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Accountability * Integrity * Reliability
United States General Accounting Office Accounting and Information
Washington, DC 20548 Management Division
July 31, 2000
The Honorable Ernest J. Istook
Subcommittee on the District of Columbia
Committee on Appropriations
House of Representatives
Subject: DC Courts: Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Request and Financial Information
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter responds to your December 3, 1999, request that we review the District of
Columbia Courts' (DC Courts) fiscal year 2001 budget request and related issues. As you
are aware, the visibility of DC Courts' operations and budgets has increased primarily
because of deferred payments to court-appointed attorneys during the last quarter of each of
the past 2 fiscal years. This has raised concerns that DC Courts did not adequately estimate
the amount it needed to pay court-appointed attorneys for defender service costs for fiscal
years 1999 and 2000. In addition, DC Courts' recent statements indicate that its fiscal year
2000 defender services funds may not be sufficient.
Consistent with your request, we focused on the following three questions:
* Is DC Courts' fiscal year 2001 budget request reasonable?
* What were DC Courts' obligations and payments for fiscal year 1999 operations,
including totals charged for the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), Counsel for Child Abuse and
Neglect (CCAN), and the Guardianship programs?
* What are the DC Courts' obligations and payments related to its court operations and
defender services (previously identified as CJA, CCAN, and Guardianship programs)' to
date for fiscal year 2000?
Subsequently, you asked us to obtain information on the following issues:
* DC Courts' implementation of the Crime Victim Fund's legislation and
'The District of Columbia's fiscal year 2000 Appropriations Act separately appropriates funds for
"Defender Services in the District of Columbia Courts" to fund the CJA, CCAN, and Guardianship
GAO/AIMD-00-172R DC Courts FY 2001 Budget
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United States. General Accounting Office. DC Courts: Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Request and Financial Information, text, July 31, 2000; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298542/m1/1/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.