White House won’t grade Ken Feinberg’s performance on oil spill claims

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday declined to say whether the Obama administration approves of the job Ken Feinberg is doing overseeing the oil spill claims process.

Carney said the Department of Justice has expressed some concerns about, and recommended changes to, the claims process, but he maintained the White House’s silence on assessing the performance of the claims czar and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, or GCCF.

In a written statement Wednesday, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, said Mississippi residents and businesses should have an accountable and effective claims process.

“Too often we have to fight to make sure the people of the Gulf Coast get fair treatment,” he said. “Mr. Feinberg should be given the opportunity to fully compensate those who suffered damages.”