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It includes requirements of other legislation and Committee reports as follows:
The Defense Authorization Act
Public Telecommunications Financing
Act of 1978
Health Services Extension Act
Energy Research and Development
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
An Act to clarify the Authority
for the Employment of Personnel
Senate Report and House Conference
Report on the Department of
Electric Utility Rate Section
of National Energy Act
Powerplant and Industrial Fuel
Use Act of 1978
It also includes 103 staff years to meet the additional
FY 1980 workload requirements of requests of Congressional
Committees and Members.
Planning, as we are, for Committee and Member requests to increase by 103 staff years in FY 1980 is a conservative
In all likelihood, the increase in requirements for work in FY 1980--over fy 1979 levels--imposed by Committee and Member requests will exceed this amount. The increase of 103 staff years for work under Committee and Member requests
constitutes only a 7 percent increase over FY 1979 levels.
Using FY 1971 as a base, resources required to fulfill
Committee and Member requests have increased by more than 7 percent in all but one year. The average increase for the period from FY 1971 through FY 1978 has been 15.5 percent.
The 212 staff years required by new legislation and Committee reports referred to by the question; the 35 staff years required by legislation and Committee reports in addition to those referred to by the question; and the 103 staff years that will be required in FY 1980 to meet Committee and Member requests--above FY 1979 levels--in total comprise the 350 additional staff years of workload for which we
are requesting resources in FY 1980.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FY 1979 AND FY 1980 WORKLOAD INCREASES
Most of this new legislation and Committee reports increase GAO workload in both fy 1979 and in FY 1980. But for much
of it, the staff year impact differs between those two years.
Some will be worked on and completed in FY 1979 and will have no impact on FY 1980 staffing requirements. Many will
continue to require significant work in FY 1980 and will need to be staffed in that year also. There are a few congressional actions that we now know of which will require no work (or staff) in FY 1979 but will need to be performed in fy 1980. This relationship between the two years is pointed up by the attached. It lists the workload impact of new legislation and Committee reports that we now know about. We know that FY 1980 additional workload requirements are understated in that they do not include provision for
new legislation which will impact on that year, even though
it is a virtual certainty that there will be substantial new legislative reguirements.
PLANS TO MEET ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD
The additional workload that will need to be accommodated
either by obtaining additional resources, by reprogramming, by assignment deferrals or by management improvements, totals 398 staff years in FY 1979 and 350 staff years in FY 1980. Our plans are to use all of these approaches. Plans for fy 1979
For fy 1979, the 398 staff years that we will need to apply to requirements resulting from new Congressional actions will largely be met by reprogramming from work that we would otherwise do under our continuing responsibilities. We are requesting only 82 additional staff years as a supplemental appropriation for FY 1979--leaving us 316 staff years short
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of our needs to meet those requirements in FY 1979. Our decision to request only 82 staff years was heavily influenced by the time when such additional resources could reasonably be expected to be available to us.
In so drastically limiting our fy 1979 supplemental request we knew that we would need to reprogram staff from work under our continuing responsibilities at a level that we could not long sustain. Stated differently, our FY 1979 supplemental appropriation request calls for an absorption of additional reguirements at a level that would be imprudent if continued for a longer period. Plans for FY 1980
For FY 1980, the 350 staff years of additional workload
will, according to our plans, be met' in part by having 250
staff years more than those which are obtainable from present
staffing levels. This additional 250 staff years includes full FY 1980 funding of the 82 staff years requested by our FY 1979 supplemental request and the 168 additional staff years requested for FY 1980. The remaining 100 staff years--or 28 percent of the total FY 1980 workload increase of 350 staff years--will be absorbed by a combination of management improvements and by reprogramming from work under our continuing responsibilities. While it is a large workload increase
to absorb, we believe that it can be prudently done.
Our request for an additional 250 staff years to meet 350 staff years of additional workload is, we believe, consistent
with GAO's attempt to keep our requests for additional resources
at a minimum level consistent with our overall responsibilities.
GAO's recently instituted Assignment Review Group and
other similar procedures systematically challenge all proposed
assignments to probe how they can be done better, cheaper and more quickly. This is having significant payoffs; and those results are factored into our appropriation requests.
Another factor that we consider in deciding the additional resources that we will require is the substance of the work that we are requested to do by by legislation, Committee report or by Committee or Member requests. We consider whether these requirements have the effect, in whole or in part, of meeting work that we would otherwise need to do under our continuing responsibilities. To the extent that they do, we do not request additional resources to