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Obama Administration Criticizes Slow Payments by Gulf Spill Claims Czar

The pace of BP claims payments is called unacceptably slow, and the official in charge promises new procedures to speed up the program. 

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Oct. 2, 2010, 7:01 p.m.

Well it is now 38 days and I am told that it is still in review and the the adjusters are working very hard to process the claim, but the way I see it is that the the people they hried is not experience in what they are doing. It takes a month for an adguster to process a claim. But they are working 24 hours a day 7 days a week there is something wrong with that picture. I does not take IRS that long when they are doing an audit on a business. They should come with a better lie


Oct. 2, 2010, 7:57 p.m.

I totally agree, Linda. My claim has been under review since day 1 with GCCF. According to Sen. LeMieux’s office, my claim was denied because they said my industry is not in GCCF. Sen LeMiuex’s office advised me to try to make a claim through the Florida Real Estate Board. I am not a realtor and I didn’t work in Florida.  How in the world could they possibly help me??? My former co worker was paid the full amount of her claim over 3 week ago. Same job, same money except she still has a job and I got laid off. I don’t believe for one minute that an adjuster actually looked at my claim. The weird thing is, his letter was dated Sept 28 and they GCCF is still telling me my claim is “under review”. I wish you luck, Linda.


Oct. 2, 2010, 8:28 p.m.

I have a restaurant and all of my seafood came from the GULF coast I am a native of Breaux Bridge. How can you tell the publice that the seafood is good when they are finding oil at the bottom of the GULF no matter how many taste tester they hired or train.


Oct. 2, 2010, 10:12 p.m.

I am not to much of a person that believes is luck, I believe in GOD and Paryers in the name of his SON JESUS CHRIST. He can make everything right, MY faith is with him for now I have only GOD in my life he is all I have, I have no family, I have no money, I have no business I have nothing and it is hurting very much.


Oct. 3, 2010, 5:34 a.m.

day 40 now and the same crap


Oct. 4, 2010, 12:36 p.m.

I filed my claim aug 23rd. Two days ago they told me they were escalating my claim. When I ask what that ment they said they would look at my claim faster. I filed for lost earnings 43 days ago people I work with have already been paid and they filed ten days ago. Does anyone understand whats going on


Oct. 4, 2010, 12:44 p.m.

I filed August 25 it went into review Sept 6 and it is still in the review. I wonder if the locial claim center has the same information like the call center. Can anyone let me know. Because as for me I still don’t know what in the hell is going on.


Oct. 4, 2010, 2:11 p.m.

I know what’s going on. It’s a cluster f**k. My claim got turned down after it had been"under review” since Aug 25. My former co worker got 30k for a 6 month emergency claim on Sept.7.  We did the same job, filed at the same time and asked for the same amount. But they say my industry (timeshare) is not eligible, but they gave her 30k. They told me to file with the Florida Real Estate board. I am not a realtor, don’t have a real estate license and worked in Alabama not Florida. Even though my claim was “under review” for seven weeks, I know that nobody actually looked at it becuase if they did, they’d know I am not a realtor and while I live in Florida, I worked in Alabama. I only found out my status by getting my state senator involved. They found out I was turned down on Sept. 28 but according to GCCF, I am still under review. I am now filing with the National Pollution Fund Center . Next step will be an attorney.


Oct. 4, 2010, 2:53 p.m.

Well this is the latest. I call GCCF and they told me that my claim is still in review but I should hear something by the end of the month. I told her that someonr told me that one of them told them the samem thing but come tom find out there claim was declined. So now I wonder.


Oct. 4, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Linda.. Email or call your elected officials. If you don’t know who thet are just google State Senator and Congressmen for your state. They all have forms you fill out and send back.  Maybe they can help you get an answer. I didn’t like the answer they got for me but now I know I have to move on and try something else. I know how frustrated you are. So am I. If GCCF turns you down you can file with the National Pollution Fund Center with the Coast Gaurd. You can’t file with them until you’ve been turned down by GCCF but I don’t think they will jerk us around the way GCCF did. I know much this sucks. I hope you have someone you can vent to. Feinberg is KILLING us!!!!!!!! We know we are right and we deserve this and yet we see others getting big checks and we get zero. Try to have faith. I know that must anger you to hear that but I am in the exact same boat as you are and we are not alone. There are still thousands of us who have been wronged by GCCF.


Oct. 4, 2010, 3:42 p.m.

adjusters only work 5 days awwek and days only i was told today


Oct. 4, 2010, 4:14 p.m.

I was approved on the 27th and as of today the 4th I still havent recieved my money…Is anyone else having this problem??? Every time I call they tell me that the money is on itys way but havent recieved it yet…


Oct. 4, 2010, 4:36 p.m.

john, what did ya file loss of earnings if ya dont mind me asking, we all are still under review


Oct. 4, 2010, 5:12 p.m.

yes, loss of earnings


Oct. 4, 2010, 5:14 p.m.

Well I call GCCF three times within the past hour and ask all three rep the same question. That I was checking on my claim and two of them told me that my claim was excalated and that they was wondering why my claim was so long in review and that I should be hearing something at the end of the week. So I told them that some else was told the same thing a when they called back it was told to them that there clain was denied. When I told this to the third person it was told to me that they are not allow to tell the people anything like this and that they can not see anything like this on our the clain


Oct. 4, 2010, 5:20 p.m.

Terri, did your friend recieve the check or direct deposit in hand or is it just a promise to send it??? And if so, when did he recieve his check and when was he approved…Thanks…

LA chick

Oct. 4, 2010, 5:41 p.m.

I’ve been approved for almost two weeks now and haven’t received a cent… First the lied about attempting to wire my money and it supposedly failing so they automatically mail a check to my address… First they said they sent it fedex but couldn’t provide a tracking number… Later they changed it to having sent it via regular mail… Today I was told to email or fax a letter requesting to have the money wired.. Which was my original request in the first place.. Tired of the games…pay up or tell us the truth already…


Oct. 4, 2010, 8:17 p.m.

does anyone know if I can file a claim for property value depreciation?  I looked at GCCF site and did not find anything, thank you.


Oct. 4, 2010, 10:05 p.m.

My friend actually got her check on September 7th. She filed on Aug 23rd. She was out of town when the check came by FedX. Her mother signed for it but didn’t know what is was. While she was out of town she called GCCF everyday and they kept telling her her claim was still under review. When she got home she cashed the check but still called GCCF to see how long it would take them to tell her it was approved. They didn’t tell her it was approved until about week after she cashed the check. They are so screwed up over there. We worked together and filed the same claim for the same amount of money.Mine was denied. If you been following every post you’ll know that my state senator told me my claim was denied. The GCCF keeps telling me it is under review. I asked the senator today to find out how they paid her and not me. She does live in AL and I live in FL. Maybe they are more liberal with AL. I am also filing a claim through The National Pollution Fund Center but you have to be officially turned down or the claim has to be over 90 days old with no response. They are probably going to yank me around until Nov 23 so I won’t be able to file sooner.


Oct. 5, 2010, 6:29 a.m.

day 42 and counting


Oct. 5, 2010, 11:18 a.m.

Been waiting since 8/24 received a call last evening from someone at the Garden City Group and said that my claim was ok and in the final stage of being approved. Has anyone else received such a call and if so how long before you got a check??


Oct. 5, 2010, 11:39 a.m.

Well I have received another letter from GCCF. I am not lost this time, need futher documents again, they have my and wife<s life story and income from 1906 thru todays date. Someone tell me if you are one of the 5,000 that was reviewed and approved for payments this past week. I have not met or e-mailed or spoke to a single one yet. However there must be some that have received a check. My deckhand filed two weeks after me and has been paid 20,000 so far, lol that of course was 1 month ago this past Saturday, Yes we filed basicly the same papers, mine was for a bit more than his, somebody @GCCF is LYING !!!! Nate


Oct. 5, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

hey all, Terri has hit the nail on the head so to speak. GCCF and Lieberg are running a cluster F##K operation, a very close friend has called in the past hr and has turned his over to an att. well that was last week wed. he said. He has been approved by a call this am from GCCF for the amount of his original claim, if the wheel don’t squeekkk, it gets no grease.Sense I filed 8-23, and been lost twice, need more documentation twice, under review again for third time, I am sicking his lawyer on them in my behalf, trying anything now, to answer the other lady"s question, yes I am a charter boat captain was not in the VOO program even though we tried and was put on standby forever and ever. N


Oct. 5, 2010, 3:02 p.m.

they email me and tell me someone will contact me about my claim, but i yet to year or see anything


Oct. 5, 2010, 7:08 p.m.

Who is the attorney? Email me with his or her info please   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Oct. 5, 2010, 8:14 p.m.

nathan, I was approved on the 27th but havnt received a check to this date and they tell me that they sent it overnight on the 27th. I gave fedex my address to track it and they said that they have NO RECORD of anything going to my address.


Oct. 6, 2010, 11:37 a.m.

Well I was told that my claim was exclated and they do not know wy I haven’t gotten paid yet.


Oct. 6, 2010, 12:34 p.m.

i heard that a week ago


Oct. 6, 2010, 1:27 p.m.

I too filed on Aug 23rd, BP paid me in a timely manner.  Gccf has told me multiple times my case has been put on a priority list.  I would just like to know why it is taking so long for them to process my simple well documented individual claim.  Very very frustrating. Day 43 and still under review.


Oct. 6, 2010, 3:24 p.m.

Panel: Gov’t Thwarted Worst-Case Scenario on Gulf Oil Spill
Updated: Wednesday, 06 Oct 2010, 1:14 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 06 Oct 2010, 1:08 PM CDT

By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

In documents released Wednesday, the national oil spill commission’s staff reveals that in late April or early May the White House budget office denied a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make public the worst-case discharge from the blown-out well. The Unified Command—the government team in charge of the spill response—also was discussing the possibility of making the numbers public, the report says, citing interviews with government officials.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But Jerry Miller, head of the White House science office’s ocean subcommittee, told The Associated Press in an interview at a St. Petersburg, Fla., conference on the oil’s flow that he didn’t think the budget office censored NOAA.

“I would very much doubt that anyone would put restrictions on NOAA’s ability to articulate factual information,” Miller said.

The April 20 blowout and explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers, spewed 206 million gallons of oil from the damaged oil well, and sunk the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

BP’s drilling permit for the Macondo well originally estimated the worst scenario to be a leak of 6.8 million gallons per day. In late April, the Coast Guard and NOAA received an updated estimate of 2.7 million to 4.6 million gallons per day.

While those figures were used as the basis for the government’s response to the spill—they appeared on an internal Coast Guard Situation report and on a dry-erase board in NOAA’s Seattle war room—the public was never told.

In the meantime, government officials were telling the public that the well was releasing 210,000 gallons per day—a figure that would be later adjusted to be much closer to the worst-case estimates.

“Despite the fact that the Unified Command had this information, relied on it for operations, and publicly states that it was operating under a worst-case scenario, the government never disclosed what its…scenario was,” the report says.

University of South Florida oceanographer David Hollander, who was also at the St. Petersburg meeting of 150 scientists studying the oil flow on Wednesday, said he was surprised to find that the White House budget office gagged NOAA. He said public disclosure would have helped scientists to figure out what was going on.

“It would have been much better to know from a scientific point of view the reality,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

On the Web: National Oil Spill Commission:

Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla.


Oct. 7, 2010, 5:53 p.m.

I received a phone call today telling me my claim was ineligable.  Not denied but ineligble.  I was approved by BP before Feinberg took over.  My claim still says Under Review.  Now I will have to let 9 employees go and find an attorney to sue them.  I called my original BP claims adjuster and told him the news and he was in shock.  He was the one that did all the paperwork for my large loss claim.  First thing out of his mouth was “you were black balled”.  People all I can say is the system is broken and I will fight till the final end.


Oct. 7, 2010, 6:39 p.m.

I also had a claim that was being paid by BP but the Feinberg posse said I was ineligible, even though they paid my former co worker. What did the adjuster mean by “black balled” ?  Did you know that you can still file a claim with The National Pollution Fund Center? I am speaking with a very large successful law firm. They will not take any money up front. They’ll get paid when you do. They are only charging a very small percentage of your claim. I didn’t want to use an attorney because I don’t think I should have to give up 30 or 40% to get what I deserve. They are not asking for anywhere close to that .One of the paralegals that I spoke with told me they have been very, very succcessful in getting things turned around quickly for claimants. You can e mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want more info. Try to keep faith. We can’t rest until Feinberg is brought to justice for the lives and businesses he has ruined. At this point, I don’t feel like BP is the bad guy. It’s GCCF. There are thousands and thousands of us that have been screwed by GCCF. I hope there is an investigation.


Oct. 7, 2010, 8:36 p.m.


I own a company that is a S Corporation and I own 80% and I have one partner that owns 20%.  My partner is the wife of a State Senator that just happens to be in the district of the oil spill.  He has been very vocal and has come down on Feinberg in all the town meetings and letter writing.  I was told early on in the BP process that my claim was labled “high profile”.  I’ll email you and get your law firms info.  I won’t give up…


Oct. 7, 2010, 8:48 p.m.

Feinberg is so arrogant!!! It’s almost like he is sending a message that he doesn’t care who you are or how right you are, he does not have to answer to anybody. Somebody has got to make this man accountable to the victims like us who have been screwed,


Oct. 7, 2010, 11:20 p.m.

I spoke to a rep a few minutes ago and i was told that all of the claims that is over 30 days is going to a special prpgram that Feinberg had put together to go through the claims to see why they have not gotton paid and someone suppose to call and let you know why. Did anyone one else knows about this or heard anything.


Oct. 8, 2010, 4:19 a.m.

yes linda i was told that three days ago and have not heard a damn thing still


Oct. 8, 2010, 4:24 a.m.

i was told there is a exlatation team there after 19 o clock this morning to talk too. we will see


Oct. 8, 2010, 4:51 a.m.

i see they are paying everyone in the 3s , while we are in the 1s


Oct. 8, 2010, 10:50 p.m.

I am in the 3’s I haven’t received my check


Oct. 9, 2010, 1:10 p.m.

Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm have been paid more than $2.5 million in 3½ months to administer the $20 billion fund set up by BP Plc to compensate victims of its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil company agreed to pay Feinberg Rozen LLP in Washington a flat fee of $850,000 a month from mid-June, when Feinberg agreed to run the claims facility, through Oct. 1, according to a report yesterday on the compensation by former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

Feinberg, 64, who ran the compensation fund for victims of the 9/11 attacks, was chosen by BP and President Barack Obama to handle payments for those affected by the largest US oil spill.

Mukasey said it was reasonable for demanding work done under close scrutiny by Gulf Coast residents, public officials and BP.

The money goes to seven professionals at Feinberg’s firm and is paid by BP separately from the fund to help victims, the person said.

Among those being paid is Feinberg’s brother David, the report said. David Feinberg is listed on the firm’s Web site as director of special projects.

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Oct. 9, 2010, 1:48 p.m.

kris and you shouldnt either, way to many of us have been waiting for a month and a half now


Oct. 9, 2010, 6:24 p.m.

I’m lost. What does “in the 3’s or in the 1’s mean??


Oct. 10, 2010, 10:23 a.m.

1s means your claim number as in 1111111 or if your claim has a number the first number, the first people started with a 1, people that are filing now are in the 7s , 3s are being paid and worked on, look on the stats on the website of the claims, you will see


Oct. 10, 2010, 10:27 a.m.

your claim number is 7 digits, long, the first people were in the 1s, then 3s, the 5s , now 7s,  they are being paid faster then we are in the 1s, and we were the first to file on 8/23 when feinberg took over the bp claims


Oct. 10, 2010, 10:57 a.m.

Oh, then I am a 1 also. I got two phone calls Friday afternoon telling me my claim was in the final stages of review. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that I told them I was hiring an attorney ??? Even if the pay me, I will still get an attorney to submit a final claim. I’m not going through this again. This man is getting $850k a month. What a joke.


Oct. 10, 2010, 11:41 a.m.

Reading your comments Terri, will e-mail the lawyers name when my friend comes back tonight from South Carolina, yep Ala/S. Carolina ball game. I think you are right about getting screwed, some is very pleasent and sometimes it aint!! still waiting for that call from gccf, my deck hands have been paid in full, nat


Oct. 10, 2010, 12:55 p.m.

  I also received two calls on Friday telling me that a decision should be made on my claim in about a week.  They told me my claim was in stage 4 of review.  Come on GCCF!  I also told them I was going to hire an attorney I think that’s why I got a call.


Oct. 10, 2010, 4:05 p.m.

Jason when did you first submit your claim?


Oct. 10, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

My claim has went from under review to needing addl documents within the last 2 days.. now it is back to under review….


Oct. 10, 2010, 7:08 p.m.

I originally made my claim with BP in May and switched to GCCF on Aug 23rd with the same adjuster in person.  He assured me that when GCCF took over and saw a paying claim I would be fine.  Looks as if we all need to file with an attorney.  Still “Under Review.”  It’s funny how the world has turned it’s back on the gulf coast and the corruption of BP.

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