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CFO Alex Sink Renews Call for Federal Takeover of Claims Process

6/11/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
 TALLAHASSEE—Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Tracy Wareing, Integrated Services Team lead for the National Incident Command, renewing her call for the Federal government to take over the oil spill claims process and offering the resources of the Department of Financial Services in order to simplify and expedite the claims process.
 
“After weeks of working to help Florida’s small businesses, I believe now more than ever that the Federal government should completely take over the claims process and just send BP the bill,” wrote CFO Sink. “In order to appropriately and effectively address the needs of our citizens, I am asking for a person from your office who will work with my staff to simplify and expedite the claims process.”
 
A copy of the letter follows below:
 
Tracy Wareing
Lead for the Integrated Services Team
National Incident Command
 
June 11, 2010
 
Dear Ms. Wareing:
 
I was glad to learn of your appointment by Admiral Thad Allen to oversee the BP claims process and I commend the Federal government for taking a more aggressive approach to the oversight of BP’s claims process. I have repeatedly called on BP executives to improve the process to help our small business owners survive this unprecedented disaster, and your presence strengthens the call.
 
As a statewide elected member of the Florida Cabinet and Florida’s CFO, I oversee the Department of Financial Services (DFS). One of our key roles is to aid consumers through a transparent and accountable process with financial and insurance issues, including insurance claims. After weeks of working to help Florida’s small businesses, I believe now more than ever that the Federal government should completely take over the claims process and just send BP the bill.
 
As Floridians began to work with the BP claims process, they turned to us with their questions and frustrations. Now with your help, it is my hope that Floridians will benefit from the support of the Federal government, as well. In order to appropriately and effectively address the needs of our citizens, I am asking for a person from your office who will work with my staff to simplify and expedite the claims process.
 
I also offer you and your agency the same access to a senior member of my staff familiar with the claims process to serve in that role for Florida. We have tremendous experience in the claims process, serving up to 300,000 Floridians annually, and having responded to more than 500,000 storm victims’ questions and concerns about the claims and adjusting process during the 2004-05 hurricane seasons alone. We also have the technology and an outreach team in place to facilitate rapid communication, which we have leveraged on behalf of affected citizens.
 
I look forward to working with you.  Please know that you have access to all of the claims expertise of the Department of Financial Services as you work on this issue.
 
Thank you in advance for all of the work that you will do to help Floridians.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Alex Sink
 
cc:  Admiral Thad Allen