Financial Audit: Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2007

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This report presents the results of our audit of expenditures reported by the Office of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the 6 months ended March 31, 2007. The Department of Justice and the independent counsels are required under 28 U.S.C. 594 (d)(2), (h) and 596 (c)(1) to report on a semiannual basis the expenditures from a permanent, indefinite appropriation established within the Department of Justice to fund independent counsel activities. Under 28 U.S.C. 596 (c)(2), we are required to audit the statement of expenditures prepared ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 28, 2007.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This report presents the results of our audit of expenditures reported by the Office of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the 6 months ended March 31, 2007. The Department of Justice and the independent counsels are required under 28 U.S.C. 594 (d)(2), (h) and 596 (c)(1) to report on a semiannual basis the expenditures from a permanent, indefinite appropriation established within the Department of Justice to fund independent counsel activities. Under 28 U.S.C. 596 (c)(2), we are required to audit the statement of expenditures prepared by any active independent counsels. For the 6 months ended March 31, 2007, there were no active independent counsels. However, we audited the statement of expenditures of Special Counsel Fitzgerald, who is authorized by the Department of Justice to fund his operation from the permanent, indefinite appropriation. The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 amended title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the judicial appointment of independent counsels when the Attorney General determines that reasonable grounds exist to warrant further investigation of high-ranking government officials for certain alleged crimes. The independent counsel law, which expired on June 30, 1999, was intended to preserve and promote the accountability and integrity of public officials and of the institutions of the federal government. Provisions of the law allowed the independent counsels serving at the expiration date to continue investigating pending matters until they determined that the investigations of such matters have been completed. As ordered by the Special Division, the Office of Independent Counsel Barrett, the last independent counsel to serve under the law, was terminated on May 3, 2006, and accordingly, no longer prepares a statement of expenditures. However, after that date, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) continued to perform administrative responsibilities and maintain the administrative records for the terminated office. During the 6 months ended March 31, 2007, several payments on that counsel's behalf were made, including $26,922 primarily for severance pay, $6,991 for printing of the final report, and $1,113 for support services rendered by AOUSC.4 However, we are not expressing an opinion on these amounts."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Financial Audit: Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2007, report, September 28, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc299341/: accessed July 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.