Work Measurement Study

Beginning January 1, 2016, and continuing until December 31, 2016, the revised AO 40A will be the form used for quarterly data collection by the Administrative Office (AO).  The last quarter of 2015 was used by the AO to familiarize Federal Official Court Reporters (FOCRs) with the new rules for accurate reporting on the revised form.

The data collected on the revised AO 40A will be used to compute new formulas from which the Judicial Conference (JC) will decide the number of court reporter positions required to complement the workload of the Federal Courts.  It is therefore very important that all FOCRs complete the forms accurately and consistently so that an adequate number of FOCRs are employed to support the federal judiciary.

Below are links to instructions, templates and forms to assist you.

There have been many changes made to the AO 40A. Three of the most important changes are:

  1. Report all of your time no matter where you worked or when you worked. For example, if you attend a seminar on a Saturday, you would report this time under 8a, Administrative time.
  2. Include the time of your scopist, proofreader and all other support personnel you employ.
  3. Many realtime duties previously reported in Administrative time, 8a, are now included in Reporting time, 7d and 7e.

Please carefully read all of the instructions and information, so your time records will be as accurate as possible.

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.


Alphabetical List of Tasks | Alphabetical List of Tasks by Category

AO 38  – Instructions and Crosswalk to AO 40A

AO Instructions for the AO 40A (As of November 2015)

AO FAQs | AO WebEx Training (PDF) | AO WebEx Training (PowerPoint)

USCRA Review of AO 40A Instructions

Below are different options for record keeping. USCRA does not promote or suggest one method over another.

SPREADSHEETS in Document Form

Attendance Ledger (Word Perfect Format)

Attendance Ledger (Word Format)

Blank Log

SPREADSHEET in Excel Format

Example Spreadsheet For Filling Out AO 38*
(*Tip:  You may also open the Example Spreadsheet in Google Docs and use the form within Google Docs.)


Toggl is an easy, flexible time-tracking utility that allows you to track your time and print reports. With Toggl, you can track your time as you are working on a task, much like using a timer, or you may input the data at the end of the day. As the instructions at the link below indicate, you simply create Toggl clients which match the corresponding AO 40A categories: 7d, 7e, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10. Then you will start the Toggl timer and choose which category you are working on. Toggl remembers your choices to make creating your entries even easier. Visit the Toggl website to create your free account.

Toggl Website/App Instructions