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United States General Accounting Office Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC 20548
April 3, 2000
Ms. Anne Wicks
Acting Executive Officer
District of Columbia Courts
Subject: District of Columbia Courts Appropriation Accounting
Dear Ms. Wicks:
By letter dated January 20, 2000, the former Executive Officer, District of Columbia
Courts, asked the following questions concerning the proper accounting for certain
payments by D.C. Courts for the D.C. Criminal Justice Act (CJA), the Counsel for
Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and the Guardianship programs.'
(1) Is the appropriation for "Defender Services in the District of Columbia Courts" the
"applicable appropriation" to charge prior fiscal year obligations for purposes of
section 108 of a joint resolution making continuing appropriations for fiscal year
2000 (continuing resolution)?2
(2) Are the "Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts" and "Defender
Service in the District of Columbia Courts" appropriations for fiscal year 2000
available to pay any prior fiscal year(s) CJA, CCAN, and Guardianship program
obligations not paid before enactment of the District of Columbia Appropriations
Act, 20003 or not paid out of interest earned on the fiscal year 1999 "Federal
Payment to the District of Columbia Courts"?
1 The former Executive Officer also asked about the applicability of a government-
wide rescission to the fiscal year 2000 appropriation for D.C. Courts. We will address
this issue in a separate response. Also, for ease of presentation, we will hereafter
characterize questions and representations from the former Executive Officer as
from D.C. Courts.
2 Pub. L. No. 106-62, 113 Stat. 505, 507 September 30, 1999, as amended.
3 Pub. L. No. 106-113, Division A, Title I, 113 Stat. 1501, November 29, 1999.
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