Federal Courts (21 - 30 of 72 items)
Consequences of the Ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Forest Management Projects
GAO-01-51R: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 2001.
The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit resulted in the Forest Service's suspending or maintaining the suspension of 49 projects within Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests--11 for contracted timber sales and 27 for vegetative management actions. The decision did not result in the suspension of projects in other national forests in Alabama and Florida. Ac...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs and Benefit Levels
GGD-97-87: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS), focusing on: (1) the system's costs; (2) whether the participants' contributions covered one-half of the costs; and (3) the adjustments needed to achieve the 50-percent figure if the contributions are less than one half of the system's costs.GAO noted that: (1) the participating...