Independent Counsel:

Expenditure and Other Information for the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr/Robert W. Ray

AIMD-00-283R: Published: Aug 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the expenditures for the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr/Robert W. Ray, focusing on: (1) the office's responses to 46 questions; (2) whether the expenditures were incurred under Independent Counsel Starr's or Independent Counsel Ray's tenure; and (3) the total costs of the investigation to date.

GAO noted that: (1) the independent counsel's office updated 37 answers of the 46 questions provided; (2) according to officials in the independent counsel's office, they did not answer the remaining nine questions because the office did not have sufficient information to respond or it would have had to expend significant resources to review almost 6 years of records to provide responses; (3) the answers are as of June 30, 2000; (4) GAO did not audit the answers, nor did GAO evaluate the reasons given for not answering questions; (5) GAO issued its most recent report on independent counsel expenditures on March 31, 2000, covering expenditures for the 6 months ended September 30, 1999; and (6) total expenditures through September 30, 1999, were $52 million, including $36 million from the permanent, indefinite appropriation established to fund independent counsel activities, and $16 million from other appropriations for details and other costs from federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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