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U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund: Estimated Lump Sum Catch-Up Payments   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in the deaths and injuries of thousands of people. In 2015, the Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (Terrorism Act) was enacted, which established the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (Fund) to provide compensation for persons injured in acts of international state-sponsored terrorism. In May 2016, the Attorney General appointed a Special Master to administer the Fund. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel support the Fund. To date, the Fund has allocated approximately $3.3 billion in three payment rounds, which began in 2017, 2019, and 2020. In 2019, the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act (Clarification Act) amended the groups of individuals who were eligible to claim payments from the Fund. [...] The Sudan Claims Resolution Act includes provisions for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to (1) estimate lump sum catch-up payments to eligible 9/11 victims, spouses, and dependents that would result in the percentage of claims received from the Fund being equal to the percentage of claims of 9/11 family members received from the Fund; and (2) estimate amounts of lump sum catch-up payments for 9/11 victims, spouses, and dependents. [...] In summary, we [GAO] estimated that lump sum catch-up payments to 5,364 9/11 victims, spouses, and dependents in our population would total about $2.7 billion."

Report Number:
GAO-21-105306
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Date:
2021-08-11
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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