Acquisition of ADP Resources by the Federal Judicial Center and by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

FGMSD-79-30: Published: Jun 21, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1979.

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A survey was conducted of the acquisition of automatic data processing (ADP) resources for use in both research and court case management by the Federal Judicial Center and by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The Federal Judicial Center claims exemption from established Federal acquisition policies and procedures when acquiring ADP equipment and services.

The Federal Judicial Center is defined as a Federal agency within the judicial branch and, therefore, is not exempt from procurement regulations. The Center must comply with regulations in all ADP equipment and services procurement. The criminal case flow management segment of the COURTRAN II system, which could help facilitate compliance with the Speedy Trial Act of 1974, has not yet been widely implemented in the U.S. courts. The automation of the fiscal operation in the U.S. courts has been considered for only one U.S. district court. If each U.S. court conducts a separate, fully competitive procurement to automate its own fiscal operation, the probability of standardizing fiscal operations nationwide becomes more remote. The Administrative Office should initiate the development of a standard fiscal system design concept.

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