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Capitol Buildings Salaries and Expenses

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

maintenance and operation of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment and the Senate subways. He is also responsible for the maintenance, care and operation of the Senate Employees' Child Care Center and the Senate Page School - Webster Hall. Operation of the Senate restaurants is also carried out under the general oversight of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Under the direction of the House Office Building Commission, the Architect is responsible for the structural, mechanical, and
domestic care and maintenance of the House Office Buildings, including the maintenance and operation of mechanical, electrical, and
electronic equipment and subway system.

He is also charged with the care, maintenance, and operation of the Capitol Power Plant, which supplies steam for heating and chilled water for cooling the Capitol, the Senate and House Office Buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, and other buildings.


Under the direction of the Joint Committee on the Library, the Architect serves as Acting Director of the United States Botanic

The Architect of the Capitol is also charged with the planning and construction of such additional buildings as are committed to
his care by Congress. He serves by law as a member of the Capitol Police Board, the Capitol Guide Board, the District of Columbia Zoning
Commission, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He is also a member of the Art Advisory Committee to the Washington
Metropolitan Transit Authority, the National Capital Memorial Commission, and the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural
Property, and he serves as Coordinator of Civil Defense for the Capitol Complex.

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The Architect of the Capitol is assisted directly by the Assistant Architect of the Capitol, Administrative Assistant, Budget Officer, General Counsel, Executive Officer, the Inspector General and Director of Human Resources, who serve as an ad hoc senior policy committee to assist him in policy determination. These individuals head the major divisions that comprise the Central Office of the Architect of the Capitol; they are responsible for the efficient management and operation of the office's various programs and activities. These include architectural and engineering design, construction management, and property management; they involve such diverse concerns as art, photography, and real estate planning and development. Other areas of management, such as legal, human resources,



Capitol Buildings Salaries and Expenses

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

procurement, and budgeting, accounting and financial analysis, are centrally administered as well. The functions of these offices and their activities for fiscal year 2001 are described below.

Assistant Architect of the Capitol

The Assistant Architect collaborates with the Architect in the management and direction of the functions of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. The Assistant Architect is the principal advisor to the Architect in matters of architectural design of new buildings and renovations and improvements to existing buildings. The Assistant Architect, by law, serves as the Acting Architect of the Capitol in the absence of the Architect. The Architecture Division, Engineering Division, Construction Management Division, and the Technical Support Section are supervised by the Assistant Architect.

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant is responsible to the Architect of the Capitol for the direction, management, and operation of the Human Resources Management; Information Resources Management; the Equal Employment Opportunity and Conciliation Programs Office; Employment Assistant Programs Office; the Office of the Curator; and the general business affairs of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. In addition, his office serves as spokesperson for the Architect's office, and represents the Architect with members and staff of the Congress.

Budget Officer

The Budget Officer is responsible for the overall formulation, preparation, presentation, justification, and execution of the Architect's budget. The Accounting Division and its responsibilities are also under the Budget Officer. Additionally, the Budget Officer serves as the agency Chief Financial Officer. To meet these responsibilities, the Budget Officer develops and administers budgetary and financial management policy for the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. The Budget Officer also provides advice and assistance on budgetary and financial matters to the Architect and to top management officials.


Capitol Buildings Salaries and Expenses

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides the Architect of the Capitol with legal services and advice concerning all functions of the agency. These functions may be divided into two broad categories: the performance of duties made the responsibility of the Architect of the Capitol by law and general internal agency administrative functions. In addition, the General Counsel represents the Architect of the Capitol in congressional and administrative hearings and other legal proceedings, where appropriate. When necessary, the General Counsel arranges for representation of the agency in judicial proceedings by attorneys of the Department of Justice, with the General Counsel acting as agency liaison. In certain administrative proceedings, the General Counsel arranges for representation of the agency by outside, private counsel on a contractual basis.

Executive Officer

The Executive Officer collaborates with the Architect of the Capitol in the direction and accomplishment of the functions of the Office through coordination of other offices and the management of major or special projects as designated by the Architect. Included among these are the Procurement Division, Occupational Health and Life Safety, Environmental, Office Services, the Flag Office, and management responsibility of the U.S. Botanic Garden. She also serves as the liaison for the Architect with the Director of Food Service on matters concerning the Senate Restaurants.

Inspector General

The Inspector General conducts independent and objective audits and investigations of program and operations within the agency. The goals of these audits and investigations are to promote economy, effectiveness and efficiency, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse. The Inspector General also reviews and makes recommendations regarding existing and proposed agency procedures, policies and regulations. Finally the Inspector General keeps the Architect of the Capitol fully and currently informed of any problems relating to programs and operations.


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The Director of Human Resources provides policy and program advice and guidance to the Architect and other senior staff members in the broad fields of human resources management, organizational development, employee development, labor-management relations and workforce utilization.

Capitol Buildings Operations and Maintenance Superintendent, United States Capitol Building

These appropriated funds provide for the structural and mechanical care of the Capitol; miscellaneous improvements; operation of the mechanical equipment; domestic care of the central portion and most of the areas on the House side; care of Statuary Hall on the House side; and the care of Works of Art in the Capitol; maintenance and operation of the electrical transformer stations in the Capitol group of buildings; and maintenance of the grounds lighting systems. The Architect performs his duties under authority of the Act of August 15, 1876 (19 Stat. 147).

A maintenance force spread over day and night shifts as required, is needed for the care of this building with its 16 1⁄2 acres of floor area; the House and Senate Chambers, the Old Senate and Supreme Court Chambers, the Dome, Rotunda, Crypt, 540 rooms occupied as offices, Committee and storage rooms, restaurants and other areas, including extensive corridors; with its extensive mechanical equipment, such as air conditioning systems with over 2,000 pieces of equipment; the electrical transformer stations with their switchboards, switchgear transformers and other equipment; 28 elevators, 3 lifts, 4 kitchen conveyors, 4 escalators, 1 dumbwaiter; approximately 700 plumbing fixtures and piping; Dome floodlighting and bird repelling systems, including about 70,000 feet of high tension cable; legislative bell and buzzer systems; extensive electronic equipment including the voting system in House Chamber; a speech reinforcement system in the House Chamber; a speech reinforcement system in the Senate Chamber; electric light fixtures and wiring.




Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

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