. Ustawa przewiduje wypłacenie z kwoty ogólnej jedynie 31% podczas pierwszych pięciu lat istnienia VCF.

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来自专案助理 Sheila Birnbaum 的讯息

January 29, 2013

VCF已开始向合资格的索赔人发出赔偿额裁定,它包括由VCF按比例初次支付的金额数目的信息。根据 Zadroga法,VCF的基金总额必须包括支付索赔金及行政费用两部分。法案规定在VCF的第一个五年内, 只能运用该总金额的31%。因为基金以这种方式运作,该法案要求VCF把赔偿金额分成两次支付给索赔 人:在第一个五年内,按比例支付第一笔金额,在第六年内,当更多的钱可以花费的时候,支付第二笔金 额。要了解有关 VCF如何计算第一笔金额的解释,请点击下面的链接。  
 
第一次付款的解释   
 

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A message from Sheila Birnbaum announcing the release of the Eligibility Claim Form

October 31, 2011

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to announce that the VCF is now accepting claims applications on its website, www.VCF.gov. Users who have registered for the Fund can fill-out an online Eligibility Form that will be used to determine whether you are eligible for compensation through the VCF. If you are found eligible, you will be invited to complete the Compensation Form, which will be used to determine the amount of compensation you are owed.

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SEPTEMBER 11th VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND BEGINS ACCEPTING CLAIMS

October 31, 2011
DOJ Press Release - Claimants May Now Fill Out Eligibility Form on Fund's Website
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Special Master Sheila L. Birnbaum Announces Opening of September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

October 3, 2011
DOJ Press Release - Fund Will Continue to Open in Phases throughout October