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Letter to Judge Kathleen Cardone Page 2
panel committees to review voucher disputes.
6. To ensure fair compensation and quality of representation, there should be no “pro bono”
component to the panel attorney hourly rate or the voucher review process. The hourly rate should be increased to the statutorily authorized maximum. Case compensation maximums should be increased for both panel attorneys and expert service providers.
7. The DSC, DSO, federal defenders, and panel attorneys should have a greater role in advocating with Congress both on issues of funding and other issues relevant to the program. This should include:
a. Permitting the DSC chair to sit with the Budget Committee chair at hearings before the appropriations subcommittees to directly advocate for the Defender Services program budget;
b. Giving DSC and DSO more control over the development of and advocacy for the program’s budget within the current system;
c. Giving DSO independent ability to track and comment on substantive legislation relevant to the program.
Please let me know if you would like to discuss these recommendations further or if you have any questions. Thank you again for your hard work to review the implementation of the CJA.
Catherine C. Blake cc: Members of the Defender Services Committee
No recommendation presented herein represents 2 0 1 7 R E P O R T O F T H E A D H O C C O M M I T T E E T O R E V I E W T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E A C T the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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