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Explanation of Changes Shown on Schedule C

HOUSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS

The FY '96 net request for the House Information System (HIS) is $16,685,000. This is a 4.17% increase over the original FY '95 enacted amount of $16,017,000. The FY '96 budget combined with estimated reimbursements of $6,526,000 would fully fund an operating budget of $23,211,000.

Mandatory Pay and Related Changes:

Personnel increases are attributed to the annualization of the FY '95 Cost of Living Adjustment, full funding of the authorization and meritorious increases, the cost of which is approximately equal to and would be applied in place of the prorated FY '96 Cost of Living Adjustment.

Price Level Changes:

Price increases are attributed to inflation.

Program Type Changes:

TRAVEL: A 20% increase is estimated in anticipation of increased support requirements in Members' District offices during the onset of the 104th Congress.

RENT, COMMUNICATIONS, UTILITIES: Increases are attributed to operating expenses not previously charged to H.I.S.'s account.

SUPPLIES: The reduction is attributed to sufficient quantities of computer storage tape cartridges acquired in FY '95.

OTHER SERVICES: This category consists of four items in H.I.S. 's budget. Each of the items is explained as follows:

(1) External Services: A 20% reduction is expected based on the requirement for data analysis computing services. This service, currently provided to the Appropriations Committee by an outside Time Sharing Service, will be replaced by a more efficient and cost effective system.

(2) Software Rental/Maintenance contracts, and (3) Software Licenses and Fees: Increases result from the FY '95 upgrade of the mainframe computer processor to a higher category of technology, which triggers automatic price increases. Also, additional software is planned to expand the postal National Change of Address (NCOA) system at H.I.S. Electronic Mail facilities will also be expanded by the addition or proprietary software to the mainframe facility.

(4) Employee Training: This category will be reduced as a cost saving measure. Critical training requirements of technical staff will, however, be maintained under the reduced budget.

EQUIPMENT: The equipment request is 2.1% less than FY '95. Of the amount requested, 60% is for continuation of lease, rental and maintenance of office equipment. The remainder of the equipment budget is for the purchase of equipment for support of the following efforts:

Communication Services: Several capital investments are planned which include: Fiber-optic Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) upgrade and backbone backup in preparation for the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) communications in 1996 which will expand network performance for House offices; routers for additional LAN/WAN requests for Member office; continuation of Ethernet installations for Member and Committee offices; provide communications improvements as part of the Architect's Cannon Office Building Renovation Project.

Committee and House Office Support: For the purchase of Internet servers; Client Support systems; imaging, optical disk storage and document workflow development systems; MicroMIN and

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NOTE: The FY '96 budget, prepared by the 103rd Congress does not reflect the changes that will be effected by the 104th Congress.

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Explanation of Changes Shown on Schedule C

ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES

ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES-OFFICIAL EXPENSES OF MEMBERS

All Member non personnel items are paid out of this category. The FY '96 request of $85,525,000 represents the estimated FY '96 full authorization. That is, the FY '96 estimate indicates the annual impact of every Member using 100% of the funds authorized. This estimate is an increase of 7.2% over the FY '95 originally enacted appropriation. There are no specific FY '96 new program requests.

Price Level Changes:

Price increases are attributed to inflation.

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