“We will have more details to provide on that process soon,” 대변인이 말했다. “더욱 넓게, the secretary’s top priority is the health, safety and security of the department’s personnel and family members. The department is doing everything possible to ensure that employees who report an AHI [anomalous health incident] receive immediate and appropriate attention and care.”
워싱턴 포스트 was first to report on the compensation amounts that some victims are expected to receive
The Biden administration has already blown past the April deadline to deliver the required regulations, frustrating Congress and victims as the interagency approach to this mysterious illness has already been plagued by dysfunction and complications.
In order to be implemented
, 소위 Havana Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law late last year
, requires the State Department and the CIA to define what would qualify as an injury to the brain
. It does not require the departments to share the same definition
As victims wait for the rule to be published, there are concerns about the departments potentially coming up with separate definitions, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN. There are also concerns about the two departments coming up with different compensation amounts for the victims, which the legislation also orders them to determine. That could result in two US government employees from different agencies having similar incidents but being compensated with different amounts.
The departments met separately with outside doctors and specialists to determine how they would define an injury to the brain, 소식통은 말했다.
“It is incumbent that the CIA and State use the same criteria to implement the Havana Act
. Both for who is considered a victim
, and what level of compensation one is entitled to
. I remain concerned that both agencies will not follow the intent of what is now law
, based on the historic USG failure to take the victims
’ cases seriously
,” 말했다 Marc Polymeropoulos
, a former CIA officer who suffered a mysterious attack in Moscow in
2017. “생각해 내다, this law is designed to provide financial relief for victims whose careers and lives have been destroyed
, and who have suffered mental
, physical and financial hardships.
In the coming days or weeks the Office of Management and Budget is expected to release those definitions and compensation amounts, after they have gone through a US government review, 소식통은 말했다.
When OMB releases the rule, there will be a 30-day period of public commenting, which will allow those with invested interests to give feedback before the rule is put into place in accordance with the legislation. Victims predict the response could be overwhelming and heated if there are definitions they do not agree with or compensation amounts that seem unfair.