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Annual Report 2011

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Leadership Transition

In October 2011, Judge Thomas F. Hogan became the eighth Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. He succeeded James C. Duff, who served as Director from July 2006 to September 2011. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. described Hogan as "one of our nation's most distinguished judges," who "will bring extraordinary experience and insight to the position by virtue of his prior service to the judiciary."

Hogan has been a federal judge since 1982, when he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a former Chief Judge of that court and served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and as a member of the Board of the Federal Judicial Center.

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Cost-Containment Measures

In fiscal year 2012 and beyond, the Judiciary and all federal agencies face an ever-tightening budget climate. This situation is likely to last for the foreseeable future, making it essential that the Judiciary continue its cost-containment strategy begun in 2004 and adapted over time. The Judicial Conference emphasized effective and efficient use of public resources as a key operating principle in the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary, which it approved in September 2010 and began implementing throughout fiscal year 2011.

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As required by statute, the Director must publish an Annual Report of activities of the Administrative Office (AO) and submit it to the Judicial Conference and Congress. For the first time, this report is being prepared and transmitted electronically. The cost savings are not enormous, but the message—the Judiciary looks closely at how it spends its funds—is a crucial one and a clear reflection of our firm commitment to cost containment.

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