Page images
PDF
EPUB

[Clerk's Note.-The following hearings of June 6 and June 10,

relating to House dining facilities, were conducted by a special subcommittee (Representatives Yates of Illinois and Andrews of North Dakota) appointed by the chairman of the Legislative Subcommittee for the purpose of looking into the operations of the House dining facilities:)

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1968.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE DINING FACILITIES

WITNESSES

J. GEORGE STEWART, ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL
PHILIP L. ROOF, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
CHARLES A. HENLOCK, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
WILLIAM F. RAINES, JR., ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE

ASSISTANT
KERMIT COWAN, RESTAURANT MANAGER
BERNARD A. BRADY, GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

Mr. Yates. We have with us today the gentlemen from the Office of the Architect of the Capitol who have, by virtue of the direction of he Legislative Subcommittee, been conducting a preliminary exploration into the possibilities of having the House dining facilities perated under some satisfactory private concession arrangement.

STATUTE GOVERNING PRESENT OPERATIONS I think the record should contain at this point a copy of Public aw 812 of the 76th Congress, section 208, and a copy of House Reslution 590, 76th Congress.

H. Res. 590, 76th CONGRESS, AGREED TO SEPTEMBER 5, 1940 Resolved, That effective October 1, 1940, until otherwise ordered by the louse, the management of the House Restaurant and all matters connected herewith shall be under the direction of the Architect of the United States 'apitol under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe for the operation nd the employment of necessary assistance for the conduct of said restaurant y such business methods as may produce the best results consistent with ecoomical and modern management.

“SEC. 2. The Committee on Accounts after the close of business September 30, 940, is hereby authorized and directed to transfer to the jurisdiction of the rchitect of the United State Capitol all accounts, records, supplies, equipment, nd assets of the House Restaurant that may be in the possession or under the ontrol of the said committee in order that all such items may be available to the rchitect of the United States Capitol toward the maintenance and operation of he House of Representatives Restaurant."

AUTOMATION PROGRAM First, the automation program. It is the conviction of the American Library Association that the efforts of libraries throughout this country to apply com: puter technology to their operations will, to a large extent, be dependent upou the Library of Congress' success in this field. The pilot project to provide machine-readable cataloging data to libraries on an experimental basis bas been met with a great deal of enthusiasm by the participating libraries. The second phase of this program-MARC II-holds even greater promise. The format prepared and developed by the Library's automation experts was ac cepted as a proposed national standard by two ALA divisions during its 19* midwinter conference. The extension of the MAR II program, with the dis tribution of more and more cataloging information on magnetic tape, and the appropriation of funds requested by the Library for its overall automation program are imperative if libraries are to keep pace with the informatico explosion.

SPECIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY BOOK PROCUREMENT

The Public Law 480 book procurement program, which utilizes United States-owned foreign currencies, can be described as a model for the coopera. tive acquisition of books and other materials from foreign lands. Since Coogress first approved funding for this program in 1961, over 8 million items inportant to researcch have been acquired for libraries in all 50 States of the Union. The ALA urges strongly that your subcommittee approve the requests for this program,

CATALOG CARD SALES

The Library's catalog card distribution program is essential to the library economy of this Nation. Funds requested for this operation are returned in full to the U.S. Treasury and the Association strongly commends the request before you in order that the speed and efficiency of the program will not be impaired by the ever-increasing workload resulting from orders by American libraries for catalog cards.

BOOKS FOR BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED Certainly no librarian in this country can forget library service to the blind and physically handicapped. The Congress has been generous in its support se the national books for the blind and physically handicapped program and the Association urges you to continue this support.

MADISON MEMORIAL LIBRARY BUILDING

The American Library Association has gone on record as strongly supporting the Library of Congress' need for a third building and the appropriation of funds to insure this end. At its Midwinter meeting in January, the Association adoptat the following resolution :

Be it resolved, That the American Library Association, a professional organization with a membership of more than 37,000, hereby urges the Congress of the United States to take immediate action to make appropriations to further the construction of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building in the interest of economy and efficiency, because, due to escalation in prices, ant delay only adds to the cost of the building, which is generally recognized as essential. Funds now necessarily being expended for rental space could be saved and services vital to the library world, the research community and the problr would not be endangered because of lack of appropriate space; THEREFORE the American Library Association calls upon the Congress to act swiftly in the national interest on behalf of the Library of Congress, which serves as the national library of the United States and whose services are central and essentia: to the welfare of the Nation's libraries and all the people they serve.

We cannot stress too strongly the necessity for this building if the Library Congress is to be truly a library for the Nation, if it is to serve libraries in communities throughout the land. As the situation now stands, overcrowdis and dispersement of activities are hampering the Library's services and efficiens Escalation in construction costs coupled with the bill for rental space are start reminders that economy will not be served by delay in appropriating the mon

DEPOSITORY LIBRARY PROGRAM

Finally, to continue the operation and development of the Nation's depository library program, the Association recommends that the subcommittee provide the $1.879 million recommended in the 1969 Federal budget to enable the Superintendent of Documents to further the implementation of this essential program, authorized by the Depository Library Act of 1962.

Federal funds allocated to this program of making Government-produced facts available to all who need them are an investment in an important share of the Government's output of information resources. One of the main objectives of depository libraries is to assist the taxpayer in his search for current and reliable data. The benefits derived from this activity accrue, in turn, to business, industry, science, research, and ultimately to the United States as a whole. By developing and increasing the number of designated depository libraries, Congress will be strengthening the country's information network.

In addition to GPO publications, other prime sources of objective information, which contribute to the depository library knowledge bank, are the so-called non-GPO documents. These are publications printed by Federal departments and agencies outside the Government Printing Office. They are the results, in many cases, of Government research and study, and contain data of great value for the users of libraries. These documents should be distributed as part of the depository library system.

In view of the preceding facts concerning the great value of these programs and services to the Nation, it is urged that the subcommittee approve the budget requests of the Library of Congress, allow the budget item for the continuance of work on the James Madison Memorial Library of Congress building, and authorize adequate funds for the implementation of the Depository Library Act of 1962.

ADDITIONAL HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING PROJECT

FURTHER PROPOSED REMODELING ITEMS, FISCAL YEAR 1969 (CLERK'S NOTE.—The following proposals for consideration in connection with the budget for 1969 were submitted after the close of the formal hearings:)

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL,

Washington, D.C., May 16, 1968. Ion. GEORGE W. ANDREWS, "hairman, Legislative Subcommittee, Touse Committee on Appropriations, Vashington, D.C.

MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: When I appeared before your committee on [arch 28, 1968, I presented a justification of a budget estimate of $6,975,000, subnitted through the Bureau of the Budget at the direction of the House Office Building Commission, for remodeling the Longworth House Office Building and ther work necessary in connection therewith, detailed on pages 256 and 257 of he House hearings.

When I appeared before your committee on April 2, 1968, I presented to your ommittee items of work, estimated to cost $700,000, necessary to be done in the scal year 1969 in the three House Office Buildings and the Congressional Hotel 1 the event the Longworth remodeling program is deferred, detailed on page 298 f the House hearings.

FIREARMS PRACTICE RANGE FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE, RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE

BUILDING

One of the items included in the estimate of $700,000 was $113,500 for installaon of a firearms practice range for the Capitol Police in the lowest garage level

the Rayburn Building, which would cause the loss of only about eight parking aces. This item was not included in the remodeling estimate of $6,975,000. At te hearings, you will recall, we stated that this item had not been heard by the ouse Office Building Commission, but that we understood the Commission viewed sympathetically. At a meeting of the House Office Building Commission, yesterday, the Comission unanimously endorsed the proposal for installing a firearms practice

range in the proposed location in the Rayburn Building, and requested the Archtect of the Capitol to advise your committee that the Commission considers that an urgently needed item and to request your committee to give favorable air sideration to the inclusion of the funds requested for this item in the legislatint branch appropriation bill for 1969. The Chief of the Capitol Police also makes an urgent plea for this item, and I fully concur in the urgency of need. Prior to approving this item, the same was discussed with the select committee in charge of the House garages, appointed under authority of House Resolutioe 514, 90th Congress, and the three members of this committee (Congresstud: Sisk, Congressman Hays, and Congressman Gross) also endorsed use of the garage space in the Rayburn Building for a firearms practice range.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDICI

Since we appeared before your committee, need for another item has ariser, estimated to cost $25,000. At the meeting of the House Office Building Com mission, yesterday, Congressman Price and other members of the House Com mittee on Standards of Official Conduct appeared before the Commission to request that their committee be assigned space on the third floor of the Rayburt Building, identified as room 2360; that the Commission endorse a request for 2 appropriation of $25,000 to make necessary changes in this one large room te accommodate their committee, in accordance with a layout prepared by the Architect of the Capitol at the request of the committee.

The Commission unanimously approved the requests of the committee and directed the Architect of the Capitol to request the House Appropriations Committee to give favorable consideration to the inclusion of $25,000 for this purpose in the legislative branch appropriation bill for 1969.

If funds for the remodeling program are not allowed for the fiscal year 1990 then it is requested that this item of $25,000 be added to the amount of $700.000 for the items of work recommended to be done in the fiscal year 1969, increas ing the total amount, requested, to $725,000.

In testifying before your committee, we advised that the only unfinished spaces in the Rayburn Building, suitable for committee use during the r modeling of the Longworth Building, were rooms 2358, 2360, and 2362 on the third floor of the Rayburn Building; that these rooms are now being used for the storage of furniture by the Clerk of the House; that, approval of either funds for a complete remodeling program or, in lieu thereof, $700,000 for work recommended to be done in the fiscal year 1969, in any event, would provide other storage areas for the furniture and permit these rooms to be vacated for committee use.

Assignment by the House Office Building Commission of room 2360 to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct would leave rooms 2358 and 2362 available for other committee use when the Longworth Building is te modeled, and would not interfere with the remodeling program.

Under the amount of $25,000, it is proposed to subdivide room 2360, which tains approximately 1,600 square feet of space into seven rooms by erection & masonry and metal partitions. The plans provide for a conference room, & root for the staff director, a room for the assistant staff director and staff, a rors for a secretary, a room for a records clerk, a clerical and reception room, and a storage room for files.

Breakdown of estimate
Masonry and plastering work.------------------------
Metal partition work-------
Electrical work (including relocating lighting fixtures, electrical and

telephone installations)-----
Acoustical work (including removal and replacement of existing ceiling).
Carpentry and millwork-----
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning
Painting --
Miscellaneous and contingency--

A

Moon of elde

1

1

11 11

Painting

-------------------------------

1

-----

Total
Yours very truly,

J. GEORGE STEWARE

« PreviousContinue »