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Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs
GAO-02-763: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
The Federal Courts Administration Act of 1992 requires GAO to review certain aspects of the Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS), one of several survivor benefit plans applicable to federal employees. JSAS provides annuities to surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased Supreme Court Justices, judges of the United States, and other participating judicial officials. For the 3 years...
Courthouse Construction: Information on Courtroom Sharing
GAO-02-341: Published: Apr 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
In recent years, concerns have been raised that new courtrooms continue to be built for district judges, even though existing courtrooms appear to be under used. The judiciary wants to maintain its one-judge, one-courtroom policy because of concerns about the effect of shared courtroom space on judicial administration. The judiciary has not, however, determined whether courtroom sharing may be pos...
Financial Audit: Independent and Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2001
GAO-02-443: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2002.
This report describes GAO's audits of expenditures reported by six offices of independent counsel and one office of special counsel for the six months ended September 2001. GAO found that the statements of expenditures for the offices of independent counsels and office of special counsel were presented fairly in all material respects. There were no material weaknesses in internal control over fina...
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee
GAO-01-914: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
This report reviews the Cleveland and Milwaukee school voucher programs, which provide money for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Both programs require participating private schools to be located within the city or the city's school district and to adhere to state standards for private schools, such as those covering health and safety. In both Cleveland and Milwaukee,...
Financial Audit: Independent and Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2001
GAO-01-1035: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
This report presents the results of GAO audits of expenditures reported by six offices of independent counsel for fiscal year 2001. In its audits, GAO found (1) the statements of expenditures presented for the offices of independent counsel David M. Barrett, Carol Elder Bruce, Ralph I. Lancaster, Daniel S. Pearson, Robert W. Ray, and Donald C. Smaltz, and special counsel John C. Danforth, respecti...
Retiree Health Benefits: Employer-Sponsored Benefits May Be Vulnerable to Further Erosion
GAO-01-374: Published: May 1, 2001. Publicly Released: May 31, 2001.
In 1999, nearly 10 million retired people aged 55 or older relied on employer-sponsored health insurance as either their primary source of coverage or as a supplement to their Medicare coverage. Some of these persons are concerned about the continued availability of employer-sponsored coverage. Premium increases and forecasts for a potential economic slowdown could further erode employer-sponsored...
Financial Audit: Independent and Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2000
GAO-01-505: Published: Mar 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2001.
This report presents the results of GAO's audits of expenditures reported by six offices of independent counsel and one office of special counsel for the six months ending September 30, 2000. GAO found the statements of expenditures for the offices of independent counsel and office of special counsel were presented fairly in all material respects. There were no material weaknesses in internal cont...
Federal Judiciary Space: Update on Improvement of the Long-Range Planning Process
GAO-01-308R: Published: Jan 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2001.
GAO reported on the Administrative Office of the United States Courts' (AOUSC) progress in implementing six GAO recommendations to improve its long-range space planning process. AOUSC has fully implemented five of the six recommendations and partially implemented one. Specifically, AOUSC began (1) using a statistical classification technique, known as cluster analysis, to create groups of federal...
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Definition and List of Community Land Grants in New Mexico (Exposure Draft)
GAO-01-330: Published: Jan 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2001.
Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which formally ended the Mexican-American War, the United States assumed control over vast new territories, including much of what is now the state of New Mexico. The United States agreed to recognize ownership of property, including the ownership of land grants, in the ceded areas. Whether the United States carried out the provisions of the treaty, e...
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...