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Explanation of Changes Shown on Schedule C

STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS

This account has been frozen at the FY '97 appropriated level.

OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

December 18, 1996

The Honorable Ron Packard
Chairman, Subcommittee on
Legislative

Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

The Office of Compliance hereby transmits its budget estimate of $2,600,000 for fiscal year 1998 operations, for the Salaries and Expenses appropriation. Included is a budget justification with an overview of our authority and responsibilities, descriptions of the primary functions of the Office of Compliance, our major accomplishments of FY 1996, and plans for the remainder of FY 1997 and FY 1998.

As you are aware, in previous fiscal years the Office has requested and received an additional appropriation, authorized by section 415 of the Congressional Accountability Act, and by sections 312 and 309 of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Acts of 1996 and 1997, respectively. The latter two sections appropriate “such sums as may be necessary" for awards and settlements under the CAA. I am requesting that this section be included in the FY 1998 appropriations bill, as well. However, after confirming with the Office of Management and Budget, no request for funding for this appropriation is transmitted herewith, as no amount can be specified, nor can any justification be made in advance of actual awards.

We're proud of what we've accomplished thus far, and are well along the way to total implementation of the CAA. As the budget justification indicates, some of our principal functions have been operational for only a few months; others have not yet begun. For this reason, we are not yet in a position to project fiscal needs with a great degree of finality. However, with several months of actual data from which to extrapolate, we believe that our request is reasonable and that it very closely approximates our real fiscal needs.

ROOM LA 200, JOHN ADAMS BUILDING 110 SECOND STREET S.E.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20540-1999

In light of the importance of the mission of the Office of Compliance and our continuing efforts to minimize both staffing and non-personal services costs, I respectfully request your favorable consideration of the Office of Compliance's budget submission for FY 1998.

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OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

OVERVIEW OF FISCAL YEAR 1998 BUDGET REQUEST

The Office of Compliance is requesting $2,600,000 for fiscal year 1998 operations, a 0.3 percent decrease from the agency's fiscal year 1997 appropriation with no increase in staff. The decrease results from an analysis of the agency's actual expenditures during its first year of operations, and includes:

funding for 19 full-time equivalent positions (FTEs);

funding for a 3 percent cost of living increase for staff, and a reduction of 20 percent in personnel benefits;

a 23 percent reduction in other services, primarily for hearing officers, mediators, and
court reporting services. (N.B. As this reduction is predicated on only two months'
worth of actual data on hearings, and five months' data on mediations, it may be subject to
revision in a supplemental request.)

Two assumptions were made in this request that could affect its finality. The first is that the Office of Compliance will remain co-located with the Library of Congress. The second assumes that the Office's workload will remain at roughly its current level. Should Congress decide that GPO, GAO and/or the Library of Congress are to fall under the purview of the Office of Compliance, additional funding and staffing will be requested.

ROOM LA 200, JOHN ADAMS BUILDING 110 SECOND STREET S.E. ● WASHINGTON, D.C. 20540-1999

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