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Federal Courthouses: Actions Needed to Enhance Capital Security Program and Improve Collaboration
GAO-17-215: Published: Feb 16, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2017.
Three federal agencies—the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), the U.S. Marshals Service (Marshals Service), and the Federal Protective Service (FPS)—collect information about security concerns at federal courthouses related to the agencies' respective missions. However, only AOUSC develops information that can be used to understand security concerns across the courthouse portfol...
Federal Judiciary: Progress Made in Reducing Appellate Space, but Innovative Practices Should Be Shared across Courts
GAO-17-134: Published: Dec 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2016.
Various judicial policies, such as those in the U.S. Courts Design Guide, help guide appellate space use decisions. Other key policies include the judiciary's national 3 percent space-reduction target and the No Net New policy, which requires regional judicial circuits—including each circuit's court of appeals—to offset space increases with equivalent reductions. In practice, space use decis...
Federal Prison System: Justice Has Used Alternatives to Incarceration, But Could Better Measure Program Outcomes
GAO-16-516: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal judiciary officials reported considering numerous factors when using alternatives to incarceration at or before an offender's sentencing, but DOJ does not reliably track the use of some alternatives. A variety of alternatives can be used for offenders at or before sentencing, such as referral to state and local prosecutors, pretrial release, and probation. O...
Federal Judiciary: Improvements Needed for Collecting Judges' Non-Case-Related Travel Information
GAO-16-70: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015.
From fiscal years 2003 through 2014, judges have used a separate system to report their non-case-related (NCR) travel costs paid for by government and private sources. These NCR travel costs averaged $8.8 million per year. However, while the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) tracks the costs of all official travel in its accounting systems of record, the NCR system does not collect...
Federal Judiciary: Improved Cost Savings Estimates Could Help Better Assess Cost Containment Efforts
GAO-16-97: Published: Nov 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2015.
The federal judiciary has implemented cost containment initiatives for over 10 years, but the judiciary does not fully know how much it has saved because it has not developed a reliable method for estimating cost savings achieved. For example, GAO found that the judiciary's estimate of cost savings primarily attributed to cost containment initiatives since fiscal year 2005—nearly $1.5 billion, r...
Federal Judiciary: Efforts to Consolidate and Share Services between District and Bankruptcy Clerks' Offices
GAO-13-531: Published: Jun 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2013.
What GAO FoundFew federal judicial districts have consolidated their court clerks' offices; courts are sharing services among the clerks' offices, but the costs and benefits are unclear. Four of the 91 districts served by bankruptcy courts have consolidated the clerks' offices of the district and bankruptcy courts. Court officials in districts that are not considering consolidation told GAO that...
Federal Courthouses: Most Recommended New Construction Projects Do Not Qualify Under Improved Capital-Planning Process
GAO-13-523T: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The AMP process, which the judiciary has applied to about 67 percent of its courthouses, represents progress by the judiciary in aligning its capital-planning process with leading capital-planning practices, but the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects from Congress lacks transparency and key information. For example, the AMP process better aligns with leading pr...
Federal Courthouses: Recommended Construction Projects Should Be Evaluated under New Capital- Planning Process
GAO-13-263: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The Asset Management Planning (AMP) process represents progress by the federal judiciary (judiciary) in better aligning its capital-planning process with leading capitalplanning practices, but its 5-year plan for fiscal years 2014 to 2018--the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects--lacks transparency and key information on how projects qualify for new construction...
Federal Courthouses Construction: Nationwide Space and Cost Overages Also Apply to Miami Project
GAO-13-461T: Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Florida, along with the other 32 federal courthouses completed from 2000 to March 2010 include 3.56 million square feet of extra space consisting of space that was constructed (1) above the congressionally authorized size, (2) because of overestimating the number of judges the courthouses would have, and (3) without planning for courtroom shari...
L.A. Courthouse: Initial Project Justification Is Outdated and Flawed
GAO-12-968T: Published: Aug 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2012.
Because of delays and cost increases, the General Services Administration (GSA) canceled the authorized 41-courtroom Los Angeles (L.A.), California, courthouse project in 2006. Since then, GSA and the judiciary have been slow to agree upon how to proceed with the project, for which about $366 million in appropriated funds remains available. In 2012, with the judiciarys support, GSA issued a...