United States GAO General Accounting Office Washington, D.C. 20548 Accounting and Information Management Division B-283204 August 26,1999 The Honorable Byron L. Dorgan United States Senate Subject: Indenendent Counsel: Advisorv and Assistance Services Procured bv the Office of Indenendent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr Dear Senator Dorgan: This letter responds to your December 18,1998, request regarding advisory and assistance service contracts that the office of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr procured. Specifically, you asked that we obtain information regarding (1) the number of such contracts entered into, (2) the expenditures made for each contract, and (3) the services provided under each contract. Enclosure 1 contains information provided by the offrlce of independent counsel for the three categories above. The information covers the 57 contractors the office used during the period from Mr. Starr’s appointment on Augtist 5,1994, through May 13, 1999. As agreed with your office, we did not audit the information presented in the enclosure. We provided a draft of this letter to officials in the offrce of independent counsel for their review and comment. The officials provided certain corrections to the information in the letter, which we incorporated. Further, in written comments included as enclosure 2, a Deputy Independent Counsel noted that the draft letter accurately represented the information provided by the office of independent counsel. We are sending copies of this letter to other interested parties. Please contact me on (202) 512-9489 if you or your staff have any questions about this letter. David L. Clark ’ I Director, Audit Oversight and Liaison Enclosures GAOIAIMD-$9~249R Independent Counsel Enclosure 1 Office of IndeDendent Counsel Kenkth W. Starr Advisorv and Assistance Service Contracts and ExDenditures For the Period Aumst 5.1994, Throwh Mav 13.1999 (Unaudited) Czurylo & Thullen LLC Financial analysis $2,370 Rooney, P.J. Intern& financial reporting, $177,096 reconciliation of expenditures, and auditing and financial contro1 Jury consultants: Cathy E. Bennett & Associates Jury consulting $26,701 Camp & Associates Jury research and focus group $26,321 sessions Decision Analysis Jury consulting and research $55,380 2 GAO/&MD-99-249R Lndependent Counsel Enclosure 1 Zagnoli, McEvoy, Foley Ltd. Jury consultig $38,909 Legal consultants: Bates, Stephen Legal advice and counsel $18,812 Beysellance, Cherry Joy LegaI advice and counsel $14,648 Dash, Samuel Legal and ethics advice and $300,000 counsel Mann, Ronald Legal and ethics advice and $44,650 counsel O’Sullivan, Julie Legal advice and counsel $258 Rotunda, Ronald Legal and ethics advice and I $197,970 Medical consultants: Berman, Alan Dr. Medical consultation $30,420 Blackbourne, Brian Dr. Medical consultation $10,500 Compass Orthopedics Medical consultation $10,500 Crippin, Jeffrey S., M.D. Medical consultation $900 Lee, Henry Dr. Medical consultation $8,491 Millis, J. Michael Medical consultation $4,500 Pulmonary Associates Medical consultation $756 _ Security: Kroll Associates Security risk analysis and $25,346 assessment of office facilities and space Spellings & Associates Security risk analysis of office $2,200 Vucci, James Regular hours’ security detail $40,225 Other: Cameron Communications Preparation for congressional $7,500 testimony Ford Motor Company Car leasing $32,284 3 GAO/AIMD-99-249R Independent Counsel Enclosure 1 Landess, Michael Media and library research - $20,920 Lesnevich, Gus R. Handwriting analysis $6,702 Morris, James Technical writing and editing $6,375 7’he names of criminal investigators are not provided for security reasons, The investigators have provided a wide range of services involving all aspects of the investigation, including interviewing and documenting witness statements and handlmg and analyzing evidence. bThe organization provided the office of independent counsel with legal representation on a sealed matter before the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, and is, therefore, not identified. Source: Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr. 4 GAO/AIMD-99-249R Independent Counsel Enclosure 2 Comments From the Office of the IndeDendent Counsel Jdiky C. SteinhoE Acting AssistantComptrollerGeneraI AwmntingandInfonnati~h4aoagancntDivision GeneralAcunmtingoftiU Washington,D.C. 20548 Rcz DraftRcpnttotheHonombleBynmL.Dorgan: Ihank you for the opportunityt0 commenton the draft of your rej~2rtto Senator Dofgan. We have a few briefc0mmcntson the draft report,in additionto the sxmcctiouswhich we made todaydurkg a meeting with Thomas Brodeaick aud Hodge Harp Thedatapresentediu your qxxt faitbfidly qnxhuzs the datawe providedto GAO I&I its request We wouldmakethe following additional points to supplementthe data -d: Fii theOffice of Independent Counselhasmadew effort to formally auditthe data providedto theGene4 AccountingOffice. The datawe haveprovidedfor your useis derived ~mo~intemalaccountingsystcmaadwematreevay~b~itsacnnacy. However, the iuf-ormation is, nonetheless, uuidited data. !3econd, we notethattheGeneralAccountingOffiu’s semi-anuualauditsof our OfIke bavcbeenLmifolmlyuuremdable. 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Independent Counsel: Advisory and Assistance Services Procured by the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1999-08-26.
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