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Because of the unique and high profile environment within which the office operates, employees must possess a combination of technical and communications skills in order to be effective and productive in supporting the activities of the Congress. Employees must have sufficient technical skills to operate and maintain the equipment the Office is responsible for, and they must have sufficient communications skills to perform their work within the Congressional community in an expedient and appropriate manner.
These funds are requested to enable the Office to continue its
maintain and improve their work performance efficiency.
Supplies and Materials increased from $499,000 to $512,000.
This allotment provides for the general procurement of electrical plumbing, carpentry, sheet metal, paint, gasoline and oil, and miscellaneous materials, including fluorescent tubes and incandescent laaps, for the Library of Congress buildings. An increase of $13,000 is requested to meet the rising cost of these itens.
ANNUAL RECURRING ITEMS
Funding has been requested for the past three fiscal years for the replacement of the Book Conveyor System control stations in the Madison, Jefferson and Adams Buildings. None of the control stations are supported by their respective manufacturers. Since the time of the original request in fiscal year 1992, the manufacturer of the computers that control the book conveyor systems in the Madison Building has discontinued its support of the systems.
These funds are requested on a "No Year" basis to provide for the analysis of alternatives and design of a solution for replacing the computer controls, individual station control panels and the integration of the two separate control systems for the Jefferson and Adams Buildings to provide a single control system for all three buildings This arrangement would eliminate the need for the existing manual transfer of materials from the Adams and Madison Buildings into the delivery system for the Jefferson Buildings bookstacks. This arrangement will require some modification to the existing mechanical transfer equipment located in the Jefferson Building. The existing systems will be fully analyzed and a report will be provided on the status of all system components The report will also provide repair and replacement options, as well as cost estimates. These estimates will be used as the basis for a budget request in fiscal year 1996.
This project is now considered to be the most critical need at the Library If the book conveyor system should fail, then retrieving and reshelving books would have to be performed manually. In addition to the lengthy time involved in manual operations, the Library is not staffed to perform this task manually. Therefore, in order to assure continuous operation of the Library's book conveyor systems over the long term, these funds are requested to prepare viable alternatives and solutions
A major portion of the Library of Congress box book carrier system consists of a series of conveyor belts that are supported and driven by steel rollers. The system which interconnects the three Library Buildings has been in operation since 1978.
This portion of the system has approximately 20,000 rollers that are support by oil impregnated wooden bearings. These bearings have proven to be a faulty part of the conveyor system due to dust and lint that is generated from the conveyor belts. Due to these environmental conditions, the wood bearings become clogged, causing loud squeaking sounds or becoming frozen. When this happens, the bearings either stop, or burn the conveyor belts.
Various types of bearings have been tested over the past several yeurs 10 find a suitable replacement The use of sealed roller bearings has proven to provide the most reliable service and is impervious to the environmental conditions caused by the belts.
The estimated cost for the replacement of the 20.000 rollers was originally $180,000. During fiscal year 1992, an amount of $99,000 was reprogrammed from unobligated funds that had been appropriated for design of the replacement of the Jefferson Building Roof.
Therefore, $80,000 is requested in fiscal year 1995 to completely fund the project. Funding for this project was requested and denied in the fiscal year 1994 budget.
The Library of Congress James Madison Building has eighteen existing passenger elevators, two freight elevators and one hydraulic lift elevator. The hydraulic lift does not require modernization at this time. These elevators were put into service in 1979 and have not had any comprehensive upgrades since then. In addition to recommended safety upgrades and modifications to accommodate provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, all the elevators will be monitored from the elevator shop and the Supervising Engineer's office.
The funds requested for fiscal year
1995 are to replace the controller for the four elevators in "E" bank, which is located in the central core of the building. The amount requested is requested on a *No Year" basis as this will be a multi year program. These funds will also be left in the budget base at the reduced level of $125,000 for fiscal years 1996 and 1997 on a "No Year" basis. In fiscal year 1998, that amount will be increased to $150,000 to complete the elevator modernization. The estimated total cost is $650,000. This project was requested and denied in the fiscal year 1994 budget.
Total Cyclical Maintenance.
The Librarian of Congress has again requested that the Architect provide electronic measures for safe and secure facilities for the staff as well as its collections, The need to control and maintain safe and secure spaces for persons and materials entering and leaving Library facilities cannot be adequately accomplished through only the use of security personnel. The safety issues include improving the safety to Library personnel and visitors walking to and from their cars, improving the building entrance security by establishing card reader entry points, and supplementing the existing Library Police with electronic security devices rather than additional personnel.
To improve security of the Library parking areas, it is proposed that the existing security system available to the Library be expanded to accommodate the following improvements.
Installation of a card reader and security gate at the entrance to the John Adams Building Parking Garage will improve entrance security at that location. Installation of a card reader and security gates at the entrance and exit of the parking lot located on the East Side of the Thomas Jefferson Building will improve safety and security at that location.