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authorities is enforced on behalf of those who cannot afford to retain counsel and other necessary defense services.”91 DSO is charged with providing leadership, management, oversight, and support to “(1) Maintain public confidence in the nation’s commitment to equal justice under law; and, (2) Ensure the successful operation of the constitutionally-based adversary system of justice by which both federal criminal laws and federally guaranteed rights are enforced.”92
In contrast to DSO, other offices within the AO that have substantial influ- ence over the defender program focus their efforts on support of the judiciary as a whole. For example, “The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) carries out the judicia- ry’s legislative liaison activities with Congress, other government entities, and pri- vate sector organizations with an interest in legislation and other activity affecting the judicial branch.”93 Specifically, OLA develops, presents, and promotes legisla- tive initiatives endorsed by the Judicial Conference.94
BAPO is responsible for preparing the judiciary’s appropriations requests and managing its budget: “The Budget, Accounting and Procurement Office (BAPO) is responsible for the management, oversight, and support of the judiciary’s finance, budget, and procurement activities.”95 The office is responsible for the congressional appropriations requests of the entire judiciary. (The budget process will be discussed in more detail below.) Within BAPO the Financial Liaison and Analysis Staff’s mis- sion is to “coordinate the judiciary’s liaison activities with the congressional appropri- ations and budget committees and assist in the coordination of such activities with the executive branch regarding budget matters.”96 Its functions include:
1. ProvidestaffsupporttotheJudicialConferenceCommitteeontheBudget’s Congressional Outreach Subcommittee and other Conference committees as needed on financial matters.
2. Serveasthejudiciary’spoint-of-contactwithcongressionalappropriations and budget committees on budget matters.
A. Prepare testimony on the judiciary’s budget.
B. Coordinate responses to congressional inquiries and reports.
C. Represent the judiciary’s financial interests to Congress.
D. Track congressional budget resolutions and the judiciary’s appropriations bill.97
These tasks are entrusted to BAPO alone; the other offices within the AO cannot independently speak directly with congressional appropriators. This is true
91 AdministrativeOfficeofU.S.Courts,1AOManual§330.40. 92 Id.§330.40(a).
93 Id.§320.60.
94 Id.§320.60(b)(3).
95 Id.§340.30.
96 Id.§340.30.20.
97 Id.§340.30.20(b).
No recommendation presented herein represents 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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