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EXPLANATION OF CHANGES SHOWN ON SCHEDULE C:
For salaries and expenses for the Office of Compliance, $2,095,000. This reflects an increase of $95,000 from the FY 2000 appropriation of $2,000,000, and a decrease of two FTE positions.
Mandatory Pay and Related Changes:
Personnel increases of $30,442 are attributed to a projected cost of living adjustment of 3.7 percent of staff salaries, and a two percent increase for statutory appointees.
An increase of $13,000 is requested in personnel benefits, based on the increase in salaries.
Price Level Changes:
In rent, communications and utilities, an increase of $18,000 is requested for phone lines and maintenance, based on FY 1999 actual expenditures.
An increase of $59,000 is requested in other services for projected increases in the costs of mediators ($20,000), hearing officers ($17,000), and court reporting services ($1,000). The additional increase of $21,000 is attributable to the actual cost of interagency agreements for administrative services with the Library of Congress in FY 1999.
An increase of $1,000 is requested for office supplies, due to inflation factors.
Program Type Changes:
* Additional staff may be required if Congress decides that GPO, GAO, and/or the Library of Congress are to fall under the purview of the Congressional Accountability Act, more so than they do presently. (The LOC and the GAO are covered by the safety and health provisions of the CAA) No such staffing increase was included in this request.
In personnel compensation, an increase of $29,000 for increased activities of the newly appointed Board of Directors is offset by a decrease of $90,000 due to the abolishment of 2 FTE positions.
In personnel benefits, an increase of $2,000 for benefits for the new Board is offset by a decrease of $23,000 due to the abolishment of 2 FTE positions.
In rent, communications and utilities, an additional $2,000 is requested for costs of cell phones.
An increase of $6,000 is requested in printing and reproduction, based on an increase in printing required in FY 1999 for safety and health reporting purposes, which is projected to continue in FY 2001.
In other services, a decrease of $14,000 is requested for the interagency agreement for administrative services with the Library of Congress. An increase of $4,000 is requested for temporary services.
Increases of $19,000 for services of mediators and hearing officers, $33,000 for safety and health consultant fees, and $3,000 for staff training are based on FY 1999 actual use of these services.
An increase of $2,000 is requested in supplies and materials, based on FY 1999 actual expenditures.
** Although no additional funding is requested for FY 2001 for rent, communications and utilities, additional funds will be requested for this purpose in a supplemental request, in the event that the Office of Compliance vacates the Library of Congress during this fiscal year.
Equipment, Alterations, Maintenance, Repairs, etc...:
A decrease of $7,000 is requested for equipment.
The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) established an independent Office of Compliance to apply the rights and protections of the following eleven labor and employment statutes to covered employees within the legislative branch: the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, chapter 71 of title 5 of the U.S. Code (relating to Federal service labor-management relations), the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and chapter 43 of title 38 of the U.S. Code (relating to veterans' employment and reemployment).
The Office provides employees with an independent, neutral dispute resolution process, as an alternative to the court system, through which they may pursue claims under the laws applied by the CAA. The Office is headed by a five-member Board of Directors who are appointed jointly by the House and Senate majority and minority leadership.
Object Classification (in millions of dollars)
[Clerk's note. The agency provided these program and financing, object class and personnel summary tables to the Subcommittee. Please check the appendix to the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2001, for any changes that may have been made subsequent to the submission to