Report deems Sept. 11 Fund a success

Nov. 18, 2004 at 8:02 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A report by the administrator of the Sept. 11 compensation fund says it was successful, but also could have been more fair, the Washington Post reports.

Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, said there should have been equal payments instead of basing awards on factors such as the victim's age and potential lost income.

However, Feinberg said his opinion on uniform awards are personal observations, not official conclusions.

"I had the firefighter's widow saying to me, 'Mr. Feinberg, why am I getting $1 million less than the stockbroker's husband, who was pushing a pencil on the 103rd floor and my husband died a hero? I must be missing something,'" Feinberg told the newspaper.

Congress established the fund shortly after the attacks as part of legislation that provided billions of dollars to struggling airlines and protected the industry from potentially crippling lawsuits.

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