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Mr. BENJAMIN. If Mr. Lawler will respond, does the $1 million include anything for the farmers, protection against the farmers?
Mr. LAWLER. I understand that our program supplemental was to take into account only the longevity program.
Mr. BENJAMIN. We are not on the supplemental. We are on the 1980 request of $1 million for overtime. Mr. COLLEY. We have had no request on this.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Do we anticipate seeing this then, the one million six hundred and some thousand dollars?
Mr. HARDING. We have already run out of the overtime.
Mr. COLLEY. We would anticipate receiving the request for the second supplemental bill.
ANALYSIS OF $1 MILLION OF OVERTIME Mr. BENJAMIN. Let me just ask you this, Chief: In your $1 million projection, which I indicated earlier was what you said was paid for the House and the Senate back in 1977, what is that for? Would you break that down as to how you came to $1 million in overtime?
Chief POWELL. Yes, sir, we can submit that for the record. We have a breakdown, a long list of regular needs.
[The following schedule was provided for the record:]
Mr. BENJAMIN. How much of that is for the House, that is, the House Chambers?
Chief POWELL. It is the whole picture, actually, is what it amounts to. Some of it is, for instance, when the President comes to address a joint session of Congress. Mr. BENJAMIN. The same thing every year?
Chief POWELL. Yes, sir, but still you can't plan to have that many people working regularly, so they have to work overtime. The Congress, in its wisdom, and I certainly didn't object to it, saw fit to pay the police officers for extra duty that they did work. This all started back in the riot days of 1968, Mr. Chairman, for the Capitol Police. We canceled all days off and worked 12 hours a day, some times longer, 7 days a week, and they had no additional money. It was all just from dedication. Many of the men at that time had side jobs and they were working in order to support their families. They had to give up their outside duties or jobs and they just had financial hardships. Mr. BENJAMIN. We understand that, Chief.
Chief POWELL. As a result of that, we approved overtime and then we got into the situation where we are now.
Mr. BENJAMIN. You are indicating to us that we are going to see a separate figure somewhere along the line of $1,650,000 plus $14,000 for food, which may be even greater by the time you pull your troops off, but you also asked for $1 million and you said you would break it down for us on how you projected it, and we would appreciate your doing that.
Let me ask a couple of other questions and see if the committee has some more questions.
POLICE PROMOTIONS In September of 1978, six Metropolitan policemen, three on the House side, and three on the Senate side, were given promotions. As you know this committee directed in its report last year that there be no further promotions from outside forces. Since we want new positions and vacancies to be filled by members of the Capitol Police, I hope you understand our directive and have adjusted your employment practices accordingly. However, that was just before October 1 and we understand that.
However, I understand now that you are planning to make these promotions which were acting positions permanent. If so, do you need approval from the House Administration Committee to make these permanent?
Chief POWELL. The three House and three Senate, Mr. Chairman, in the past this Capitol Police Board item had never been handled by the House Administration Committee or the Senate Rules Committee. It had always been processed through this committee.
Mr. BENJAMIN. How do they get from acting to permanent rank?
Chief POWELL. In the past under similar conditions any person serving in a capacity at the will and on the recommendation of the board and with the approval of this committee and the Congress were elevated to a rank and pay status equivalent to that acting capacity.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Are you going to ask the committee to do anything in regard to these promotions, and if so, what action?
Chief POWELL. Yes, I have written a letter to the chairman of the board regarding that and recommended based on the fact that these individuals have served in this capacity. I might add, by the way, Mr. Chairman, that these are not new additional people who have been brought on the scene.
Mr. BENJAMIN. We understand that. [The information follows:]