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U.S. Courts: The Judiciary Should Improve Its Policies on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Investigations

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should work with the Judicial Conference to ensure that all relevant judicial components with responsibility for addressing fraud, waste, and abuse allegations have established documented processes for addressing such allegations. (Recommendation 1)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should track, or otherwise ensure that AO is aware of, the documented processes that relevant judicial components have established to address fraud, waste, and abuse allegations. (Recommendation 2)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should analyze the consistency among the documented processes that relevant judicial components have established to address fraud, waste, and abuse allegations. (Recommendation 3)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should establish an independent office within AO to carry out the judiciary’s fraud, waste, and abuse program and to investigate and resolve fraud, waste, or abuse allegations regarding AO staff and operations. The Director should also ensure that this office does not have other responsibilities outside of fraud, waste, and abuse investigations that create the perception of management participation threats to independence in investigations. (Recommendation 4)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should work with the Judicial Conference to identify and implement, as appropriate, solutions for ensuring relevant judicial branch components conduct independent fraud, waste, and abuse investigations. (Recommendation 5)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should update the agency’s fraud, waste, and abuse policy and procedures, as appropriate, to provide specific details on how to conduct and document investigations, in alignment with leading investigative guidance. As part of this update, the Director should develop written guidance that specifies what allegation and investigative data should be tracked, and where and how it should be tracked. (Recommendation 6)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should consider potential solutions for storing fraud, waste, and abuse allegation data and implement a solution that allows for the efficient and effective analysis of these data. (Recommendation 7)

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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should analyze the fraud, waste, and abuse allegation and investigation data reported to AO to identify patterns and trends. (Recommendation 8)

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