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Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs for 2008 to 2010
GAO-13-236: Published: Feb 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2013.
GAO found that for the 2008 to 2010 time frame covered by this review, the participating judges' share of normal cost was, on average, about 41 percent of the Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS) total normal costs, and the federal government's share of normal cost was about 59 percent of JSAS total normal costs. The federal government's share of JSAS normal costs increased over the years i...
National Mediation Board Mandates in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
GAO-12-835R: Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
We met with Congressional staff on May 3, 2012, and contacted them later by e-mail with a proposal regarding the information that we could report in response to the first mandate. Subsequently, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a comprehensive report on May 11, 2012, entitled Federal Labor Relations Statutes: An Overview, that addresses key questions posed by the first mandate.The in...
Asbestos Injury Compensation: The Role and Administration of Asbestos Trusts
GAO-11-819: Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2011.
Asbestos litigation arose out of millions of Americans' lengthy occupational exposure to asbestos which is linked to malignant and nonmalignant diseases. To date, about 100 companies have declared bankruptcy at least partially due to asbestos-related liability. In accordance with Chapter 11 and 524(g) of the federal bankruptcy code, a company may transfer its liabilities and certain assets to an a...
Campaign Finance Reform: Experiences of Two States That Offered Full Public Funding for Political Candidates
GAO-10-390: Published: May 28, 2010. Publicly Released: May 28, 2010.
The 2000 elections in Maine and Arizona were the first in the nation's history where candidates seeking state legislative seats had the option to fully fund their campaigns with public moneys. In 2003, GAO reviewed the public financing programs in Maine and Arizona and found the programs' goals were to (1) increase electoral competition; (2) increase voter choice; (3) curb increases in campaign co...
Final Review of Expenses from the Department of Justice Permanent Indefinite Appropriation Covering the 7-Month Period Ending September 30, 2009
GAO-10-524R: Published: Mar 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2010.
This report presents the results of our review of the expenses paid from the Department of Justice (DOJ) permanent, indefinite appropriation covering the 7- month period ending September 30, 2009. The expenses we reviewed were those paid out of the permanent, indefinite appropriation by DOJ between March 1, 2009, and September 30, 2009, to cover Independent and Special Counsel administrative activ...
Federal Bankruptcy Judges: Measuring Judges' Case-Related Workload
GAO-09-808T: Published: Jun 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2009.
The Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal judiciary's principal policymaking body, uses 1,500 annual weighted case filings per authorized judgeship (judgeship position) in a bankruptcy court as an indicator of the need for additional bankruptcy judgeships for that court. Total annual weighted case filings for any specific bankruptcy court is the sum of the weights associated with e...
Bankruptcy: Judiciary Should Take Further Steps to Make Bankruptcy Data More Accessible
GAO-09-28: Published: Dec 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2009.
There have been long-standing questions about a lack of comprehensive and reliable information on consumer bankruptcies. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Bankruptcy Reform Act) required the federal judiciary's Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) to collect and report certain additional bankruptcy statistics and required the U.S. Trustee Program, whi...
International Taxation: Large U.S. Corporations and Federal Contractors with Subsidiaries in Jurisdictions Listed as Tax Havens or Financial Privacy Jurisdictions
GAO-09-157: Published: Dec 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2009.
Many U.S. corporations operate globally and have foreign subsidiaries. The subsidiaries may be created, for example, to take advantage of sales opportunities or favorable labor conditions. In some cases they may be used to reduce taxes. GAO was asked to update its 2004 report on large federal contractors with subsidiaries in countries sometimes called tax havens because of low taxes and a general...
Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs
GAO-08-1104: Published: Sep 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2008.
The Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS) was created in 1956 to provide financial security for the families of deceased federal judges. It provides benefits to eligible spouses and dependent children of judges who elect coverage within 6 months of taking office, 6 months after getting married, 6 months after being elevated to a higher court, or during an open season authorized by statute. A...
Bankruptcy Reform: Dollar Costs Associated with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
GAO-08-697: Published: Jun 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2008.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Bankruptcy Reform Act) made significant changes to the administration of bankruptcy relief, affecting (1) the U.S. Trustee Program (Trustee Program), which oversees the bankruptcy process; (2) the federal judiciary, which includes bankruptcy courts and a central administrative support office; (3) consumers filing for bankruptcy;...