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Schedule B1: Office of Technology Assessment General and Administration
Analysis of Change to Budget Base by Organization and by Object Class

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Schedule C1: Office of Technology Assessment General and Administration

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12.2 Explanation of Changes Shown on Schedule C1 for Division G

Office of Technology Assessment General and Administration

A. MANDATORY PAY AND RELATED COSTS

1. Excess Day, from 261 to 260 work days in FY 1995

2. FTE reduction of 1 temporary staff to meet the 4% reduction in Sec. 307 of PL 103-69

3.January 1995 2.6% Cost-of-Living Adjustment

4. Merit increases and promotions averaging 3% agency-wide

5. Annualization of January 1994 4% plus estimated January 1995 7.5% health benefit increases

B. PRICE LEVEL CHANGES

1. Travel inflation rate of 10% applied to base

2. Postage rate increase of 14% effective in April 1995

3. Building lease escalation based on 30% of change in CPI-W for

space, plus an estimated 3.5% increase in operating costs and 5% increase in property taxes

4. Telephone services inflation rate of 10% applied to base

5. Miscellaneous communications inflation rate of 2.7% applied to base

6. Printing and publications inflation rate of 3% applied to base

7. Interagency agreement with the Library of Congress for financial services increase of 5.7% for COLA, locality-based pay adjustment and within-grade increases

8. Other services inflation rate of 2.7% applied to base

9. Supplies and materials inflation rate of 2.7% applied to base

10. Equipment inflation rate of 2.7% applied non ADP equipment base

C. PROGRAM TYPE CHANGES

1. Legislation

2. Workload

Staff Amount (000)

(12)

(48)

58

93

6

Staff Amount (000)

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5

49

12

3

1

5

8

5

Staff Amount (000)

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12.3 Role of the General and Administration Offices

The General and Administration Offices include the Office of the Director, and several other offices:

The Congressional and Public Affairs Office handles much of OTA's congressional and press liaison work, relations with the Technology Assessment Board, and relations with the Technology Assessment Advisory Council.

The Budget and Finance Office handles all of OTA's budget and financial affairs. The office is the focal point for tracking and reporting expenditures under the annual appropriations of the agency. It prepares financial data such as that required for the Justification of Estimates and the President's annual budget and works with Appropriations Committee staff of the House and the Senate.

The Contracts Office negotiates all of OTA's research contracts and arranges for travel and compensation of OTA's advisory panelists and workshop participants. The office also administers travel for OTA staff and oversees procurements of other services and equipment.

The Information Center combines traditional library services with the latest information retrieval technology to fulfill the reference and information needs of OTA staff. The Information Center offers a centralized book and periodical collection, online literature search services, CD-ROM databases, and customized current awareness services in support of OTA research.

The Information Marketing Office supports the dissemination of OTA information and products. Descriptive flyers, brochures, and pamphlets are developed by this office along with the publications catalog and the annual report. The Information Marketing Office also maintains the Publications Distribution Office for public distribution of OTA publications and for maintenance of the OTA publication inventory.

The Personnel Office recruits personnel, processes incoming and outgoing OTA employees, maintains benefits and leave records, and handles employee relations. The office also administers the Morris Udall Congressional Fellowship Program.

The Publishing Office coordinates the publishing of OTA reports and background papers from manuscript through camera-ready copy. Editorial support, graphics production, and typesetting and design are handled in a state-of-the-art production environment. The Publishing Office also acts as the liaison for OTA with the Government Printing Office which prints OTA publications.

The Telecommunications and Information Systems Office provides comprehensive computer, telecommunications, and information management support to OTA staff. This includes support for basic office automation, including user assistance, hardware installation and maintenance, software, telecommunications, and database management. A wide variety of training courses are available.

Other administrative offices include Building Services, the Service Center (mail and photocopy

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12.4 Staffing of the Division

Schedule E: Office of Technology Assessment General and Administration
Direct and Indirect Employees

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