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Department of Justice's Activities to Address Past Election-Related Voting Irregularities
GAO-04-1041R: Published: Sep 14, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2004.
Election-day problems in Florida and elsewhere in November 2000 raised concerns about voting systems that included, among other things, alleged voting irregularities that may have affected voter access to the polls. The term voting irregularities generally refers to a broad array of complaints relating to voting and/or elections that may involve violations of federal voting rights and/or federal c...
No FEAR Act: Methods the Justice Department Says It Could Use to Account for Its Per-Case Costs Under the Act
GAO-04-863: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
Allegations of violations of employment discrimination and whistleblower protection laws against federal agencies can end up in federal court, at which point Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys generally take over representation of the agency. Attorneys within Justice's Civil Division and U.S. Attorneys Offices generally handle this type of litigation. The Notifications and Federal Employee Anti...
U.S. Attorneys: Performance-Based Initiatives are Evolving
GAO-04-422: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2004.
Within the Department of Justice (DOJ), the 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices represent the United States in criminal and civil matters across the nation. The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 requires federal agencies, including DOJ, to set goals and objectives, measure performance, and report their accomplishments in order to move toward a performance-based environment. Integral to a...
File Sharing: Selected Universities Report Taking Action to Reduce Copyright Infringement
GAO-04-503: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2004.
The emergence of peer-to-peer file-sharing applications that allow networks to share computer files among millions of users has changed the way copyrighted materials, including digital music, videos, software, and images can be distributed and has led to a dramatic increase in the incidence of copyright infringement (piracy) of these digital materials. These applications enable direct communicatio...
Public Accounting Firms: Mandated Study on Consolidation and Competition
GAO-03-864: Published: Jul 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2003.
The audit market for large public companies is an oligopoly, with the largest firms auditing the vast majority of public companies and smaller firms facing significant barriers to entry into the market. Mergers among the largest firms in the 1980s and 1990s and the dissolution of Arthur Andersen in 2002 significantly increased concentration among the largest firms, known as the "Big 4." These four...
File-Sharing Programs: Peer-to-Peer Networks Provide Ready Access to Child Pornography
GAO-03-351: Published: Feb 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2003.
The availability of child pornography has dramatically increased in recent years as it has migrated from printed material to the World Wide Web, becoming accessible through Web sites, chat rooms, newsgroups, and now the increasingly popular peer-to-peer file-sharing programs. These programs enable direct communication between users, allowing users to access each other's files and share digital mus...
Government Contracting: Adjudicated Violations of Certain Laws by Federal Contractors
GAO-03-163: Published: Nov 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2002.
Because of its interest in this area, Congress asked that we address the following questions: (1) To what extent have federal contractors violated federal environmental, labor and employment, antitrust, consumer protection, and tax laws (the areas of law specified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule)? and (2) What FAR rule implementation issues were identified in our work in response...
Telecommunications: Issues in Providing Cable and Satellite Television Services
GAO-03-130: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television service has grown to become the principal competitor to cable television systems. In October 2001, the two primary DBS companies, EchoStar and DirecTV, proposed a merger plan that is pending before the Department of Justice and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it had declined to approve. GAO was asked to examine se...
Inspectors General: Comparison of Ways Law Enforcement Authority Is Granted
GAO-02-437: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2002.
At federal offices of inspectors general (IG), criminal investigators can make warrantless arrests, obtain and execute search warrants, and carry firearms. Because IGs lack permanent statutory law enforcement authority, most presidentially appointed IGs have to request temporary deputation from the Department of Justice (DOJ). However, presidentially appointed IGs at the U.S. Department of Agricul...
Medicare Fraud and Abuse: DOJ Continues to Promote Compliance with False Claims Act Guidance
GAO-02-546: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered more than $1.2 billion in health care fraud cases in fiscal year 2001. The False Claims Act bolstered DOJ's recoveries and enabled the government to seek damages and penalties against providers who knowingly submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare, Medicaid, or other government programs. In the late 1990s, industry representatives voiced concerns that DOJ...