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After numerous complaints from claimants and multiple requests from local and federal officials, the U.S. Department of Justice last week contracted an independent firm to audit claims processed by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The GCCF has handled more than 1 million claims and paid more than $6 billion for damages related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. However, there have been concerns about alleged improper claim documentation, inconsistent payments for similar claims, and unnecessary delays in processing and paying claims.

The audit will be conducted by New York-based BDO Consulting with oversight by the Department of Justice. The cost of the audit will be paid for by GCCF funds.

Ken Feinberg, who heads the GCCF operation, said he welcomes the audit, which is scheduled to be completed by March.

“They’ll find that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has done a satisfactory job over the last year,” Feinberg said in a Dec. 21 article in the Mobile, Alabama, Press-Register. “I believe that any independent audit will demonstrate the overall success of the program.”

The audit comes amid increasing legal action over BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program and as the start date for the federal trial against BP and other companies accepting responsibility for the oil spill looms.

If you believe you were not properly compensated for your participation in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program or otherwise suffered harm as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long for your no-cost case evaluation.

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