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B-193861 1 (1979-08-24)

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COIPTOLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED TATrS
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B-193861


2 4 AUG 1979


The !Honorable Jack Brooks
Chairman, Committee on Government
  Ope rations
House of Representatives

Dear Mr, Chairman;

     On July 20, 1979, the Director,
wrote to you in response to our June
(FH.;!-SD-79-30 vb-193861), as required
:zation Act of 1970, Ile feel you may
i.nents to his letter,


AD? LIBRAW( >-,..
7GMSD - POTICY GROUP


Federal Judicial Center
21, 19P, interim report
!y the Legislative Reorgan-
be interested in our corn-


     In December 1978, we initiated a survey to review alle-
gations we had received to the effect that the Federal Judicial
Center (FJC) was acquiring automatic data processing (ADP)
equipment without complying with the X rooks Act (Public Law
89-306) and General Services Administratton (GSA) Federal Pro-
cure1ent Regulations and competitive procureTcnt statutes.

     The Center officials mnaintained that the FJC was exempt
from the provisions of the Brooks Act, as well as irnplementir.g
GSA regulations, relating to the procurement of computer equtp-
ment or related software services because (1) the provisions
in the legislation that created the Center show the Conaress
intent that the Center be exempt from legislation otherwise
requiring central cont;rol over the procurement of ADP resources,
and (2) the need for the Center's independence from GSA in-
volveneat in ADP resources procurement is provlded by the
legislation in thepperdy Trial Act of 1974, which marshals the
resources of the entire Federal judiciary to resolve the prob-
lems of criminal case delay.


We review%'ed


Ehe legislative


histories


of the Center


the Speedy Trial Act zand could find no support for
uosition.  As a restuIt, we issued (1) Comptroller
Decision of March 27, 1979,AB-193861) which held
Federal 3tdicial Center must comply with the Brook
General Services Administration implementinj regul
ADP equipment and services procurements, and (2) a
report (referred to above) to provide the Gcenter w
tunity to consider cother observstions in making fu
decisions, since o,: w,'ork on the Cent.er's A ;-  orDP
is continuing.


and


the Center's
General
that the
x, Act and the
ations in t-ll
n Interim
ith the oppor-
':ure ADP
a t ion.


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