S.575 - Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2013
A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to provide an Inspector General for the judicial branch, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.
‘CHAPTER 60--INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE JUDICIAL BRANCH
‘Sec. 1021. Establishment
‘Sec. 1022. Appointment, term, and removal of Inspector General
‘(a) Appointment- The head of the Office shall be the Inspector General, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States after consultation with the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Removal- The Inspector General may be removed from office by the Chief Justice of the United States. The Chief Justice shall communicate the reasons for any such removal to both Houses of Congress.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘Sec. 1023. Duties
‘(1) conduct investigations of alleged misconduct in the judicial branch (other than the United States Supreme Court) under chapter 16 that may require oversight or other action within the judicial branch or by Congress;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) conduct investigations of alleged misconduct in the United States Supreme Court that may require oversight or other action within the judicial branch or by Congress;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘Sec. 1024. Powers
‘(2) obtain information or assistance from any Federal, State, or local governmental agency, or other entity, or unit thereof, including all information kept in the course of business by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the judicial councils of circuits, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and the United States Sentencing Commission;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses, and the production of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents, which subpoena, in the case of contumacy or refusal to obey, shall be enforceable by civil action;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) employ such officers and employees, subject to the provisions of title 5, governing appointments in the competitive service, and the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) obtain services as authorized by section 3109 of title 5 at daily rates not to exceed the equivalent rate for a position at level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of such title; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) the extent and in such amounts as may be provided in advance by appropriations Acts, to enter into contracts and other arrangements for audits, studies, analyses, and other services with public agencies and with private persons, and to make such payments as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the Office.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Chapter 16 Matters- The Inspector General shall not commence an investigation under section 1023(1) until the denial of a petition for review by the judicial council of the circuit under section 352(c) of this title or upon referral or certification to the Judicial Conference of the United States of any matter under section 354(b) of this title.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘Sec. 1025. Reports
‘(c) Duty To Inform Attorney General- In carrying out the duties of the Office, the Inspector General shall report expeditiously to the Attorney General whenever the Inspector General has reasonable grounds to believe there has been a violation of Federal criminal law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘Sec. 1026. Whistleblower protection
‘(a) In General- No officer, employee, agent, contractor, or subcontractor in the judicial branch may discharge, demote, threaten, suspend, harass, or in any other manner discriminate against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment because of any lawful act done by the employee to provide information, cause information to be provided, or otherwise assist in an investigation regarding any possible violation of Federal law or regulation, or misconduct, by a judge, justice, or any other employee in the judicial branch, which may assist the Inspector General in the performance of duties under this chapter.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink