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BUDGET BY COST CENTERS Mr. HENSHAW. We also have one of my assistants who works with the Finance Office, Mr. Tom Ladd, and Stan Brand, over to my right, who is my counsel. They will be with me this morning. Mr. Chairman. We have added charts in my statement this year which we hope will be helpful to the subcommittee in its deliberations.
I will just refer to these as we go through, and I would be glad to answer any questions.
Mr. Chairman, this is an increase of about $26.4 million. However, the increase over the current fiscal year is not quite as high as it first appears. The figures utilized for fiscal year 1979 do not include pending supplemental appropriation requests totaling $10,119,800. These funds are for a program supplemental for the Education of Pages and the 5.5 percent pay increase granted to employees of the House October 1, 1978.
The chart on page 4 shows the component makeup of the budget by cost centers. As you can see, the greater portion of our budget is for salaries.
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SUBCOMMITTEE PRINT FORMAT Mr. HENSHAW. We are endeavoring, at the suggestion of your subcommittee staff, to produce a single source of budget language, spending histories, amounts requested, and legislative authorities. We believe you will find this year's Subcommittee Print to be your primary reference book.
As we discuss each line item and subcategory, you will find the corresponding Subcommittee Print page numbers. As in the past, a schedule of our estimates and the appropriate amounts for up to 10 prior years follows the proposed language of the present bill in the Subcommittee Print. The Subcommittee Print also contains the fiscal year 1978, fiscal year 1979 and fiscal year 1980 estimates. From time to time, I will refer to the Subcommittee Print for annualized expenditure levels and other statistical information.
SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST We are requesting additional amounts to cover both the 5.5 percent pay raise granted last October for fiscal year 1979 and a program increase for the education of pages. The supplemental was requested by the Deputy Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools, a figure of some $27,600, to cover the cost of an additional teaching position, increased costs in health benefits, textbooks and educational supplies. The pay increase for House employees was the same as the one approved for all Federal employees.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Before proceeding with the supplemental, let me determine if Mr. Rudd has any questions on your opening statement.
ANNUAL COST-OF-LIVING RAISE Mr. RUDD. I only have a couple of questions that I would like to ask about the overall picture.
One has to do with the personnel paid. Do you pro-rate the annual cost-of-living raises that are authorized, which I think amounted to 5.5 percent last year? If an employee comes on, say, in June and their raise comes up in October or November, do you prorate it instead of a full year increase, to reflect the amount of time the individual has worked, or do you just put the raise in the way it is? Or do you think that is a good idea?
Mr. HENSHAW. This is up to the individual offices and Members as to how they want to handle that, once they get the authorization for the pay increase. Of course they have to indicate to us that they want these pay increases granted. Mr. Rudd. What about your employees?
Mr. HENSHAW. My employees? Yes, sir, we gave them the pay increase, pro-rated, of course, as we go through the year.
Mr. Rudd. How do you pro-rate it? Mr. HENSHAW. At the regular monthly increment. We increase it each month, the same as the Members. This is our guideline, our policy, to proceed the same as the Members, with the increase month by month.
TELEVISED PROCEEDINGS-RECOVERY OF COST Mr. RUDD. With regard to the Recording Studio, what we are setting up? What arrangements are made to obtain reimbursements for costs in this area from the private sector, or from radio and television stations that might want to use this facility or make inquiries on their own?
Mr. HENSHAW. Do you mean the Recording Studio or do you mean the televising of the proceedings that we are just starting?
Mr. RUDD. Whoever is going to use the televised results. ·
Mr. HENSHAW. I don't have Bill Hartnett with me. There is a schedule on what we will charge for tapes. I will be glad to submit that for the record. It is something we have just finalized working with Congressman Charlie Rose. There is a cost, but I can't give you the exact figure. I can supply information on our proposal.
[The information follows:] My office has recently submitted suggested rates for the duplication of audio and video tapes to the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Broadcasting. It is our goal, and that of the Committee, to develop a rate schedule for tape duplication that will cover the costs of equipment, personnel, supplies and general overhead. As of this date, the Advisory Committee has not yet released the final rates for these services.
RECORDING STUDIO EMPLOYEE REQUEST Mr. RUDD. You have indicated in this regard that 12 additional positions for the Recording Studio have been put in primarily for broadcast coverage of proceedings. Mr. HENSHAW. Yes, sir.
Mr. RUDD. There must be some measure being taken to try to recover some of the costs perhaps in that way.
Mr. HENSHAW. May I let the deputy clerk give a couple of comments?
AUDIO/TV TAPE-PURCHASE PRICE Mr. COLLEY. Mr. Rudd, the table of charges for purchasing, in effect, a radio tape or a video tape of the floor proceedings has been proposed, based on what we see as the costs involved to the House. That has been submitted to the Advisory Committee to the Speaker who has been generally in charge of this whole project. In other words, if you or the chairman should purchase a tape, you would pay a charge for that.
As far as I personally know, there will be no charge made to the media for a direct pickup from the floor at the time it is taking place. If they bought a tape tomorrow of what is happening today, then yes, they would pay the charge. This schedule of charges is similar to the schedule of charges we have in the House recording studio for any Member making a television tape. We have not received the final approval of the proposed charges. We would be happy to provide it for the record, if you would like.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Will you be kind enough to yield for a minute? Mr. RUDD. Certainly.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Let me continue with this. On the audio portion which was in effect as of the beginning of the second session of the 95th Congress, has there been any charge to the broadcast media for that?
Mr. COLLEY. Not as far as I know.
Mr. BENJAMIN. What was our capital outlay for just the audio coverage of the House proceedings?
Mr. COLLEY. I don't think I can give you a figure but I will endeavor to obtain it.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Would you supply that for the record? [The information follows:]
The audio coverage of the House proceedings which was initiated during the Second Session of the 95th Congress was provided by the Architect of the Capitol by a single line feed off the PA system to the radio and TV press gallery in the Capitol. The Architect's office advises that because audio distribution is a relatively simple function, there were no major costs involved. They used existing personnel and supplies to provide this service.
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MEMBERS' PURCHASE OF AUDIO TAPE Mr. BENJAMIN. Has there been a procedure enacted that would allow Members to buy their audio portion, or any audio portion, whether it is theirs or anyone else's?
Mr. COLLEY. Yes. We have worked out the schedule of proposed charges, and submitted it for approval.
Mr. HENSHAW. Also, audio.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Apparently there was no charge in 1978; is that correct?
Mr. COLLEY. That is correct. However, no audio tapes were made available.
Mr. HENSHAW. If I could interject just a minute, Mr. Chairman, audio was handled by the Architect, as stated. I think it would be public information, because the signal was available.
To back up just a minute to Mr. Rudd, I think your question was if a member wanted to buy one of his tapes?
Mr. RUDD. No.
Mr. RUDD. That is right. I want to know whether there are any plans to charge the media for anything that they want to get, and the things that they are going to get anyway. There is no way we can charge them for what they pick up. Mr. HENSHAW. No, sir. Mr. Rudd. What arrangements have you made for that?
Mr. HENSHAW. There are plans for a charge on tapes, and I will supply the committee with that information.
AUDIO SYSTEM CAPITAL COSTS Mr. BENJAMIN. Would you supply for the record, and I realize that some of it may be within the purview of the Architect, but if you will gather it and put it in one spot in the record, one, the capital costs of establishing the audio system in 1978, and whether there was any charge to the broadcast media, or any charge to any Member who obtained part of that audio.