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Breakdown of Estimated cost of Sound System
Professional services of acoustical consultants:
For development and completion of design of the
system, preparation of specifications for com-
For services during the installation of the system by government personnel, testing and adjusting the installation, and instructing government personnel in the operation of the system. .......
Total - acoustical consultants..................$ 15,000
Service of component manufacturers' technicians to
assist government employees during installation......
Cost of system components, wiring materials, supplies,
and miscellaneous devices, delivered to site. ......
Premium pay for overtime services by government per
sonnel in making installation during other than regular working hours, in order not to disturb operations in the House Chamber......
Miscellaneous and contingencies........
Total Estimated Cost.....
Funding of Sound System
Based on the above estimate submitted to the Committees
on Appropriations in 1970, $105,000 was provided by the Congress
in the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1971 (Public Law 91-382,
approved August 18, 1970), under the appropriation "Capitol Buildings,
Architect of the Capitol."
Deferment of Project
In deference to the authority vested in your Commission
in the Legislative Reorganization Act, approved October 26, 1970,
relating to changes in the galleries, we deferred action on the
previously approved sound reinforcing system until the project
could be coordinated with any changes your Commission might approve
for the galleries generally - as indicated in my letter to you of April 13, 1971.
We have not used the $105,000 for other purposes but, at our request, the full amount has been continued available each year, the
last legislation continuing the funds available until June 30, 1973.
Recommendation Relating to Sound System
If there is to be any prolonged delay in deciding upon other
changes in the galleries, I recommend that your Commission concur in our
proceeding with installation of the new sound system during the current
fiscal year. We have been advised by the sound consultants that the
sound system proposed would be adequate whether or not the glass barrier
is installed and that modifications to sound system would not be sub
stantial in the event it is decided later to install the glass enclosure.
OTHER IMPROVED FACILITIES IN THE GALLERIES FOR VISITORS :
We have not engaged in study of the other items mentioned in
the Legislative Reorganization Act, but in accordance with your request,
we have concentrated our efforts on the proposal to enclose the galleries
and to improve the sound reinforcement system.
I am enclosing sufficient copies of this report and the
sketches so that a copy of each may be sent to each Member of your
I appreciate your deep interest in these matters. Please be assured that I am ready to cooperate with you and your Commission
and to assist you in any way you deem appropriate.
George M. White, FAIA
OFFICE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Mr. BENJAMIN.Your next division.
Mr. MOLLOY. Yes, the Office of Photography, under Keith Jewell, operates as two separate functions, the majority and minority. The minority is not under my jurisdiction. That operates under the term the Republicans use similar to our Policy and Steering Conference. There is an on-line study right now to possibly combine the two of these as a service-type organization, and that speaks for itself, whatever conclusion is reached. ::
Mr. BENJAMIN. They were switched from Policy? Mr. MOLLOY. They were taken from the Democratic Policy and Steering Committee and put under me. , & om
Mr. BENJAMIN. Has there been any difficulty? Mr. MOLLOY. None whatsoever, sir. They are an excellent operation. de
Mr. BENJAMIN. Let me ask Mr: Jewell if there has been any difficulty.
Mr. MOLLOY. Keith Jewell, who is the chief, is here. There are possibly some administrative problems. Whenever you change something there are growing pains. That is being studied by House Administration, by our office, and by Mr. Rhodes' office, with a possible future change.
Mr. BENJAMIN. Any questions? Mr. MICHEL. Do I understand then that as far as the Democratic photographers are concerned, they are funded out of your shop?
Mr. MOLLOY. Yes, sir. Mr. MICHEL. And ours are funded out of the Conference? Mr. MOLLOY. I am not sure of that. Yes, they are. At this point they are, yes, sir, but that is just in the last couple of months.
Mr. MICHEL. You know we have had all this flak around here about mixing politics with official government business, and whether or not the congressional committees should be even on Federal property. Mr. MOLLOY. That is what is behind this, sir, this study.
Mr. MICHEL. And we have come under some criticism with our congressional committee, because we are currently still being housed in Federal property, although trying to get our building done so that we can move, but it is surprising to me. We have got to make up our minds on these photographers, whether or not it is going to be considered strictly official kind of business or whether there is politics involved in it. If it is politics, then it belongs in both the Republican and Democratic congressional committees. If it is strictly official and no politics involved, then I can see where it could be funded out of your shop.
Mr. BENJAMIN. It has been taken out of congressional committees, one placed in Steering and Policy and the other in the Republican counterpart, the Republican Conference. Apparently the mold of the Democrats is that they even more depoliticize it by moving it to the Doorkeeper. You have minority and majority service in your office. I guess the real question is whether you want it transferred. Mr. MICHEL. I know we are drawing these real fine lines. Mr. Molloy. The guidelines are very strict.