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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. ROBISON. No questions, Mr. Chairman.

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.

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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
finance 3,617. The remainder will be financed from other sources of funds.,

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-
portion of their training to Commission facilities.

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.

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+155

$+702,356

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR
ALL ACTIVITIES:

Salories & Expenses, CSC 3,378 $ 59,676 3,617 $ 65,804 3,617 $ 65,774
Federal Labor Relations Council 30

571
30

764
30

726
Intergovom'tal Personnel Asst.

12,500
15,000

10,000
Govemment Payment for
Annuitants, EHB

109,568
137,608

125,114
Payment to Civil Service
Retirement & Disability Fund

546,570
546,570

589,905
Annuities Under Special Acts

1,120
1,144

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Plus:

Reimbursements, Transfers and
Indefinite Authorization

2,146 $ 651,154 2,367 $1,040,896 2,522 $1,718,623 +155
TOTAL OBLIGATIONS

5,554 $1,381,159 6,014 $1,807,786 6,169 $2,510,142
Less:
Capital Outloys

800
480

312 Change in Selected Resources

16,225

11,021

-22,624
TOTAL OPERATING COST OF ALL
ACTIVITIES

5,554 $1,364,134 6,014 $1,796,285 6,169 $2,532,454 +155
Operating Cost by Activity:

1. Assuring a Merit Work Force 3,973 68,278 4,230 72,995 4,312 78,783 +82 2. Providing Retirement & Insurance Benefits

753

1,275,676 804 1,687,370 882 2,418,021 +78
3. Strengthening State & Local
Personnel Administration 196

6,363 319

20,743 303 20,193 -16 4. Other Programs

43
1,685 43
1,777 44

1,588 +1
5. General Administration
589 12,132

13,400 628 13,869 +10
1/ Included in appropriation: Payment to Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund.
NOTE: FY 1973 program and FY 1974 estimate reflect pay scales prior to the general salary increase

effective in January 1973, including retirement fund financing.

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618

ACTIVITY 1 - ASSURING A MERIT WORK FORCE

(All Amounts in Thousands of Dollars)

FULL-TIME
PERMANENT
POSITIONS

FULL-TIME
PERMANENT
POSITIONS

FULL-TIME
PERMANENT
POSITIONS

AMOUNT

AMOUNT

AMOUNT

909

UNITED STATES CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

COMPARATIVE SUMMARY STATEMENT

1972 ACTUAL

1973 PROGRAM

1974 ESTIMATE

APPROPRIATION APPLIED TO ACTIVITY 1:

Salaries and Expenses, CSC

2,775

$46,839

2,951

$50,922

2,933

$50,800

Plus:

Reimbursements

1,198

21,738

1,279

22,348

1,379

28,607

TOTAL OBLIGATIONS

3,973

$68,577

4,230

$73,270

4,312

$79,407

Less:

Capital Outlays
Change in Selected Resources

542
-243

354
-79

221
403

TOTAL OPERATING COST OF ACTIVITY I

3,973

$68,278

4,230

$72,995

4,312

$78,783

Operating Cost by Purpose:

Keeping Personnel Policies Current
Staffing for Federal Employment
Assuring Fitness & Suitability
Improving Personnel and Management

98
1,833
1,133

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

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