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Personal Bankruptcy: The Credit Research Center Report on Debtors' Ability To Pay
GGD-98-47: Published: Feb 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Credit Research Center report on personal bankruptcies, focusing on the report's research methodology and formula for estimating the income that debtors have available to pay debts.GAO noted that: (1) overall, the Center report represents a useful first step in analyzing the ability of bankruptcy debtors to pay their debts; (2) because there is...
Federal Judiciary: Bankruptcy Judgeship Requests, 1993-1997
T-GGD-97-183: Published: Sep 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1997.
GAO discussed the federal judiciary's assessment of its bankruptcy judgeship needs in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 assessment cycles.GAO found that: (1) the Judicial Conference's Bankruptcy Committee and the Judicial Conference generally followed the Conference's process and policies, and consistently applied the Conference's workload standards in assessing individual districts' requests for additiona...
Federal Judiciary: Information on Noncase-Related Travel of Bankruptcy Judges in 14 Bankruptcy Districts
GGD-97-166R: Published: Aug 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the noncase-related travel of the bankruptcy judges in each of 14 districts for calendar years 1995 and 1996, focusing on the dates, purpose, number of workdays required, cost, destination, and the organization that paid for each noncase-related trip.GAO noted that: (1) in assessing bankruptcy judge workload, the Judicial Conference...
Federal Offenders: Trends in Community Supervision
GGD-97-110: Published: Aug 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1997.
GAO reviewed the trends in the number of federal offenders serving terms of community supervision during fiscal years 1990 through 1996, focusing on: (1) the growth of the total supervision population and any changes in the composition of that population by type of supervision; (2) the number of offenders who had special conditions imposed on their terms of supervision, such as home confinement or...
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...
Courthouse Construction: Better Courtroom Use Data Could Enhance Facility Planning and Decisionmaking
GGD-97-39: Published: May 19, 1997. Publicly Released: May 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) construction and renovation of federal courtrooms, focusing on: (1) how often and for what purposes courtrooms have been used; and (2) what steps the judiciary is taking to assess space and courtroom usage issues.GAO noted that: (1) according to the judiciary, the availability of a trial courtroom is an i...
Courthouse Construction: Information on the Use of District Courtrooms at Selected Locations
GGD-97-59R: Published: May 19, 1997. Publicly Released: May 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on district courtroom usage in Denver, Colorado, Fresno, California, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Seattle, Washington, focusing on the 21-month period beginning January 1, 1995, and ending September 30, 1996.GAO noted that: (1) the data that GAO compiled and analyzed on district courtroom usage in Denver, Fresno, Salt Lake City, and Seattl...
Courthouse Construction: Improved 5-Year Plan Could Promote More Informed Decisionmaking
GGD-97-27: Published: Dec 31, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts' (AOC) 5-year courthouse construction plan, focusing on whether the 5-year plan: (1) reflects the judiciary's most urgent courthouse construction needs; and (2) provides information needed by decisionmakers to evaluate the relative merit of project proposals...
The Federal Judiciary: Reviews of Court Operations Should Adhere to Oversight Standards
GGD-96-114: Published: Jun 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts' (AOUSC) assessment of local court operations, focusing on whether AOUSC is promoting efficient administrative practices within the judiciary.GAO found that: (1) AOUSC issued uniform written standards for nonfinancial program reviews in November 1995; (2) most of the reviews requested for fiscal years 19...
Public Education: Issues Involving Single-Gender Schools and Programs
HEHS-96-122: Published: May 28, 1996. Publicly Released: May 28, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the major educational and legal issues involved with public single-gender education.GAO found that: (1) single-gender educational programs are thought to reduce dropout rates and improve overall academic performance among urban males and academic achievement in mathematics and science among females; (2) single-gender settings are believed to reduce...