Funding Insufficiency https://www.vcf.gov/ en A Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya https://www.vcf.gov/blog/message-special-master-rupa-bhattacharyya-8 A Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Date</div> <div class="field__item">October 2, 2018</div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/21" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">VCFBoth</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/04/2020 - 13:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dear Friends,</p> <p>When Congress reauthorized the VCF in 2015, it extended the time for individuals to submit new claims – as well as amendments on existing claims – until December 18, 2020. The Reauthorization Act also directed me, as the Special Master, to periodically reassess the VCF’s policies and procedures to make sure that we prioritize claims for individuals who suffer from the most debilitating physical conditions, and that we do not exceed the $7.375 billion in funds appropriated to the VCF.</p> <p>The VCF’s most recent periodic assessment, published in <a href="/report/annual/sixth-annual-status-report-activity-december-31-2017">February 2018</a>, shows us remaining within that appropriated limit. But, as I am required to do, I am monitoring our expenditures very closely, keeping an eye on the volume of incoming new claims and amendments on existing claims, and continuing to use forecasts from the World Trade Center Health Program and VCF historical data to project whether the current available funding will be sufficient. The VCF expended just over $2.5 billion in the two-and-a-half years since our 2015 reauthorization, and we have more than $3 billion in funding remaining with just under two-and-a-half years left to go. There is no immediate funding crisis. As some of you may have read in the press reporting that surrounded this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, however, there is concern among some groups that the VCF may run short of funding. An updated projections analysis, run using data as of August 31, 2018, suggests the possibility that, following current policies and procedures, the VCF may exceed its available funding prior to the currently designated program end on December 18, 2020, although I have not made any formal determination that funding may be insufficient. Accordingly, in both an abundance of caution and a steadfast commitment to fulfilling my statutory responsibilities, I am seeking public input on how the remaining funds might be allocated in a fair and equitable manner to claims and amendments that have not yet been decided, with priority given, as the Reauthorization Act requires, to those claimants with the most debilitating conditions. The Notice of Inquiry published to the <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/03/2018-21490/september-11th-victim-compensation-fund--compensation-of-claims">Federal Register</a> on October 3, 2018, is the official vehicle for gathering that input.</p> <p>It is important to note that this is an effort to solicit information only. It is both prudent and consistent with my statutory responsibilities to begin the process of collecting your comments and suggestions for our careful and systematic consideration. As the Notice of Inquiry makes clear, should any changes to VCF policies or procedures be deemed necessary solely because there are insufficient funds to continue making awards under the same policies as are in effect today, any such changes would apply only to claims submitted or amended for compensation review after an established effective date. No compensation claim currently submitted for review would be affected.</p> <p>Our website at www.vcf.gov and our toll-free helpline at 1-855-885-1555 are both excellent sources of information about the VCF’s policies and procedures, and we encourage anyone with questions to take advantage of those resources. The VCF continues to accept new claims – as well as amendments on existing claims for claimants who have suffered new injuries or incurred new losses – and we will continue to do so until December 18, 2020, under the current statutory framework.</p> <p>The Notice of Inquiry provides an opportunity for all interested members of the 9/11 community to have a voice in how the VCF operates going forward. You are the individuals and organizations who have an interest in how we do our jobs and in the equitable awarding of VCF funds, and I am always grateful and appreciative of your comments and suggestions. Please take some time to review the Notice and the questions on which we are seeking feedback and provide your comments as instructed in the Notice. In doing so, you can help ensure that the VCF remains financially stable, and that we continue to do the best job we can to make sure compensation is awarded to those who deserve it in the fairest, most efficient, and most transparent way possible. Thank you in advance for participating in this effort.</p> <p>Rupa Bhattacharyya<br /> Special Master</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Topics</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/topics/message-special-master" hreflang="en">Message from the Special Master</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/topics/funding-insufficiency" hreflang="en">Funding Insufficiency</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-archived field--type-ssp-archived field--label-above margin-bottom-2 archived-alert-field field__item"> <div class="usa-alert usa-alert--warning" role="contentinfo" aria-label="warning"> <div class="usa-alert__body"> <h2 class="usa-alert__heading">VCF.gov Archive: Information on this page may be out of date.</h2> <p>Because some of this information may still be useful, it is available here.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Feb 2020 18:48:28 +0000 VCFBoth 416 at https://www.vcf.gov The Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund https://www.vcf.gov/permanent-authorization The Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/26/2020 - 18:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:page:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodepagebody"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <div class="mainDiv"> <div class="center"> <table class="center"></table><table><tbody><tr><td> <table><tbody><tr><td>  <p class="wp">On July 29, 2019, the President signed into law The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The VCF Permanent Authorization Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims. The VCF recognizes that claimants will have many questions about the impact of the legislation on their claims. The VCF is committed to processing claims without interruption and issuing full payments to those who received a reduced award. Please check this website frequently for updates.</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Under the Act, the VCF is required to issue payments to any claimants who were impacted by the reductions in order to make up the difference between the reduced award and the unreduced value that would have been awarded but for the reductions. The law requires that the VCF issue these payments in the first fiscal year beginning after enactment of the VCF Permanent Authorization Act, which is the government’s fiscal year 2020 beginning on October 1, 2019. Recognizing the urgent needs of this community, the VCF is committed to beginning this process immediately, taking the steps necessary to notify each of the nearly 1,700 affected individuals of their unreduced award prior to this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The VCF will begin processing the additional payment immediately following that notification, assuming the VCF has the documentation required to pay the claim.</p> <p>Below are links to important documents and resources related to the permanent authorization of the VCF:</p> <ul class="fontregindent"><li><a href="blogspecialmsgjuly2019.html">A Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya</a></li> <li><a href="pdf/VCFPAQandA.pdf">Questions and Answers</a> specific to the Permanent Authorization Act </li> <li><a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1327">H.R. 1327</a> - Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act</li> <li><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/september-11th-victim-compensation-fund-end-award-reductions-and-restore-previously-reduced">Department of Justice Press Release</a></li> </ul><p>If you have any questions, please call the VCF's toll-free Helpline at 1-855-885-1555.</p> <br />  </div> </div></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="extra_field_block:node:page:links" class="block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodepagelinks"> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:page:field_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodepagefield-topics"> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Topics</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/topics/funding-insufficiency" hreflang="en">Funding Insufficiency</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/topics/permanent-authorization" hreflang="en">Permanent Authorization</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:07:33 +0000 Anonymous 1146 at https://www.vcf.gov Notice Of Inquiry And Determination Of Funding Insufficiency https://www.vcf.gov/funding-insufficiency Notice Of Inquiry And Determination Of Funding Insufficiency<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/26/2020 - 18:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:page:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodepagebody"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="center"> <table class="center"></table><table><tbody><tr><td> <table><tbody><tr><td> <p class="wp">The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund ("VCF") was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 12, 2019, and by the U.S. Senate on July 23, 2019, and has been presented to the President for signature. The Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims. The VCF remains fully operational. Once the President signs the bill into law, the VCF will publish additional information. Please continue to visit the <a href="https://www.vcf.gov">www.vcf.gov</a> website for important updates.</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></td> </tr></tbody></table>   <p>On October 3, 2018, the VCF published in the Federal Register a Notice of Inquiry as part of the Special Master’s statutory obligation to periodically reassess the VCF’s policies and procedures for two purposes: to make sure that (1) we prioritize claims for individuals who suffer from the most debilitating physical conditions, and; (2) we do not exceed the $7.375 billion in funds appropriated to the VCF. The publication was prompted by an August 2018 projections analysis that suggested the possibility that, following current policies and procedures, the VCF might exceed its available funding prior to the designated program end on December 18, 2020.</p> <p>On February 15, 2019, The Special Master released the <a href="sites/vcf/files/resources/VCFStatusReportFeb2019.pdf">Seventh Annual Status Report</a> and the Third Annual Reassessment of Policies and Procedures, which outlines the VCF’s accomplishments and the current state of the program. The report was accompanied by a <a href="blogprogstatsfeb2019.html">Message from the Special Master</a> highlighting the VCF’s progress in issuing awards, and discussing the dramatic increase in claims filed.</p> <p>As explained in the report, the $5 billion issued in awards as of January 31, 2019, combined with the influx of claims submitted, leaves the VCF in a difficult situation. After completing the updated projections based on the most recent data, the Special Master has determined that there is insufficient funding remaining in the Fund to pay all current and projected claims at the same levels as under current policies and procedures. Accordingly, as the law requires, the Special Master is adjusting VCF policies and procedures so as to ensure that the VCF does not expend funds beyond its appropriated limit of $7.375 billion. To that end, the VCF must make significant reductions in awards, and these reductions will affect all claims for which a determination has not yet been made, regardless of when the claim was filed.</p> <p>Below are links to important documents and resources related to the funding insufficiency and the reductions to awards. These reductions are effective for any award issued on or after February 25, 2019.</p> <ul class="fontregindent"><li><a href="blogprogstatsfeb2019.html">A Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya</a></li> <li><a href="sites/vcf/files/resources/VCFStatusReportFeb2019.pdf">Seventh Annual Status Report</a> and Third Annual Reassessment of Policies and Procedures – <em>Section 9 provides details of the VCF projections; Section 10 discusses the Notice of Inquiry and Determination of Funding Insufficiency </em></li> <li><a href="sites/vcf/files/resources/VCFFIQandA.pdf">Questions and Answers</a> specific to the funding insufficiency and reduction in awards</li> <li><a href="sites/vcf/files/resources/VCFNoticeofInquiry201821490.pdf">Notice of Inquiry</a> as published by the Special Master in the Federal Register on October 3, 2018</li> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&amp;so=DESC&amp;sb=commentDueDate&amp;po=0&amp;dct=PS&amp;D=DOJ-CIV-2018-0015">Comments to the Notice of Inquiry</a> - <em>link to public comments received in response to the notice</em></li> </ul>   <p>If you have any questions, please call the VCF's toll-free Helpline at 1-855-885-1555.</p> <br /><br />  </div></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="extra_field_block:node:page:links" class="block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodepagelinks"> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:page:field_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodepagefield-topics"> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Topics</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/topics/funding-insufficiency" hreflang="en">Funding Insufficiency</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:page:field_archived" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodepagefield-archived"> <div class="field field--name-field-archived field--type-ssp-archived field--label-above margin-bottom-2 archived-alert-field field__item"> <div class="usa-alert usa-alert--warning" role="contentinfo" aria-label="warning"> <div class="usa-alert__body"> <h2 class="usa-alert__heading">VCF.gov Archive: Information on this page may be out of date.</h2> <p>Because some of this information may still be useful, it is available here.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:07:33 +0000 Anonymous 1141 at https://www.vcf.gov