|2004-May-21||Authority of Agency Officials to Prohibit Employees From Providing Information to Congress||Consistent with longstanding Executive Branch positions, Department of Health and Human Services officials have the authority to prohibit officers or employees of the Department from providing information to Congress.|
|2004-March-19||Status of National Veterans Business Development Corporation||The National Veterans Business Development Corporation is a “Government corporation’ under 5 U.S.C. § 103 and an “agency” under 31 U.S.C. § 9102.|
Mechanisms for Funding Intelligence Centers
Agencies may use the Economy Act to pay for facilities and services provided by the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and the Terrorist Screening Center.
It is within the reasonable discretion of fiscal officers to compute the “actual cost” to be charged for those facilities and services.
|2004-March-18||“Protected Person” Status in Occupied Iraq Under the Fourth Geneva Convention|
The Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (IV) governs the United States occupation of Iraq.
The following persons, if captured in occupied Iraq, are not “protected persons” within the meaning of article 4 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: U.S. nationals, nationals of a State not bound by the Convention, nationals of a co-belligerent State, and operatives of the al Qaeda terrorist organization who are not Iraqi nationals or permanent residents of Iraq.
|2004-March-17||Deployment of United States Armed Forces to Haiti|
The President has authority to order the deployment of the armed forces to Haiti in order to protect American citizens there.
The deployment is consistent with the War Powers Resolution.
|2004-March-12||Apportionment of False Claims Act Recoveries to Agencies||Whether an agency’s revolving fund is entitled to receive from a False Claims Act recovery (in addition to single damages equal to the actual amount of the payment made as a result of the false claim) pre-judgment or pre-settlement interest on that payment and investigative and administrative costs attributable to the false claim depends on whether the fund is authorized to borrow money at interest, earn interest on its own investments, and pay its own investigative and administrative expenses.|
|2004-March-01||Liability of Contractors in Airbridge Denial Programs||A contractor ordinarily will not be criminally liable for assisting in certain foreign government programs for the aerial interdiction of illegal narcotics traffic.|
|2004-February-20||Status of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission||The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission is subject to the Attorney General’s direction in administrative matters, except where that direction would interfere with the Commission’s independence in adjudicating claims.|
Assertion of Constitutionally Based Privilege Over Reagan Administration Records
It is legally permissible for President Bush to assert constitutionally based privilege in concurrence with former President Reagan’s assertion of constitutionally based privilege over certain Reagan Administration documents that are otherwise required to be released by the National Archives and Records Administration under the Presidential Records Act.
|2003-October-10||Compliance of Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems With Help America Vote Act and Americans With Disabilities Act||A direct recording electronic voting system that produces a contemporaneous paper record, which is not accessible to sight-impaired voters but which allows sighted voters to confirm that their ballots accurately reflect their choices before the system officially records their votes, would be consistent with the Help America Vote Act and with title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so long as the voting system provides a similar opportunity for sight-impaired voters to verify their ballots before those ballots are finally cast.|