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The House Needs To Take Steps To Implement Standard Financial Management
Systems, Processes, And Policies, (Report No. 96-CAO-10, December 23, 1996)

Opportunities Exist To Improve The House's Payment Process (Report No. 96-CAO-11,
December 23, 1996)

The House Struggles With The Management Of The New Financial Management
System, Report No. 96-CAO-12, December 23, 1996)

Opportunities Exist To Improve The Management Of The Sergeant At Arms (Report
No. 96-SAA-13, December 31, 1996)

Opportunities Exist To Improve The Management Of The Office Of The Clerk (Report
No. 96-CLK-14, December 31, 1996)

Improvements Are Needed In The Management And Operations Of The Office Of The
Chief Administrative Officer (Report No. 96-CAO-15, December 31, 1996)

Parking Operations Would Benefit From Further Improvements (Report No. 97-SAA-01,
February 13, 1997)

Improvements Are Needed In The Creation And Distribution Of Documents Within The
House (Report No. 97-CCS-02, March 17, 1997)

Results Of The House Telecommunications Customer Satisfaction Survey (Report
No. 97-CAO-03, March 24, 1997)

Weak Telecommunications And Information Systems Security Controls Compromise
House Information Resources (Report No. 97-CAO-04, March 24, 1997)

Opportunities Exist For The House To Save Over $1 Million Annually Through Better
Telecommunications Cost Management (Report No. 97-CAO-05, March 24, 1997)

Changes In Operating Practices Needed To Improve The Economy, Efficiency, And
Effectiveness Of House Telecommunications Functions (Report No. 97-CAO-06,
March 24, 1997)

Improvements Needed In The House's Contingency And Disaster Recovery Planning
For Telecommunications (Report No. 97-CAO-07, March 24, 1997)

not developed a comprehensive fire protection plan for the House Complex or a comprehensive testing plan. During CY 2000, we also provided advice to the House Officers as they revised the House Employees Position Classification Guidelines.

Calendar Year 2001 Planned Audits

For CY 2001, as provided in our proposed annual audit plan, audits will stress health, safety, and security; Member services; House operations; information assurance; emerging technologies; and, System Development Life Cycle activities. We will continue to place emphasis on ensuring that the House and joint entities have sound internal controls to promote efficiency and effectiveness, reduce risks of asset loss, and help ensure the reliability and integrity of these operations, and compliance with laws and regulations. Our primary objective for all of our audits is to work with management to help ensure a system of sound internal controls. Specifically, our proposed 2001 AAP provides for the initiation of 24 audits--10 financial and performance audits, and 14 information systems audits. These audits are to be accomplished through the use of both in-house audit staff and contractor audit staff working as a team. We estimate the total level of effort to accomplish these 24 audits to be approximately 4,900 staff days--2,965 OIG staff days and 1,935 contractor staff days. As of June 1, 2001, most of these audits are in process and five are near completion.

FY 2002 Budget Request

The OIG's FY 2002 budget request calls for total funding of $3.754 million--an increase of $505,000 over our FY 2001 appropriation. This request is attributable to mandatory and program changes needed to ensure that the OIG continues to provide quality service to the House. An increase of $130,000 is needed to meet the mandatory personnel compensation increases, which are not under the control of the OIG. In addition, we need additional funding of $375,000 to fund the increase in service fees and technical support provided by contract audit services. The following is a detailed explanation of the increases.

Relative to personnel compensation, I am requesting $2.125 million in FY 2002--an increase of $130,000 over the FY 2001 level. This increase represents mandatory increases associated with on-board staff for (i) annualized FY 2001 cost of living adjustment, (ii) anticipated FY 2002 cost of living adjustment, (iii) anticipated FY 2002 longevity and career ladder promotions, and (iv) anticipated FY 2002 merit increases.

In addition, I am requesting $1.629 million for non-personnel items in FY 2002. This request represents a $375,000 increase in contract audit services from our FY 2001 enacted level of $1.167 million to a requested funded level of $1.542 million. This amount is needed to perform five information systems audits of new highly sophisticated information technology resources that the House plans to purchase. The OIG will need skilled contractors to assist in the evaluations. The additional $375,000 helps fund two of

the five audits. The technological and implementation risk to the House, if their new technologies are not implemented properly, could seriously affect the House's ability to process and disseminate information.

Mr. Chairman, I wish to thank you and the Members of the Subcommittee for this opportunity to present my FY 2002 budget. At this time, I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

not developed a comprehensive fire protection plan for the House Complex or a comprehensive testing plan. During CY 2000, we also provided advice to the House Officers as they revised the House Employees Position Classification Guidelines.

Calendar Year 2001 Planned Audits

For CY 2001, as provided in our proposed annual audit plan, audits will stress health, safety, and security; Member services; House operations; information assurance; emerging technologies; and, System Development Life Cycle activities. We will continue to place emphasis on ensuring that the House and joint entities have sound internal controls to promote efficiency and effectiveness, reduce risks of asset loss, and help ensure the reliability and integrity of these operations, and compliance with laws and regulations. Our primary objective for all of our audits is to work with management to help ensure a system of sound internal controls. Specifically, our proposed 2001 AAP provides for the initiation of 24 audits--10 financial and performance audits, and 14 information systems audits. These audits are to be accomplished through the use of both in-house audit staff and contractor audit staff working as a team. We estimate the total level of effort to accomplish these 24 audits to be approximately 4,900 staff days--2,965 OIG staff days and 1,935 contractor staff days. As of June 1, 2001, most of these audits are in process and five are near completion.

FY 2002 Budget Request

The OIG's FY 2002 budget request calls for total funding of $3.754 million--an increase of $505,000 over our FY 2001 appropriation. This request is attributable to mandatory and program changes needed to ensure that the OIG continues to provide quality service to the House. An increase of $130,000 is needed to meet the mandatory personnel compensation increases, which are not under the control of the OIG. In addition, we need additional funding of $375,000 to fund the increase in service fees and technical support provided by contract audit services. The following is a detailed explanation of the increases.

Relative to personnel compensation, I am requesting $2.125 million in FY 2002--an increase of $130,000 over the FY 2001 level. This increase represents mandatory increases associated with on-board staff for (i) annualized FY 2001 cost of living adjustment, (ii) anticipated FY 2002 cost of living adjustment, (iii) anticipated FY 2002 longevity and career ladder promotions, and (iv) anticipated FY 2002 merit increases.

In addition, I am requesting $1.629 million for non-personnel items in FY 2002. This request represents a $375,000 increase in contract audit services from our FY 2001 enacted level of $1.167 million to a requested funded level of $1.542 million. This amount is needed to perform five information systems audits of new highly sophisticated information technology resources that the House plans to purchase. The OIG will need skilled contractors to assist in the evaluations. The additional $375,000 helps fund two of

the five audits. The technological and implementation risk to the House, if their new technologies are not implemented properly, could seriously affect the House's ability to process and disseminate information.

Mr. Chairman, I wish to thank you and the Members of the Subcommittee for this opportunity to present my FY 2002 budget. At this time, I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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