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HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS
PROGRAM AND FINANCING (IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS)
1967 actual 1968 estimate 1969 estimate
Program by activities: 10 Maintenance and operation of the House Office Buildings (obliga
tions)... Financing: 25 Unobligated balance lapsing .......
New obligational authority.-.-.New obligational authority: 40 Appropriation.. 44 Proposed supplemental for wage-board increases
Relation of obligations to expenditures: 71 Total obligations (affecting expenditures). 72 Obligated balance, start of year. 74 Obligated balance, end of year.. 77 Adjustments in expired accounts... 90 Expenditures (excluding pay increase supplemental)...........
Expenditures from wage-board supplemental...
Personnel compensation: 11.1 Permanent positions.. 11.3 Positions other than permanent.. 11.5 Other personnel compensation...
Total personnel compensation........
Maintenance, subway transportation system.
Special and annual equipment...
Mr. ANDREWS. The next item is for the House Office Buildings, for which $4,845,600 is requested for fiscal year 1969, an increase of $241,100 over the total for 1968 including the pending wage board supplemental. The item is on page 89 of the committee print. We will insert pages 87 through 92 of the justifications.
(The pages follow:) 1968 appropriation in annual act-------
$4, 481,000 Wage-board pay supplemental.-
123, Total appropriations—1968----
Under the provisions of Public Law 763, 83d Congress, 556 laborers and mechanics on the House Office Buildings roll are compensated on a wage-board, prevailing rate basis. Public Law 763 provides that the compensation for such employees shall be adjusted from time to time as nearly as is consistent with the public interest in accordance with prevailing rates.
An increase of $49,000 is requested for 1969 to meet on a fullyear basis the cost of increased wage rates established for these wage-board positions as a result of a general survey of Government and industrial employees' wages in the Washington Metropolitan area, conducted during the past year. The new rates went into effect October 22, 1967, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 85-872, 85th Congress. This increase is necessary in order that the House Office Buildings Wage-Board employees may be compensated on a full-year basis in the fiscal year 1969 in accordance with present prevailing rates.
An increase of $46,320 is requested for 1969 to meet the cost of within-grade promotions and other changes authorized by Public Law 763 under the Wage-Board System, for employees
compensated under that act. Within-grade promotions and other changes authorized by the Classi
fication Act of 1949, as amended, for employees compensated under
that act-------Pay above the stated annual rate allotment- Increase ----
Normally, it is necessary to provide, annually, for 1 additional day's pay above the regular 260-basic workdays per year, since usually the extra day falls on a basic workday (Monday to Friday). This allotment is determined by deducting 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays from the total of 365 calendar days in a normal year. Last year (leap year), one additional day fell on a Saturday and the other on a Sunday, resulting in the elimination of the need for this allotment for 1968. For 1969, the additional day falls on a basic workday, necessitating the need for restoration of this
allotment for 1969. Increased pay costs due to Public Law 90-206 "Federal Salary Act of 1967," approved December 16, 1967------
Increases authorized by this act went into effect October 8, 1967. The cost for the fiscal year 1968 amounts to $18,300. Due to delay in filling 30 new jobs allowed for 1968, it is possible to absorb this cost in 1968. However, since such savings will not recur in 1969, it is necessary to request for 1969 the full annual cost of
$25,400 for next year. Overtime and holiday pay-increased from $473,300 to $481,700----
This allotment is adjusted to conform to increased costs resulting from base pay increases under Public Law 763, 83d Congress,
and Public Law 90-206. Nightwork and Sunday differential pay-increased from $120,500 to $167,800.----------
This increase is necessary to meet the cost on a current expenditure basis of work performed under this allotment. Costs under this allotment have been gradually increasing over the past several years, due to annual wage-rate increases provided by law and the addition of personnel, and the point has now been reached
where a realistic adjustment under this allotment is necessary. Payment to employees' life insurance fund-increased from $9,800 to $20,800 -----
This item is required to cover the cost of the Government's payment to employees' life insurance fund required by Public Law 598, 83d Congress. The increase of $11,000 is due to additional costs resulting from enactment of Public Law 90–206, which provides for additional amounts of insurance for all Federal employees and establishes a new minimum insurance coverage of $10,000 for those employees whose annual basic salary is $8,000 or less.
Contribution to retirement fund-increased from $208,500 to $220,100
This item is required to cover the cost of Government contribution to retirement fund required by Public Law 854, 84th Con
gress. The additional cost results from increase in basic pay rates. Annual painting—increased from $35,000 to $40,000 ---------
Due to the remodeling of the Cannon Building, no funds for painting in this building are included in the 1969 estimate. The 1969 estimate is based on painting approximately 130 suites in the Longworth and Rayburn Buildings—the same number as in 1968, and some of the corridors in the Longworth Building. The $5,000 increase is due, primarily, to increased labor costs. The 1968 estimate was based on painters' wages, including fringe benefits, of $4.81 per hour, whereas the 1969 estimate is based on painters' wages, including fringe benefits, of $5.31 per hour
the new rate which will go into effect in May of this year. Elevator and escalator repairs-increased from $13,655 to $20,555_-
The allotment of $13,655 was established in 1965. An additional amount of $6,900 is requested for 1969 to provide, adequately, for maintenance of the increased elevator and escalator equipment now in use. The allotment provides for the regular annual maintenance and repair of 21 elevators and 1 lift in the Cannon and Longworth Buildings, 30 elevators and 23 escalators in the Rayburn Building, and two elevators and two escalators in the underground garages in squares 637 and 691, and provides for the purchase of such items as cable, minor replacement and re
pair parts, lubricants, oil, grease, tools, and cleaning fluid. Maintenance, air-conditioning systems-increased from $18,700 to $31,000
No increase has been provided under this allotment since 1965, when the Rayburn Building was occupied. An increase of $12,300 is requested for 1969, of which $2,800 is asked to meet increased annual maintenance costs; $1,000 to provide for maintenance of the air-conditioning, heating and ventilating systems placed in operation in the underground garages in June 1967 when the garage shops were occupied and placed in service; $1,000 to cover additional cost of filter replacements in the air-conditioning system serving the areas of the Cannon Building remodeled under the first phase of remodeling work; $7,500 to provide a prefilter system for the Rayburn Building air-conditioning system.
The additional amount of $1,000 for the underground garages is based on an annual cost of $500 for filter replacements and $500 for oil, grease, cleaning equipment, tools, paint, and other miscellaneous maintenance items.
The additional amount of $1,000 for the Cannon Building is based on an annual filter replacement cost of $3,400 in lieu of an annual expenditure of $2,400 required for such purpose prior to the remodeling project. Under the remodeling project, high efficiency, cloth-type air filters have been installed in the airconditioning system, displacing the original throwaway-type filters used since 1938. High efficiency air filters of the cloth type, introduced by the industry in 1961, result in reduced maintenance hours, higher output of heating and cooling coils, less smudging of ceiling and wall surfaces, and more healthful conditions for the building occupants. The higher replacement cost of the clothtype filters will be offset to some extent by their longer useful life.
The additional amount of $7,500 for the Rayburn Building is to offset the effects of air pollution conditions in the vicinity of the building, improve operating results, and lower maintenance costs. When the mechanical installations for the Rayburn Building were designed in 1957, electrostatic air filters of the type included in the superstructure contract were considered to be essential adjuncts for a high grade air-conditioning installation in buildings generally. Operating experience with numerous installations of this type has revealed the desirability for some form of pre-filtering at the inlets of electrostatic air filters in order to prolong
the life of the filter assembly and achieve improved operation. In 1961, the industry introduced a high efficiency cloth-type filter which will rapidly supplant the electrostatic type of filter. The manufacturer of the electrostatic filters now installed in the Rayburn Building, in line with this advancement, has discontinued production of electrostatic filters, but will continue to supply replacement parts for a period of 8 years.
In order to prolong the life of the major components in the electrostatic filter assemblies installed under the Rayburn Building contract, this office initiated an experimental installation of prefilters. Four of the 30 air-handling units in this building have been equipped with such experimental installations. The prefilters utilized for this purpose are relatively inexpensive, replaceable components requiring cleaning twice a month by the simple expedient of washing down with a garden hose. The improved operating results and lower maintenance costs produced by these experimental installations are of significance. The amount of $7,500 requested for 1969 will enable us to equip the balance of 26 air handling units in the Rayburn Building with a similar
prefilter system. Air-conditioning, like other mechanical systems, is a field in which
technological design advances are constantly being developed, and taking advantage of such advances, wherever possible, is deemed to be in the Government's interest.
------ (+) $241, 100 Total estimate for 1969_
4, 845, 600
WAGE RATE INCREASES
Mr. ANDREWS The first item of additions is for wage rate increases, $95,320.
What percentage of the number of the payroll of this appropriation is paid under the wage board procedure?
Mr. HENLOCK. About 87 percent. That is 556 out of a total of 644 employees allowed for the three House office buildings and garages, and that includes 178 part-time charwomen.
Mr. ANDREWS. Are the charwomen under your jurisdiction ?
VACANT POSITIONS Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Ridgell, what is the total number of employees for the House office buildings?
Mr. RIDGELL. 644.
Mr. RIDGELL. They are scattered. For instance, there are seven laborers, and we had an air-conditioning foreman in the Cannon Building who retired last Saturday.
Mr. ANDREWS. Do you have a pretty big turnover in your labor force? Percentagewise, what is it?
Mr. RIDGELL. I don't think it is too big, Mr. Chairman.
(The information follows:)
Last year, the turnover on the House Office Buildings maintenance force, esclusive of elevator operators, totaled 6 percent. This year, it has totaled 3 per. cent for the first half of the year and is likely to be less than 6 percent for the full year. The following table gives supplemental detail:
HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS PERSONNEL TURNOVER, FISCAL YEARS 1967 AND 1st HALF 1958
Mr. ANDREWS. How many positions are authorized ?
Mr. ANDREWS. Do you have difficulty in filling some of the positions or, putting it in another way, how many vacancies did you have as of a recent date and in what category? You have partially answered that but put something in the record on that.
(The information follows:)
The 21 vacancies include two sheet metal workers; one steamfitter-plumber; one painter ; one mechanic and three helpers in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning department; one supply clerk; ten laborers on the cleaning force; and two garage attendants. The only difficulty I have experienced has been in filling the sheet metal worker jobs. I expect no difficulty in filling the other vacancies.
Mr. ANDREWS. I imagine that situation might permit you to absorb a great deal of the wage board and increased Pay Act costs, is that correct?
Mr. RIDGELL. Yes, sir.
ANNUAL PAINTING COSTS Mr. ANDREWS. You are asking for an additional $5,000 for annual painting. Tell us about that.
Mr. HENLOCK. That is simply to cover a wage rate increase to painters. Our 1968 estimate was based on painters' wages, including fringe benefits, of $4.81 per hour. There will be an increase in May, which has already been approved, to $5.31 per hour which will add to the cost.
Mr. ANDREWS. On what basis do you figure you will need to paint approximately 130 suites during 1969 in the Longworth and Rayburn Buildings?