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Courthouse Construction: Sufficient Data and Analysis Would Help Resolve the Courtroom-Sharing Issue
GAO-01-70: Published: Dec 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2000.
The judiciary is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar courthouse construction program. New courthouses are being built to house new judgeships created because of increasing caseloads and to replace obsolete courthouses occupied by existing judges. For years, there has been a debate about whether district judges could share courtrooms to save taxpayer dollars without compromising judicial administ...
District of Columbia: Receiver's Plan to Return Control of Mental Health Commission Is Evolving
GAO-01-157: Published: Oct 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
The failure by the District of Columbia's Commission on Mental Health Services to provide community-based mental health services, as required by a 1974 court ruling, prompted a judge to appoint a receiver to carry out the court's order. Control of mental health services is scheduled to be returned to the Commission in April 2001. Although the transitional receiver is developing a plan to enhance t...
Intellectual Property: Deposits of Biological Materials in Support of Certain Patent Applications
GAO-01-49: Published: Oct 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2000.
Under U.S. patent law, a patent must describe the subject invention in enough detail for someone skilled in that field to use or make it. In cases involving biological materials, the inventor may have to submit a sample. Some members of the biotechnology industry believe that biological deposits make patent infringement easier, reasoning that a person or organization can obtain a sample of the dep...
Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs
GGD-00-125: Published: May 25, 2000. Publicly Released: May 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Judicial Survivors' Annuities Systems (JSAS), which provides annuities to the surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased federal judges and other judicial officials who participate in JSAS.GAO noted that: (1) the participating judges did not pay one-half of the JSAS normal cost during fiscal years 1996 through 199...
Foster Care: Status of the District of Columbia's Child Welfare System Reform Efforts
T-HEHS-00-109: Published: May 5, 2000. Publicly Released: May 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the court-appointed receivership for the District of Columbia's child welfare system, focusing on: (1) the progress the receivership has made to comply with the requirements of the modified final order (MFO); and (2) key elements that are essential for additional reforms to occur.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work has shown that resolvin...
Bid Protests: Characteristics of Cases Filed in Federal Courts
GGD/OGC-00-72: Published: Apr 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on small business bid protests that have been filed in district courts and the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC) since the Administration Dispute Resolution Act took effect on December 31, 1996, focusing on the: (1) number of bid protest cases filed in the U.S. district courts and COFC between January 1, 1997, and April 30,...
Financial Audit: Independent Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended September 30, 1999
AIMD-00-120: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO audited the expenditures of eight offices of independent counsel (OIC) for the six months ended September 30, 1999.GAO noted that: (1) the statements of expenditures for OIC were fairly presented in all material respects; (2) GAO's consideration of internal controls, which was limited for the purpose of determining GAO's procedures for auditing the statemen...
Financial Audit: Independent Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 1999
AIMD-99-292: Published: Sep 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO audited the expenditures of eight independent counsels for the 6 months ended March 31, 1999.GAO noted that: (1) the statements of expenditures for the offices of independent counsel Arlin M. Adams, Larry D. Thompson, David M. Barrett, Carol Elder Bruce, Ralph I. Lancaster, Daniel S. Pearson, Donald C. Smaltz, Kenneth W. Starr, and Curtis E. von Kann pres...
D.C. Courts: Staffing Level Determination Could Be More Rigorous
GGD-99-162: Published: Aug 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on personnel management in the District of Columbia (D.C.) courts, focusing on: (1) staffing and workload levels for the courts from 1989 through 1998; (2) how the courts evaluate the sufficiency of the levels of nonjudicial staff who work on processing and disposition of cases; and (3) a comparison of the D.C. courts' staffing methodol...
Independent Counsels: GAO Audit Responsibilities After OIC Termination
AIMD-99-164R: Published: Jun 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on its audit responsibilities for independent counsels who have completed their investigations or whose offices have been officially terminated.GAO noted that: (1) Public Law 100-202 established a permanent, indefinite appropriation to fund independent counsel operations; (2) independent counsels are required under 28 U.S.C. 596(c)(1) t...