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Federal Courts: Differences Exist In Ordering Fines and Restitution
GGD-99-70: Published: May 6, 1999. Publicly Released: May 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal offenders who were ordered to pay criminal fines and victim restitution, focusing on: (1) the percentage of offenders who were ordered to pay fines or restitution in fiscal year (FY) 1997 and those who were not; (2) differences across judicial circuits and districts in the percent of offenders who were ordered to pay fines or...
Medicare Managed Care: Greater Oversight Needed to Protect Beneficiary Rights
HEHS-99-68: Published: Apr 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare's managed care beneficiary appeals process, focusing on: (1) the appeals process available to beneficiaries when managed care plans deny care or payment for services; (2) beneficiaries' use of the appeals process and the extent to which they are informed of their appeal rights; and (3) the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) over...
Federal Judiciary: Information on the Weighted Filings Assigned to Senior District and Magistrate Judges in Fiscal Year 1997 in 21 District Courts
GGD-99-37R: Published: Mar 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the weighted filings assigned to senior district and magistrate judges in fiscal year (FY) 1997 in 21 district courts, and the impact on nonsenior district judge workload of the FY 1997: (1) weighted filings assigned to senior district judges; and (2) weighted civil consent cases assigned to magistrate judges in each of the districts...
Federal Judiciary: Information on the Use of Recalled Magistrate and Bankruptcy Judges
GGD-99-22: Published: Jan 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) whether the demand for recalled magistrate and bankruptcy judges has exceeded the number of judges available to serve in recalled positions; (2) whether the courts that recalled judges had judgeship vacancies or higher than average weighted case filings; and (3) the approximate 1-year cost savings associated with using a recalled judge rathe...
Fines and Restitution: Improvement Needed in How Offenders' Payment Schedules Are Determined
GGD-98-89: Published: Jun 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed court orders of fines and restitution imposed on federal criminal offenders, focusing on: (1) identifying guidance available to probation officers on how to determine payment schedules for offenders who received orders to pay fines to the government and restitution to their victims; and (2) assessing, in two judicial districts, how offenders' payme...
Employer-Based Managed Care Plans: ERISA's Effect on Remedies for Benefit Denials and Medical Malpractice
HEHS-98-154: Published: Jul 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how people enrolled in employer-based managed care plans are compensated when they are improperly denied health care benefits or when they experience negligent medical care and the role that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plays, focusing on: (1) whether the transition from traditional employer-based fee-for-service health plans...
Defense Commissaries: Issues Related to the Sale of Electronic Scanner Data
NSIAD-98-146: Published: Jun 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Defense Commissary Agency's (DeCA) sale of scanner data and its implementation of category management, focusing on DeCA's: (1) total revenue from selling scanner data and the comparison of license revenues to amounts offered by firms responding to the June 1995 solicitation; (2) implementation of category management as it relates to requirement...
Independent Counsels: Inquiry Regarding Expenditures
AIMD-98-140R: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 1, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the specificity of expenditure data reported by independent counsels, and the extent to which GAO compiles and maintains itemized information and supporting documentation for the expenditures.GAO noted that: (1) in its most recent audit, GAO reported that the independent counsels' statement of expenditures were reliable in all materi...
Federal Judiciary: Information on Noncase-Related Travel of Article III Judges in 6 Circuits and 34 Districts
GGD-98-67R: Published: Mar 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the noncase-related travel of Article III judges for the period January 1, 1995, through September 30, 1997, focusing on circuit courts of appeals and districts for which the Judicial Conference of the United States: (1) requested additional judgeships in March 1997; and (2) did not request judgeships, but which had experienced a jud...
Federal Judiciary: Information on the Population and Case Filings Per Judgeship for U.S. District Courts
GGD-98-57R: Published: Feb 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the distribution of the number of federal district court judgeships throughout the United States and the population and case filings per district court judgeship in each district and each state, focusing on: (1) the average population per authorized, active, and recommended federal district court judgeship by district and by state; (...