The Mobile Press-Register is reporting that oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg has agreed to an audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent Feinberg a letter, which he wrote would “confirm your conversation … in which you agreed … to an independent audit of the GCCF.” Other officials, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, had called for an audit amid lingering concerns about transparency in the claims process.

To date, the facility has paid nearly $2 billion to claimants in Florida. Of the 119,947 who have filed claims from Florida in the second phase of the process, more than 30,000 have been denied. Most of those who have gotten paid — 48,116 — have opted for so-called “quick pay” claims.

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