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DOD Financial Management: Adjudication of Butterbaugh Claims for the Restoration of Annual Leave or Pay
GAO-08-948R: Published: Jul 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2008.
This report formally transmits a briefing in response to section 1045 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. The Act required GAO to review and report on the adjudication of claims filed as a result of the 2003 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Butterbaugh v. Department of Justice. In that case, the Court decided that federal empl...
American Samoa: Issues Associated with Potential Changes to the Current System for Adjudicating Matters of Federal Law
GAO-08-655: Published: Jun 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2008.
American Samoa is the only populated U.S. insular area that does not have a federal court. Congress has granted the local High Court federal jurisdiction for certain federal matters, such as specific areas of maritime law. GAO was asked to conduct a study of American Samoa's system for addressing matters of federal law. Specifically, this report discusses: (1) the current system for adjudicating m...
Bankruptcy: Implementation of Reform Act's Debt Reaffirmation Agreement Provisions
GAO-08-94: Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (referred to hereafter as the Reform Act) included provisions to better inform individuals who file for personal bankruptcy about their options for reaffirming debt--whereby filers may voluntarily agree to pay certain creditors in an effort to retain assets, such as an automobile. Reaffirmation agreements between debtors and credi...
Employer-Sponsored Benefits: Many Factors Affect the Treatment of Pension and Health Benefits in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
GAO-07-1101: Published: Sep 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2007.
In recent years, considerable debate has centered on companies using the chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization process to reduce or eliminate employer-sponsored benefits in an effort to become more competitive. Congress recently enacted several laws, in part, to help address this issue. Most notably, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) and th...
D.C. Child and Family Services Agency: Performance Has Improved, but Exploring Health Care Options and Providing Specialized Training May Further Enhance Performance
GAO-06-1093: Published: Sep 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2006.
The District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has a history of serious performance problems. A court case in 1989 set in motion sweeping efforts to improve the District's child welfare system. Since then, CFSA has worked to meet performance requirements ordered by the U.S. District Court. However, recent reports by the court monitor show that CFSA is not meeting performance re...
Human Capital: Trends in Executive and Judicial Pay
GAO-06-708: Published: Jun 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2006.
Critical to the success of the federal government's transformation are its people--human capital. Yet, the government has not transformed, in many cases, how it classifies, compensates, develops, and motivates its employees to achieve maximum results within available resources and existing authorities. GAO has reported that the federal government as a whole may face challenges in offering competit...
Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs
GAO-05-955: Published: Sep 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2005.
The Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS) was created in 1956 to provide financial security for the families of deceased federal judges. It provides benefits to eligible spouses and dependent children of judges who elect coverage within 6 months of taking office, 6 months after getting married, or 6 months after being elevated to a higher court, or during an open season authorized by statute...
District of Columbia: Federal Funds for Foster Care Improvements Used to Implement New Programs, but Challenges Remain
GAO-05-787: Published: Jul 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2005.
To help improve foster care in the District of Columbia, the Congress provided $14 million for fiscal year 2004 to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). These funds were for programs for early intervention, emergency support, and student loan repayments; computer technology upgrades, mental...
L.A. Federal Courthouse Project: Current Proposal Addresses Space Needs, but Some Security and Operational Concerns Would Remain
GAO-05-158: Published: Dec 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2004.
Since the early 1990s, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the federal judiciary have been carrying out a multibillion dollar courthouse construction initiative to address the judiciary's growing space needs. To plan for and make funding decisions on projects, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and GSA have relied on a rolling 5-year plan prepared annually by the judiciary th...
District of Columbia: Status of Reforms to the District's Mental Health System
GAO-04-387: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2004.
Since 1975, the District of Columbia has operated its mental health system under a series of court orders aimed at developing a community-based system of care for District residents with mental illnesses. Placed in receivership from 1997 to 2002, the District regained full control of its mental health system in 2002 but has been ordered to implement a courtapproved plan for developing and implemen...