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Jeff Atwater

As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I am committed to ensuring that every citizen and every business negatively affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are made whole. While the stories have dropped from the headlines, I am well aware that real struggles continue, and I am determined to ensure every legitimate claim gets paid and every community is restored.

Even for those of you who have accepted final payment from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), I know that does not mean your challenges are over. Many Floridians are facing economic challenges today, that's why I launched Your Money Matter$, a financial education initiative that aims to teach Floridians of all ages how to make the most out of their money, and for small businesses how to strengthen and grow their enterprises.

My Department has been involved from the beginning and understands that oil spill victims are not asking for a handout, only what they are due. When that happens, only then can we declare an end to the oil spill.

Press Releases

January 10, 2012 – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder inquiring as to when the U.S. Department of Justice plans to commence its audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).

January 20, 2011 – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Letter to BP Claims Administrator Kenneth Feinberg on formally requesting that a representative of the Florida Department of Financial Services participate in the methodology created to determine claims payments.

May 13, 2010 – Summary of the Federal Administration's Proposed Oil Spill Legislation.

In the News

Fraud pollutes BP oil-spill compensation fund for Gulf Coast victims from Florida to Louisiana - Miami Herald 8-19-12

Florida counties plan for BP oil spill fines - CBS News 8-17-12


To File a Claim

ATTENTION

Pursuant to a Federal Court Order, effective immediately, the Gulf Coast Claim Facility (GCCF) shall no longer accept, process, or pay claims submitted to it, except claims for which there were offers that were accepted prior to 11:59 pm, EST, on February 26, 2012. The GCCF process has been replaced by a Transition Process and subsequently by a Court Supervised Claims Process. Claims that were in the process of review by the GCCF on the date of the order will be processed under the Transition Process and the entities involved in this process will have access to all claim forms and files in the possession of GCCF.

Claims Documents

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement website for claims documents and further information on how to submit your claim.

Online

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement website to submit your claim online.

Over the Phone

The toll-free helpline for claims is 1-800-992-6174 (for TTY assistance call 1-888-584-7624).

By Mail

Call the toll-free number to receive a claim form and mail to:

Regular Mail - Deepwater Horizon Economic Claim Center P.O. Box 1439 Hammond, LA 70404-1439

Overnight, Certified or Return Reciept - Deepwater Horizon Economic Claim Center c/o Claims Administrator 42548 Happy Woods Road Hammond, LA 70403

In Person

Visit one of the Florida claim office locations.


For more information on oil spill claims, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center's Oil Spill Claims Web site.