United States General Accounting Office Washington, D.C. 20548 Accounting and Inrormation Management Division B-282583 May 12, 1999 The Honorable Barbara Boxer United States Senate Subject: Indenendent Counsels: Exnenditures for Indenendent Counsels Fiske and Starr Dear Senator Boxer: You recently requested information on the total expenditures for the investigations conducted by independent counsels Robert B. Fiske, Jr., and Kenneth W. Starr. Enclosure I summarizes these expenditures for the period January 24, 1994, through September 30,1998. Enclosure II lists the reports we used to compile the expenditures summary. Independent counsels are required to report their expenditures from the permanent, indefinite appropriation established within the Department of Justice to fund those expenditures. We are required to audit the expenditures from that appropriation and to report our findings to appropriate congressional committees. On January 24, 1994, the Attorney General appointed Robert B. Fiske, Jr., to investigate criminal and civil violations of the U.S. Code in Re: Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan. On August 5, 1994, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 593 @), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia appointed Kenneth W. Starr to conduct the investigation. After completing a transition of operation to Mr. Starr, Mr. Fiske’s appointment ended on October 6, 1994. The court subsequently expanded Mr. Starr’s jurisdiction to include selected White House Travel Office and access-to-personnel-file issues; issues related to statements made before the former Government Reform and Oversight Committee, House of Representatives; and whether, in a civil case, certain individuals suborned perjury, obstructed justice, intimidated witnesses, or otherwise violated federal law in dealing with witnesses, potential witnesses, attorneys, or others. During any 6-month period, other significant costs resulting from an independent counsel’s investigation are paid from appropriations other than the permanent, indefinite appropriation established to fund independent counsel activities. These costs arise, for example, from an independent counsel’s use of detailees from other federal agencies. Independent counsels are not required to and do not include such costs in their statements of expenditures. However, we have included these costs in the enclosure as “other operating costs-unaudited.” /42/9 s- GAO/AIMD-99-153RIndependent Counsels The information presented in the enclosure was compiled during April 1999 from our prior independent counsel audit work, which was performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. If you or your staff have any questions, please contact me on (202) 512-9489. David L. Clark Director, Audit Oversight and Liaison Enclosures Page 2 GAO/AIMD-99-153R Independent Counsels Enclosure I IndeDendent Counsels Fiske and Starr Schedule of Emenditures for the Period I/24/94-9/30/98 Other Personnel Rent, Supplies Acquisition operating compensation communications, Contractual and of capital Administrative costs - Total Counsel and benefits Travel and utilities services materials assets services unaudited costs Fiske I 1,059,1531 372,4191 205,761I 253,0961 468801 543,4351 01 3,593,000[ 6,073,744 Starr 1 10,940,28415,633,4771 2,746,540( 3,872,293( 522,3801 7275571 1.258.2381 14,094,5791 39,795,348 This schedule was compiled from reports we have issued on independent counsel expenditures that included independent counsels Robert B. Fiske, Jr., and Kenneth W. Starr. “Other operating costs-unaudited” represent costs for employees assigned to work with independent counsels by federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that were financed through funds appropriated to those agencies and, accordingly, are not included in an independent counsel’s statement of expenditures. These agencies were not reimbursed for these costs, and we did not audit them. Page 3 GAO/AIMD-99-153R Independent Counsels Enclosure II GAO Financial Audit ReDorts on IndeDendent Counsels Fiske and Starr ExPenditures Financial Audit: Exnenditures bv Four IndeDendent Counsels for the Six Months Ended March 31. 1994 (GAO/AIMD-95-112, March 31, 1995). Financial Audit: Emenditures bv Six IndeDendent Counsels for the Six Months Ended Seotember 30.1994 (GAO/MD-95-113, March 31,1995). Financial Audit: Emenditures bv Six IndeDendent Counsels for the Six Months Ended March 31.1995 (GAO/AIMD-95-233, September 29,1995). Financial Audit: IndeDendent Counsel Exoenditures for the Six Months Ended SeWember 30, 1995 (GAO/AIMD-96-67, March 29, 1996). Financial Audit: Inder>endent Counsel ExDenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31.1996 (GAO/AIMD-96-166, September 30,1996). Financial Audit: IndeDendent Counsel Emenditures for the Six Months Ended SeWember 30, 1996 (GAO/AIMD-97-64, March 31, 1997). Financial Audit: IndeDendent Counsel ExDenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31. 1997 (GAO/AIMD-97-164, September 30, 1997). Financial Audit: Independent Counsel Ewenditures for the Six Months Ended SeDtember 30, 1997 (GAO/AIMD-98-100, March 31, 1998). Financial Audit: IndeDendent Counsel ExDenditures for the Six Months Ended March 3 1, 1998 (GAO/AIMD-98-285, September 30, 1998). Financial Audit: IndeDendent Counsel Exoenditures for the Six Months Ended SeWember 30, 1998 (GAO/AIMD-99-105, March 31, 1999). 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Independent Counsels: Expenditures for Independent Counsels Fiske and Starr
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1999-05-12.
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