Wicker seeks audit of BP oil spill fund

WASHINGTON — The U.S. attorney general would be legally required to appoint an independent auditor for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility under an amendment added to a Senate spending bill early Friday morning.
Ken Feinberg, leader of the claims facility commonly called GCCF, agreed to such an audit in July, at the request of Attorney General Eric Holder.
If the Senate amendment passes Congress and is signed by the president, such an audit would be mandated by law. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, added similar language to a House spending bill in July.
In an emailed statement, Feinberg expressed no opposition to the audit requests.
“I have said all along we welcome an independent audit and have been working with the Department of Justice,” the statement said.
This week’s Senate effort was led by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo and others.