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COMMITTEES. H.I.S. provided technical support for calendar production to 17 committees. Several committees were assisted in upgrading to Local Area Networks (LANS), converting existing MicroVaxes to file servers. Overall, demand for PC support from committees grew 21%. Accounting, Personnel, and Inventory systems for eighteen committees were either installed or upgraded.
ELECTRONIC MAIL H.I.S. implemented an electronic mail capability that interconnects all House E-Mail systems and features an electronic interface allowing mail exchange with external users via the Internet and commercial X.400 networks. Test sites comprise eleven committees, twelve Members, the Congressional Budget Office. Messages are being exchanged with the General Services Administration, the Office Systems Management, and the Executive Office of the President.
INTEGRATED SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION SERVICES (ISIS) ISIS is a distributed computing environment that fulfills an organization-wide strategy for providing future information services. The ISIS pilot, now underway in fourteen Member and five committee offices, uses three main clients: the terminalbased client (including the DEC/VAX committees), the Macintosh client, and the MicroMIN client. ISIS applications included Votes, Grants, Newswire, File Cabinet, E-Mail, and Legislative Process.
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES Over 100 Washington offices are connected to district offices via the House Wide Area Data Communications Network (WAN). Two Member offices tested LAN (PC and Macintosh) to WAN Frame Relay communications. A universal wiring design was implemented in the Cannon, Longworth, and Rayburn House Office Buildings. As a result, significant cost avoidance will be realized on future
office moves. H.I.S. provided technical leadership in design of the high-speed Capitol Hill network (CapNet). Capacity upgrades have been made to the House Internet which consists of over 150 PC networks, 35 Macintosh networks, 12 DEC VAX computers, and eight UNIX computers.
SERVICES TO HOUSE OFFICERS AND SUPPORT OFFICES
OFFICE OF THE POSTMASTER. H.I.S. implemented the Mail Accounting System, and the Address Correction and Postage Due applications, and developed new Label and Personnel systems.
OFFICE OF THE DOORKEEPER. H.I.S. installed a Personnel system, and LANS for the Pages, the Press Gallery, and the Publications Distribution Service, which uses advanced mail addressing software to reduce costs.
OFFICE OF THE CLERK. The Office of Telecommunications system was enhanced. Modernization of the Financial Management System continued. A Macintosh LAN was installed to run a Budget Information System. Assistance was provided for the Finance Office to become the House Restaurant disbursing office. redesigned and began programming the new Office Systems Management (OSM) system. A new Financial Disclosure System using optical disk, and a Campaign Financing System using the Filenet imaging system were implemented. House Recording Studio programs were rewritten. H.I.S. assisted Office Supply Services with modernizing their point-of-sales operations.
SERGEANT AT ARMS. H.I.S. developed an Electronic Fund Transfer capability for the Member Payroll System, and led the Request For Proposals (RFP) task force to identify a new Identification
Badging and Access Control system.
PC-based catering and menu systems were
developed. A new mini-computer system using point-of-sale
BASIC LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE HOUSE
LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT. Automated publication of House Legislative Calendars began, and the Calendar Index and Floor Action Reporting were enhanced. The Legislative Activity Guide was produced for Members. In the Legislative Information Management System, the Bill Briefs subsystem was rewritten, and development started on the new Daily Digest system.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. Development included an Official
PUBLICATIONS. H.I.S. completed the electronic transfer of House
IMAGING, CD-ROM, AND OPTICAL DISK
CENTRAL COMPUTING FACILITIES
The IBM 3090/400J mainframe processor
was replaced with the IBM ES9000/620, resulting in substantial cost savings. Automated mainframe operations included implementing a Robotic Tape Subsystem which provides automatic tape handling for over 6,000 cartridge tapes, voice console support to assist with operator intervention, and automatic pager notification system.
SUPPORT TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS H.I.S. provided timesharing, computer, data communications, and training services to the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Technology Assessment, and the Prospective Payments Commission on a cost reimbursement basis, defraying H.I.S. baseline expenses.
H.I.S. provided technical consulting services to the legislatures of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as part of the Speaker's Special Task Force on the Development of Parliamentary Institutions in Eastern Europe. H.I.S. assisted these legislatures with implementing communications and office automation technology. Seven RFPs were issued, and eleven contracts totaling over $3.3 million were awarded.