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will be expended in fiscal year 1980 in this category. Each Member's individual allowance includes $7,000 per session for these types of expenditures.
This concludes the detailed analysis of the component accounts which make up the subcategory "Official Expenses of Members" within “Allowances and Expenses”. As I indicated when we first started our testimony on “Allowances and Expenses”, even though all these categories, other than Clerk Hire, are one allowance, we feel the dollar amount of this category warrants separate accountability by cost centers. I hope this detail is helpful in your budget analysis and that you will find the monthly summaries by type of expenses equally helpful in your personal Congressional Office budget.
MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE RENT Mr. BENJAMIN. Bob?
Mr. MICHEL. On the District Office Representatives' accounts, do we have any maximum per square foot allowances there?
Mr. LAWLER. By square foot?
Mr. MICHEL. In the District Office rent that Members pay, is there any maximum ceiling on cost per square foot?
Mr. LAWLER. There isn't a maximum ceiling on the dollar amount you could pay per square foot but there is a maximum ceiling on the dollar amount of the money you have available. That is, if you were to rent space for $14 a square foot but your allowance only had computed in $10 a square foot, you would be taking money that could have been used for some other purpose.
Mr. MICHEL. And the rule still applies that if there is an office or space available in a Federal building, the Member is obliged to have his District Office in that Federal building space before you approve any outside space?
Mr. LAWLER. No, sir; there is no specific regulation that requires that now. The allowance that you would use could be expended for any official purpose and it could include the renting of private space, a mobile home or Federal space.
We might emphasize at this point that payments are made to GSA for the space that you rent. Under the old program, as you remember, the Federal space would have been available in a sense free of charge. But at this point now you are accountable financially for any Federal space that you would lease.
It may be interesting for the committee to note proportionately in fiscal year 1978 the House expended approximately $4 million for Federal space and approximately $2.5 million for private space. Mr. MICHEL. I think that is all I have, Mr. Chairman.
HISTORY OF ALLOWANCES
Mr. CONTE. I want to compliment you on your graph on page 39. Could you supplement that, with dollar figures?
Mr. HENSHAW. We can do that with no problem; yes, sir.
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SUPPLIES, MATERIALS, ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND FEDERAL TORT
CLAIMS Mr. BENJAMIN. Any other questions?
Mr. HENSHAW. Mr. Chairman, if it's all right with you I am going to ask the Deputy Clerk, who works with that all of the time, to continue the statement. Would that be all right?
Mr. BENJAMIN. That would be all right.
Mr. MICHEL. Mr. Chairman, back up one minute.
I have one question: I am a veteran, a member of the Federal Civil Service Retirement plan for Members. If I should, when I retire, add my three and one-half years credit of military service to the Civil Service Retirement Fund, do you all pay that or where does that get picked up?
Mr. LAWLER. The Sergeant at Arms administers the retirement program for the Members. We have all of the rest of the employees but, as I understand it, your military service would be included in the computation with your civilian government service work. The percentages that will be used in determining your annuity applying to your various years of military and civilian service I believe are higher for Members of Congress than they may have been in other Federal positions.
Mr. MICHEL. But I was wondering specifically on the contribution to the retirement fund for that amount of military service credited to your total period of time, and we never paid it when we were in the service, but you get credit for it and it has to come from someplace.
Mr. COLLEY. You received credit for it and the Civil Service Commission, when they start paying your retirement, will in effect lump that in with your House service without deposit.
The House has paid a matching contribution for every year you have been here.
Mr. BENJAMIN. In other words, the taxpayer is paying for that?
Mr. HENSHAW. Yes, but I just suggest you see Bill Johnson downstairs in the Sergeant at Arms Office, and he can outline it for you.
Mr. MICHEL. I wondered if there was a contingency fund or whatever, an allocation.
Mr. COLLEY. We have an allocation for House employees to pay the government contributions.
Mr. MICHEL. But not for Members?
Mr. COLLEY. It's budgeted in the Sergeant at Arms request for Members, since he makes your salary payments.
Mr. MICHEL. I see.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Would you proceed with the Supplies and Materials.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION Mr. COLLEY. For Supplies, Materials, Administrative Costs and Federal Tort Claims, $3,483,600. This item covers a variety of pur
chases for the House other than the supplies and materials utilized by the Property Supply and Repair Service.
In addition to supplies and materials, all administrative costs relative to the operation of support offices for telephone, stationery, postage and lease, purchase and repair of equipment are included in this estimate.
This year we are including $310,179 for reimbursement to the Department of Labor for employee' compensation claims. Also included are funds for the U.S. Code Annotated and the U.S. Code Service for Members; film and related materials for the Office of Finance used in processing House security identification cards; newspaper subscriptions; stationery supplies for House Leadership and Standing Committees and several other items not specifically covered elsewhere in this appropriation bill.
ANALYSIS OF INCREASE Mr. BENJAMIN. If I understand, this account is going up from $2,578,511 to a request for $3,483,600. Why the sizable increase in this account?
Mr. COLLEY. I think the basic increase is probably not attributable to two or three things, but to several things. My recollection is that the billing we receive from the Department of Labor, for example, for employees' compensations claims is up. I am sure stationery is up.
One of the largest items appears to be the administrative costs for telephone services to the various House offices.
Mr. BENJAMIN. How much is that up?
Mr. COLLEY. I do not have an exact figure but it is noted here. We can put it in the record.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Get the calculation showing how you broke down the 1979 estimate and the 1980 estimate to show the sizable difference.
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