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Funding Insufficiency

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The Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

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.
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Notice Of Inquiry And Determination Of Funding Insufficiency

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.
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A Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya

October 2, 2018

Dear Friends,

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.