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3 years, it goes to a 50-50 basis, so we will be financing 50 percent the project, and the State and local government will be financing percent.
So it appears--and my memory is vague on this--that the Congre looked at this as seed money to get things started and to go up to degree where a larger burden is really picked up by the State ar local governments.
TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE TO BE EXPENDED IN FISCAL YEAR 1974
Mr. STEED. The $15 million you had in the 1973 fiscal year, ho much of that would be unexpended, which you'll have available?
Mr. HAMPTON. That's roughly $9 million, I believe.
Mr. STEED. That $9 million with the $5 million you have now, w that enable you to maintain something in the neighborhood of th current level
Mr. HAMPTON. Yes, with the $10 million appropriation reques this will give us a program level in fiscal 1974 that is very comparab to what the present level is.
Mr. STEED. Do you feel that after another year's experience in thi that you'll have a much better handle on what the longer range need are going to be than you have now?
Mr. HAMPTON. I think so. All of the evidence available indicate that this program is a success, and is so recognized by the State an local government officials who have participated in it. As I indicate earlier, we are currently evaluating it to provide as firm a basis a possible for our budget request for fiscal year 1975.
Mr. STEED. Mr. Robison, do you have anything?
Mr. STEED. Gentlemen, it's been a long afternoon in a poorly venti lated room. You've been very cooperative, and we appreciate it. We'r always delighted to have a very fine organization like the Civil Servic Commission before us. We trust that we will be able to give you th wherewithal to continue to do a very outstanding job.
Mr. Hampton. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I appreciati it.
Mr. STEED. The committee will stand adjourned until furthe notice.
The budget for accomplishing the objectives of the U.S. Civil Service Commission in FY 1974 totals approximately $2.5 billion. Of this amount, over $1.7 billion consists of reimbursements, transfers, and a permanent indefinite authorization, leaving $791,519,000 to be appropriated. Most of this latter amount consists of payments to the various trust funds. For the Salaries and Expenses Appropriation, an amount of $65,774,000 is requested, a decrease of $30,000.
Of the 6,169 full-time permanent positions budgeted in FY 1974, the Salaries and Expenses Appropriation will
Following are highlights of this budget:
Activity One, "Assuring a Merit Work Force" The Civil Service Commission will continue in FY 1974 to carry out the provisions of the prevailing Rate Act (P.L. 92-392), approved August 19, 1972.
The recruiting and examining program reflects a reduction in workload as a result of an anticipated decline in the level of Federal employment during FY 1974 and provides a Government-wide savings due to the absorption of testing and job information services previously performed by the Postal Service.
The reimburs able training program is expected to continue to increase as agencies shift a larger pro-
The Commission's reimbursable investigations program will assume a substantial workload increase as a result of agreements reached with the Department of Justice to perform certain background investigations formerly processed by the FBI.
The Commission will test a prototype system of the Federal personnel management information system in three agencies in FY 1974.
Activity Two, "Providing Retirement and Insurance Benefits"
Increases are budgeted for the Government share of retirement and disability benefits based on recent legislation liberalizing benefits for air traffic controllers and firefighters. In addition, it is proposed that the Postal Service finance the unfunded liability for increases in pay and retirement benefits for postal employees. This amount, $285 million, has been deleted from the appropriation request. Through negotiation, the Employee Health Benefits program will have only slightly higher premium rates and an increasing number of enrollees causing an increase in the Federal contribution. To administer the Retirement and Insurance program, increases are requested to process substantially larger workloads resulting from both the growing number of persons eligible for retirement benefits and the Commission's proposal to return unclaimed money in the retirement and disability fund, and to provide additional emphasis on audits and contract negotiations with health insurance carriers.
Activity Three, "Strengthening State and Local Personnel Administration" Financial assistance for State and local governments will continue at approximately the same level in FY 1974 pending an evaluation of the grant program. Requests for Training of State and local government employees on a reimbursable basis are expected to increase substantially.
Activity Four, "Other Programs"
Based on estimates from the Department of Justice, the budget provides for a reduction in Voting Rights observations from the level in FY 1973, a year of national elections.
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR
Salories & Expenses, CSC 3,378 $ 59,676 3,617 $ 65,804 3,617 $ 65,774
Reimbursements, Transfers and
2,146 $ 651,154 2,367 $1,040,896 2,522 $1,718,623 +155
5,554 $1,381,159 6,014 $1,807,786 6,169 $2,510,142
312 Change in Selected Resources
5,554 $1,364,134 6,014 $1,796,285 6,169 $2,532,454 +155
1. Assuring a Merit Work Force 3,973 68,278 4,230 72,995 4,312 78,783 +82 2. Providing Retirement & Insurance Benefits
1,275,676 804 1,687,370 882 2,418,021 +78
20,743 303 20,193 -16 4. Other Programs
13,400 628 13,869 +10
effective in January 1973, including retirement fund financing.
ACTIVITY 1 - ASSURING A MERIT WORK FORCE
(All Amounts in Thousands of Dollars)
UNITED STATES CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPARATIVE SUMMARY STATEMENT
APPROPRIATION APPLIED TO ACTIVITY 1:
Salaries and Expenses, CSC
TOTAL OPERATING COST OF ACTIVITY I
Operating Cost by Purpose:
Keeping Personnel Policies Current
1,896 30,863 16,783 18,736
91 1,830 1,219 1,090
1,802 31,747 16,008 23,438
103 1,798 1,211 1,200
2,051 31,275 19,359 26,098