The Department of Justice’s 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund has already paid out more than $4.2 billion to over 20,000 claimants. The fund still has $3 billion to work with. But, the fund, in an abundance of caution, recently posted a notice in the Federal Register to solicit public comment on how to proceed if it runs out of money before it closes based on the current law on December 18, 2020. A bipartisan Congressional coalition has already submitted legislation to fully fund and extend the VCF.
Rupa Bhattacharyya, the Special Master of the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, sat down with The Chief-Leader's Bob Hennelly and offered some advice for would-be applicants that may save them time and money.
Ms. Bhattacharyya was appointed to her post by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in July of 2016. A career Department of Justice lawyer, who also served in the Treasury Department, Ms. Bhattacharyya has previously held the Special Master post for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program, which was established to compensate workers affected by the nation’s atmospheric atomic weapons testing and those in the uranium industry.