Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, 65, has already paid out more than $1.9 billion in compensation. President Barack Obama appointed Feinberg, a lawyer who oversaw compensation of 9/11 victims, to handle the fund.
Feinberg faces intense criticism from lawmakers, state officials and business groups about the way he has handled the Gulf compensation. They accuse of him of inconsistency in how claims are evaluated and offering too little money.
As of Nov. 20, more than 411,000 claims had been submitted. More than 122,000 claims were paid or approved, and almost 61,200 denied.
BP is paying Feinberg's company $850,000 a month administer the fund.