Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after Ken Feinberg, head of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), released further information for determining final and interim GCCF payments.
"Today's announcement is certainly welcomed news for the people of Louisiana who have endured nine months of hardship in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, but there are still many unanswered questions Mr. Feinberg needs to answer, including the decision to pull more than 100 claims processors out of our region," Scalise said. "If Mr. Feinberg is truly committed to full transparency, he will begin providing full disclosure on all submitted, denied, and paid claims by industry and location, so that we can fully understand whether the GCCF is operating in a fair and consistent manner in the best interest of the people throughout the Gulf Coast. As this process moves forward, I will continue pressing Mr. Feinberg to quickly adjust the payment process to ensure that people no longer fall through the cracks, and will continue to demand full transparency from Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF."
Last week, Scalise sent Feinberg a letter demanding that the GCCF increase transparency and release specific metrics on claims and payments to date. In the letter, Scalise asked Feinberg to provide the following information:
1. All metrics on claims and payments, including the total number of both submitted and paid claims, broken down by state, city, industry, and job classification, and the average payment to individuals and businesses in each category;
2. The formula for how payments are calculated;
3. The total number of people employed by GCCF and working on its behalf at affiliate entities, broken down by specific geographic location and employer;
4. Any job transfers or lay-offs in claims processing that GCCF has executed or is planning to execute, including justification for such moves;
5. Specific information and documentation on the decisions leading to the removal of 150 jobs at the Hammond claims processing facility, including where those jobs are being transferred; and
6. The number of unprocessed six-month emergency claims and justification for why these claims remain unresolved.