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ber 1998, Info systems staff developed a standard software template, and procedure to install new NT clients. The current schedule is to replace the existing MAI mainframe and all existing PC's in Q1/99 with Y2K compliant hardware and software. Y2K Testing will commence in Q2/99. The Page School LAN
The Page School currently has a Windows NT LAN, server version 3.51. This software version will be upgraded to version 4.0 in 1999. Additional hardware and software scanning capabilities were added in September 1999. Typical users include the administrative staff, teachers, and students. Administrative staff use the Blackbaud program for students records and grades. These records are confidential. In 1998, a new systems administrator joined the Page School, and networking protocols were established to administer this NT Server by Info system staff remotely from the Capitol. This adds quicker response to support questions and problems as they arise. The Office of Senate Security LAN
The Office of Senate Security inventories and tracks all classified information that comes into the Senate. In the Fall of 1996 their system was completely upgraded from a Novell system to a new Windows NT LAN with top-of-the-line equipment and a new Document Management System was purchased. For security reasons, the computer systems in Senate Security cannot be connected to any other system in the Senate so two PC's connected to the Secretary's LAN (and not to their LAN) have been installed so that staff can have access to cc:mail and the INTERNET. Cc:mail upgrades were performed to bring the client version up to at least version 6.x. The Senate Disbursing Office LAN
By the end of September 1998, during the second hardware installation phase, fifty new Windows95 clients were installed in Disbursing. No additional changes have occurred with respect to the NT Server operation. Also in September, Info system staff resources were allocated to assist with the installation of client software for all member offices. In October 1998, staff analyzed the NT servers and found the following; One Primary Domain Controller (Doves) running SQL database is installed in its own domain called \\D01-SQL\Doves. A second Primary Domain Controller is called \\SCC-DODO1. The later authenticates all standard user account logins, while the Doves Server supplies the SQL database information for client connectivity. The issue is simply that Windows NT thinks that both servers have the same hardware identification. Additionally, a software trust relationship must be intact for users to gain accessed to Doves. Should the trust relationship decay, network resources are lost. Meeting with SAA customer support and the Disbursing system administrator in November 98, an upgraded NT server hardware configuration was identified and ordered from SAA. On February 17, 1999 the upgraded NT server was installed in the DO. Additionally Windows NT server software was reinstalled on the Doves server correcting the above problems. With this initial phase complete, the remainder of the project involves adding application and printing services to the new NT server, and retiring the original server. This process in on-going and will be accomplished in Q2 of 1999. The Office of Public Records (OPR)
OPR uses FileNet, a UNIX-based document management and imaging system, for maintaining public records such as lobbying forms; campaign finance reports; and financial disclosure reports. PC's are available to the public for searching, viewing, and printing these documents. These six patron systems are scheduled to be replaced in Q2/99. The FileNet workflow system includes scanning the original document into the database, inputting some data regarding the document, and then microfilming it for archival purposes.
A working group had been established to tackle the many issues currently facing OPR, including: upgrading the System Hardware and the FileNet; In Q3/98 the server software was upgraded to NT4.0, allowing the FileNet application software to be ported to the next higher Y2K compliant version. Bill Clerk (S-123)
After an existing ATS software glitch caused a major system error to the Secretary's NT server in July 1998, a replacement Amendment Tracking server was installed in August with upgraded software to index and print amendments processed by the Bill Clerk. This server now resides in ST-58 and is monitored by SOS for correct performance during peak work periods. Scanned amendments are processed automatically by the Bill Clerk and personnel in the Copy Center, and printed via the network to the Enrolling Clerk, and Daily Digest. Network Printers were also allocated and tested for amendment printing in the Reporters office. Amendments are then previewed and committed and sent via the Senate Fiber Network for posting on the Senate Web server. Enrolling Clerk (S-139)
In May of 1998, the Government Printing Office, in conjunction with the Senate Office of Legislative Counsel, moved Senate legislative documents from a DEC-VAX mainframe located at GPO, to a secure HTTP Web server located at SOLC. A separate DECNET PC client which previously used DECNET LAT Services networking protocol, was replaced with a Windows95 Netscape client to retrieve information directly from SOLC. The DEC Mainframe was still utilized until July 1998, when it was disconnected at GPO. In August 1998, separate FTP accounts were established at GPO to insure that the Enrolling Clerk can retrieve documents from GPO, Senate Legislative Counsel, and the House Enrolling Clerk offices. Journal Clerk (S-135)
With the disconnection of the DEC mainframe noted above, the Journal Clerk could no longer retrieve the previous days Congressional Record from GPO. After several meetings in August, new networking accounts were established to transfer files electronically from the Senate to GPO. Effectively, file transfer protocol via the CAPNET ETHERNET/INTERNET are now used in place of the previous DEC-NET/ Novell proprietary gateways. A non-Y2K compliant PC was replaced and upgraded in the Journal Clerk office in September 1998, and now files can be viewed for accuracy before they are transferred from GPO. In the past no error correction was in place.
In December 1998, beta testing continued for replacing the “ two PC's” for every clerk to one single Windows95 client that will execute WordPerfect and Ventura applications to produce camera-ready Journal output to be sent to GPO for publication. Morning Business / Daily Digest /Official Reporters
On July 30, 1998 when GPO disconnected the SOLC DEC VAX mainframe at their facility, all Senate legislation file transfers stopped. It was not clear to either SOLC or GÑO, that this would happen. Reporters, Daily Digest, and Morning Business files were sent via floppy diskette to GPO for processing. During the August recess, working with SAA and GPO, individual FTP accounts were established for Morning Business, Daily Digest, and Reporters. By activating separate accounts at GPO for each department, files are now transferred electronically and verified at the time of transfer. Log files are verified and track each electronic transfer. The older SOS gateway was replaced with a standard Windows95 client, running FTP across CAPNET. This new gateway process is verified as Y2K compliant. In the event of a gateway failure, files can be manually transferred from any FTP client running Windows95. Senate Library (S-332)
The primary support goal for the Senate Library was to upgrade and replace all existing hardware and software prior to the Library move in January 1999. In December 1998, staff replaced all Library Windows workstations with 25 Win95 PC's, added a NT4.0 Server, and implemented improved network printing for the Senate Library. Only eight of the 25 personal computers required to be purchased new; the remainder were procured simply by cleaning house. During the period of May-August, approximately 21 Compaq Deskpro Workstations were refurbished, software reinstalled, and application software upgraded for the Library. This represent a cost savings of approximately $35,000. Datatrek replacement software was purchased to meet Y2K compliancy. Data conversions are expected to be completed in Q1/99. Printing and Document Services (SH-B04)
In April 1998, SAA contracted Wang to install a new server for Printing and Document Services. Wang installed the NT server as a Secondary Domain Controller to the Secretary LAN and transported the hardware to Postal Square for further engineering. In July 1998, at the request of SAA, Info Systems reviewed the ongoing project to determine the exact levels of operating system software, and met with OPDS and SAA personnel to outline future support requirements. At that point it was determined to reinstall the NT system software, reload Microsoft SQL Server software, and establish a conduit in order to test links between Printing and Document Service and the developing engineers at Postal Square. Those items were accomplished in August 1998. At this point, project completion is estimated in Q2/Q3 1999 with the transfer of this server to Printing and Documents Services. There may be tethers to the existing LIS project, and those links will require further discovery.
Presently, on-demand printing is accomplished utilizing a Xerox Docutech printing system. A duplicate system is installed at GPO. File transfers are shared between these two systems to send documents to OPDS. The existing operating system and installed hardware at OPDS is not Y2K compliant. GPO will replace non-compliant hardware and software for the Docutech in Q2/1999. Historical Office (SH-201)
One significant addition to the Historical Office in 1998 was the added capability to edit changes made to the Bibliographic Directory of the United States Congress. This web site directory (http://bioguide.congress.gov) provides all bibliographic information from 1774 to present. Senate historians now have the added features to edit and revise the database. Bibliographic information is available to all internal Senate web clients who require information on any specific Congressional member. The necessary SQL client software was installed and network protocols were establish to accomplish this task. Year 2000 Department Status
One of the primary goals of the Information Systems Department within the Secretary Office is to insure Year 2000 readiness and compliance for all installed hardware and software systems.
Beginning in May of 1998, in conjunction with the Sergeant of Arms Y2K Project Office, the Mitretek Group performed a detailed assessment of all computer related activity. This assessment did not include the ongoing LIS or FMIS project. Completed in December of 1998, this assessment provides detailed structure to those mission critical functions and vulnerabilities.
During this same time frame, and in parallel with this assessment, all personal computers were either updated and/or replaced with compliant hardware. Most importantly the outdated network transfer method of moving legislation from the Capitol to the United States Government Printing Office was replaced. Legislation is now transferred electronically via a Y2K compliant gateway to GPO.
At present Y2K compliance is mandatory for all new projects. The Legislative Information System (LI which is composed of the Document Management System, Amendment Tracking, and Committee Scheduling will replace the current LEGIS mainframe application in August of 1999. The Financial Information System (FMIS) application consists of two modules, FAMIS and ADPICS, are deemed compliant and in present use in Disbursing, SAA, and the Secretary's Office. Other major projects include the replacement hardware and software for the Office of Printing and Document Services, and the MAI mainframe replacement in Stationery/Gift Shop. OPDS is scheduled for completion in August 1999, and Stationery completion is targeted for April 1999.
As of February 1999, over 450 systems within the Office of the Secretary have been inventoried and assessed for Year 2000 compliance. Software packages that require revision upgrades have been purchased to replace existing applications. Efforts are underway to test existing applications in March 1999. COTS software testing will include Corel Suite 8 applications, CC:MAIL, and FTP File transfers to GPO. Every system currently in production passes the YMark200 diagnostic test which establishes next century operation.
INTERPARLIAMENTARY SERVICES TRIPS 1998 January 5–11, 1998—Codel Lott: Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico (Senators Lott, Murkowski, Breaux, DeWine and Roberts).
January 11-21, 1998—Codel Domenici: England, Germany, Switzerland and Brussels (Senators Domenici, Nickles, Abraham and Hagel).
May 14–18, 1998-Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: Nantucket, Massachusetts. Chairman: Senator Murkowski. Vice Chairman: Senator Murray. (Senators Murkowski and Grassley).
May 22-27, 1998—North Atlantic Assembly: Spring Meeting. Barcelona, Spain. Chairman: Senator Roth. Vice Chairman: Senator Biden. (Senators Roth and Hutchinson).
May 23-31, 1998—Codel Nickles/Lieberman: Israel, Cyprus and BosniaHerzegovina. (Senators Nickles, Lieberman and Reed).
June 19-21, 1998—Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: Morelia, Mexico. Chairman: Senator Roberts. 1 Vice Chairman: Senator Dodd. (Senators Roberts and Sessions).
1 Named Chairman for Morelia conference only. Senator Hutchison unable to attend.
June 27-July 5, 1998—Codel Domenici: France and Russia. (Senators Domenici, Thompson and Grams).
November 2–13, 1998—U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change: Buenos Aries, Argentina. Chairman: Senator Hagel. (Senators Hagel, Kerrey and Enzi).
November 9-20, 1998—North Atlantic Assembly: Fall Meeting. Scotland, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark. Chairman: Senator Roth. Vice Chairman: Senator Bumpers. (Senators Roth, Bumpers, Hatch, Warner, Grassley, Mikulski, Akaka, Thompson, Hutchinson, Sessions, Gordon Smith and Enzi).
December 10-12, 1998—Codel Domenici: Honduras and Nicaragua. (Senators
INTERPARLIAMENTARY SERVICES OFFICIAL FOREIGN VISITORS
February 10–H.E. Jaroslav SEDIVY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic (7). H.E. Laszlo KOVACS, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hungary. H.E. Bronislaw GEREMEK, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland. Mr. Karel Kovanda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic.
March 2–Mr. Giuseppe Lumia, Member of Parliament, Italy (1).
September 25–His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (12).
October 7–Mr. Suen-ming Chiang, Ministry of Justice, Taiwan (1).
PREPARED STATEMENT OF TIMOTHY S. WINEMAN Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to present to your Committee, the Budget of the United States Senate for fiscal year 2000.
Mr. Chairman, the fiscal year 2000 budget estimates for the Senate have been included in the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2000. This Budget has been developed in accordance with requests and proposals submitted by the various offices and functions of the Senate. The total budget estimates for the Senate are $565,567,000, which reflect an increase of $50,876,000, or 9.88 percent over the amount appropriated for fiscal year 1999 and does not reflect any adjustments to these estimates which may be presented to your Committee during these hearings. The total appropriations for the Senate for fiscal year 1999 are
$514,691,000. An individual analysis of the budget estimates for all functions and offices has been included in the Senate Budget Book, previously provided to your Committee.
The budget estimates for fiscal year 2000 are divided into three major categories as follows: Senate Items
$97,540,000 Contingent Expense Items
420,053,000 Joint Items of the Senate
47,974,000 Specifically, Mr. Chairman, the increase for fiscal year 2000 over the fiscal year 1999 enacted levels is a result of: (1) $21,601,500 increase in administrative expenses and capital assets, primarily attributable to the request of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate; (2) $13,434,000 increase in the budget estimate for Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account to fully fund the allowances which are under-funded as a result of the consolidation of population categories, increases in the populations of various states, and the increase in the Legislative Assistance Allowance authorized in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1993, and the $50,000 per Member increase in the Administrative and Clerical Assistance Allowance authorized by the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999; (3) $11,422,000 for the anticipated 3.9 percent cost of living increase for fiscal year 2000, and the annualization costs of the fiscal year 1999 cost of living adjustment; (4) $2,805,500 for personnel adjustments other than the cost of living, attributable primarily to the budget request of the Sergeant at Arms and the budget request of the Capitol Police; (5) $1,895,000 increase in agency contributions applicable to the cost of living adjustments and other personnel increase requests; (6) $202,000 decrease in the request for the Joint Committee on Printing, for which no fiscal year 2000 request for funding was submitted; (7) $80,000 decrease in requests for overtime.
Mr. Chairman, I submit for the consideration of your Committee, the Budget of the United States Senate for fiscal year 2000.
CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
Senator BENNETT. Thank you very much. I am going to ask you an unfair question, but it pops into my head listening to you. Do you have any idea when the visitors center might be completed?
Mr. Sisco. That is a good question. I believe that the Architect has proposed, or is in the process of proposing to the House and Senate committees that he is currently reporting to, a schedule that would complete the visitor center by 2004.
That would be his best case scenario, as I understand it, given no delays in the decisionmaking processes. I believe that to meet that goal he has requested a streamlined structure to get answers at the appropriate stages along the way of planning and designing and constructing it, so there will not be any undue delays.
I believe he has testified before the House Appropriations Committee that if that is not done it could be as late as 2008, or 2009, for the visitor center to be completed.
Senator BENNETT. I would have to run for reelection to be around for that one. [Laughter.]
Mr. Sisco. But I do think he can—if we all work together, if the plan that was anticipated in the 105th Congress is approved by the 106th, and if the Architect is given some streamlined decisionmaking apparatus, where he can move along in the decisionmaking process while at the same time the House and the Senate leadership and committees have oversight over how the project is goingthen I think it can become a reality by 2004.
FMIS PROCESSING OF VOUCHERS Senator BENNETT. Now, the Disbursing Office has done an outstanding job, in my opinion, in picking up the FMIS project and