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Legal Services Corporation: Governance and Accountability Practices Need to Be Modernized and Strengthened

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was federally created as a private nonprofit corporation to support legal assistance for low-income people to resolve their civil matters and relies heavily on federal appropriations. Due to its unique status, its governance and accountability requirements differ from those of federal entities and nonprofits. This report responds to a congressional request that GAO review LSC board oversight of LSC's operations and whether LSC has sufficient governance and accountability. GAO's report objectives are to (1) compare LSC's framework for corporate governance and accountability to others', (2) evaluate LSC's governance practices, and (3) evaluate LSC's internal control and financial reporting practices. We reviewed the LSC Act, legislative history, relevant standards and requirements, and LSC documentation and accountability requirements and interviewed board and staff."
Date: August 15, 2007
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: More Needs to Be Done to Correct Case Service Reporting Problems

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) what efforts the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and its grantees have made to correct problems with case service reporting; and (2) whether these efforts are likely to resolve the case reporting problems that occurred in 1997."
Date: September 20, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: Improvements Needed in Governance, Accountability, and Grants Management and Oversight

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This testimony discuss GAO's recent reviews of Legal Services Corporation's (LSC) governance, accountability and grants management practices. LSC's mission is to make federal funding available to provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income people throughout the United States on everyday legal problems. LSC pursues this mission by providing financial assistance, mostly through grants to legal service providers (grant recipients or grantees) who serve low-income members of the community who would otherwise not be able to afford legal assistance (clients). Established by a federal charter in 1974 as a federally funded, private nonprofit corporation, LSC is highly dependent on federal appropriations for its operations. LSC received $348.6 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2007, which made up about 99 percent of its total funding. In 2007, LSC served clients through 137 grantees with more than 900 offices serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and current and former U.S. territories. LSC uses the majority of its funding to provide grants to local legal-service providers. Funds are distributed based on the number of low-income persons living within a service area, with some grantees maintaining several offices within their service area. LSC management is responsible for ensuring that grant funds are used for their intended purposes and in accordance with laws and regulations. Thus, LSC is accountable for the effectiveness of its own internal controls and for providing oversight and monitoring of grantees' internal controls, use of grant funds, and compliance with laws and regulations. LSC's Board of Directors is responsible for carrying out fiduciary responsibilities in overseeing LSC management's operations and use of appropriated funds. In recent years, governance and accountability processes have received increased scrutiny and emphasis in the nonprofit, federal agency, and public company sectors as ...
Date: May 22, 2008
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: Some Progress Made in Addressing Governance and Accountability Weaknesses, But Challenges Remain

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In August 2007, GAO reported (GAO-07-993) that Legal Services Corporation (LSC) had not kept up with evolving reforms aimed at strengthening governance, accountability and internal controls. In December 2007, GAO reported (GAO-08-37) weaknesses in LSC's internal controls over grants management and oversight of grantees. GAO was asked to testify on the status of accountability practices of the LSC. GAO's testimony is primarily a summary of our prior reporting, but includes follow up work conducted between May and October 2009 to obtain information on the status of our prior recommendations."
Date: October 27, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: More Needs to be Done to Correct Case Service Reporting Problems

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the two reviews that it has completed pertaining to case service reporting (CSR) by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), focusing on: (1) what efforts LSC and its grantees have made to correct case reporting problems; and (2) whether these efforts are likely to resolve the case reporting problems that occurred in 1997."
Date: September 29, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: Substantial Problems in 1997 Case Reporting by Five Grantees

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed five of the Legal Services Corporation's (LSC) largest grantees, focusing on whether the grantee: (1) properly documented the client's eligibility; (2) provided legal services within the past year; and (3) reported duplicate cases."
Date: June 25, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: Improved Internal Controls Needed in Grants Management and Oversight

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was created as a private nonprofit to support legal assistance for low-income people to resolve their civil legal matters and relies heavily on federal appropriations. In 2006, LSC distributed most of its $327 million in grants to support such assistance. Effective internal controls over grants and oversight of grantees are critical to LSC's mission. GAO was asked to determine whether LSC's internal controls over grants management and oversight processes provide reasonable assurance that grant funds are used for their intended purposes. GAO analyzed key records and interviewed agency officials to obtain an understanding of LSC's internal control framework, including the monitoring and oversight of grantees, and performed limited reviews of internal controls and compliance at 14 grantees."
Date: December 28, 2007
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legal Services Corporation: Improvements Needed in Controls over Grant Awards and Grantee Program Effectiveness

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was created as a private, nonprofit corporation to support legal assistance for low-income individuals on civil legal matters, primarily through federal grants and is primarily funded through federal appropriations. Effective internal controls over grant awards and oversight of grantees' performance are critical to LSC's mission. GAO and the LSC Inspector General have previously reported weaknesses and made recommendations. GAO's objectives for this report were to determine the extent to which LSC (1) implemented key internal controls in awarding and overseeing grantees, (2) measured its performance, (3) evaluated staffing needs, and (4) adhered to its budget execution processes. GAO analyzed key records and prior recommendations as well as interviewed LSC officials regarding LSC's internal control and performance frameworks, staffing, and contract processes."
Date: June 11, 2010
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department